Mum’s snack baskets stop kids eating when they are bored at home amid coronavirus school closures

by - March 19, 2020

Mum's snack baskets stop kids eating when they are bored at home amid coronavirus school closures
The three snack baskets (Picture: Jennifer Hallstrom )

Schools will close across the UK this Friday due to the coronavirus pandemic and parents are preparing to have their kids at home.

Without the structure of the school day, it can be hard to keep kids busy and with many parents still working from home, they might end up a little bored.

Sometimes they confuse that boredom for hunger and are constantly looking for snacks, but parents say it is expensive and means that they are less likely to eat everything at mealtimes.

Tired of finding her kids snacking, Jennifer Hallstrom came up with a simple solution.

The mum laid out three different coloured baskets – one for each kid – and filled them with a range of healthy snacks.

She also added a cup for each of them to drink from.

She explained to her children that they could eat what they wanted from the baskets, but once they were finished, she wouldn’t add any more.

The children obviously still had their breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the day but the baskets focus on snacks.

Jennifer said: ‘I keep seeing these posts about kiddos wanting to eat all day while they are home. This was my solution! Each child has their own colored basket.

‘In the morning I put their snacks in it for the day, when those snacks are gone they don’t get any more.

‘It makes them stop and think do I really need a snack? I also put their cup for the day in there because I’m not washing 50 cups a day! Hahaha!’

The post quickly went viral with over 290,000 shares and 189,000 likes.

Lots of other parents commented to say they loved the idea.

One said: ‘Love this! I HATE that I have let the kids fall into the habit of getting their own snacks throughout the day. Might give this a shot while I am at home!’

Another added: ‘I need to do this because my boy would snack all day out of boredom and then not want to eat meals it drives me nuts.’

Jennifer did receive a few negative comments and she edited the post to clarify that there was still plenty to stop her kids going hungry but she was just keep for them to think about whether they actually needed something to eat.

She added: ‘I didn’t think I had to say this but my children eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are well fed and I don’t starve them. Sad I even have to say that. Also in no way shape or form am I fat shaming my children. 

‘I just don’t have the luxury of spending $400 on just snacks for a week .’

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source https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/19/mums-snack-baskets-stop-kids-eating-bored-home-amid-coronavirus-school-closures-12423915/?ITO=squid

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