National School Lunch Week – October 12-16

school lunch weekI hated making lunches…I hated that I wasn’t creative with them…It was the worst part of my morning routine.

I knew that they are important…I knew that my children need them…

“Academic success requires hard work and concentration. Students distracted by hunger cannot match the focus of their peers. Poorly nourished students are also more likely to become ill, and miss class more frequently,” reports one website on NSLW. I know…I know!

And I know that I was not alone in this misery, as I saw many of my facebook friends who were also complaining that the start of school meant the start of making lunches again. It was and is a dreaded task for many.

 

Beverly’s Hot Tip For Celebrating National School Lunch Week:

  • Get a plan. Pick a number of possibilities and lay it out over a one or two week schedule. Take the guess work out of the task and it makes it easier to handle.
  • Get the kids to help out. I got totally grossed out by anything left in the lunch bag (did I mention I have a very sensitive gag reflex). Each night when they come home they cleaned out their lunch bags to air them out.
  • Get it over quickly. As soon as I could get up, I tackled their lunches. I usually had it done before they came to the kitchen for breakfast. Then I could focus on everything else that needed to be done before I sent the boys on their way.
  • Know that someday you will probably miss having lunches to make (I was grateful when they started to make their own lunches and I still don’t miss making them at all, but I am told by my empty-nester friends that someday I will miss making them.)

 

If you have some strategies to share – comment on this posting!

Additional Resources:

Stress Smart Families For A StressLess School Year

Back Pack Safety Month

Caffeine Awareness Month

Food, Mood And Stress

National Festival of Sleep

Back To School And Morning Chaos

Parent Teacher Conflict

Reduce The Chaos Week

One Week To Go – For a StressLess School Year

Back To School Week

One Week To Go – A StressLess School Year

Simplifying My Life and Regaining My Rhythm

 

 

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Written by Beverly Beuermann-King

Building Resiliency Through Stress and Wellness Strategies.
Stress and resiliency strategist, Beverly Beuermann-King, CSP, translates current research and best practices information into a realistic, accessible and more practical approach through her dynamic stress and wellness workshops, on-line stress and resiliency articles, books, e-briefs and media interviews.

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