Allow Yourself the Luxury of Prepackaged Snacks

Photo: nadianb, Shutterstock
Photo: nadianb, Shutterstock

Depending on where you reside, you may be sending your children to school in masks or keeping them home to learn via Chromebook. Maybe it’s a blend of the two. Either way, it probably sucks, which is why I think you should just go ahead and make one small aspect of your life easier, and buy some prepackaged snacks.

Yes, the packaging is wasteful, and if you have time to portion a bulk bag of granola into little mason jars, I love that for you. Many parents don’t and I don’t think they should feel bad about buying a big bag that contains many smaller bags that are filled with pretzels, or raisins, cauliflower puffs or whatever it is children eat these days (not peanuts, I have heard — but maybe peanuts?).

Just allow yourself this one tiny concession, even if your children are learning from home. Prepackaged snacks are easy to pack and send out into the world, yes, but they’re also easy to regulate and count. A child is much more likely to understand “you can have one little bag of granola,” than they are “you can have a quarter cup of granola,” and the numbers are simply harder to fudge.

Also — and I can only speak for myself — I always thought there was something comforting about opening a lunchbox to find a neat little package of some sort of brand name snack. A pudding cup, a bag of Tiny Teddies, a string cheese — these snacks telegraph a sort of mundane normality, something that is currently lacking in most people’s lives. If LCMs can make managing your routine a little easier while also giving your child a small spot of joy, then let them eat their LCMs. (You should probably have one too — those things rule.)

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