Can you please tell me about your lunch box routine?
When do you make them and do you do them all the same?
I have three children and find it a struggle keeping up with the different wants that they have.
Any tips you have to share would be really helpful!
I have to say right from the start that I have a love/hate relationship with the lunch box routine that I have. Every morning, Monday to Friday, I wake up at 5am and immediately start on the lunch boxes. Yes. It is crazy and very, very early.
I wake up that early because at just past 5am I wake my oldest daughter up to get ready to leave for an early class she attends. After I wake her up I start to put together the lunch boxes for my cherubs.
Often the night before I will cut up fruit and put it in containers and leave it in the fridge. Then in the morning I can put it in the lunch boxes all ready to go. My husband often get's up early to help me with the sandwiches and we talk whilst most of the other children are asleep. It is nice to have that time together.
My oldest daughter leaves at about 5:40 and then I wake up my oldest son who also attends a different early morning class. Some mornings I also wake up another daughter who leaves early for school to attend band practice.
So I am up early every morning anyway and have decided to use this time for getting the school lunches ready. My children do have alarm clocks but I like to be up early to support them and help them prepare for the day. They do most of it themselves and I am just there for anything extra they need.
With seven cherubs and seven different lunch boxes to get ready I have to say that I do cater to the different needs of my children when putting them together. Not in an over the top way, but in a small way. For example: certain children like green apples and certain children like red apples. Some like grapes and some like strawberries. So I tend to personally cater only in that way.
With the sandwiches I normally do them all the same. Depends what I am making. For example, if I decide to do egg/lettuce sandwiches, I know that four out of my seven children only like it. So the other three get vegemite or honey or something easy.
Often my children will help me out the night before in putting crackers/chips/sultanas etc. in the lunch boxes if we are doing those things for the next day. So my children are involved in helping me and just yesterday Nathan mentioned to me, 'Doing lunch boxes is like putting together a puzzle'. I tend to agree with him. Every morning I wake up and put together seven puzzles. I love doing this for my cherubs but it also tends to drive me crazy most mornings!
I find it really helpful to have a list of what you can put in a lunch box for your cherubs and if you are exhausted and too tired to think you can refer to it to help you out. Even though I do the boxes five days a week, I still have mornings where my brain can't remember what my kids like!
I know you are probably thinking this is all just insane but it is a routine that for some weird reason works for me and for those of you thinking of having a large family...be prepared to put together a lot of lunch boxes over the years. 7 lunch boxes x 5 days a week x say 30 weeks a year = 1050 lunch boxes! See why I have a love/hate relationship with my lunch box routine!
Hope that has been helpful and answered your question.
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