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Tips and tricks to help your child pack their own school lunch

Our oldest son is in his second year at a Montessori school that fosters and preaches and attempts to ingrain independence (as all Montessori programs do). I packed his lunch for him every day last year, even though his teacher suggested that he do it himself.

I just couldn’t do it. I had no system in place. He is the slowest slowpoke on the planet. How would he know what to pack? Would I end up doing it for him anyway? Would he pack 4 bananas and a piece of cheese? Would I be nagging him all morning every day of my life?

See, I’m a bit of a control freak. And he’s a bit of a fly by the seat of his pants kid who couldn’t care less when and if things get done. We’re a fantastic match.

This year, he actually insisted that he wanted to pack his own lunch, which gave the boot to my nagging doubts about whether he I could handle it. We’ve tried the “Just get it done because it has to be done” inspirational speech and it works zero percent of the time, so I buckled down and made a plan.  One of the things that the Montessori approach really stresses is that kids are capable of so much more than we give them credit for.  As long as you give them the proper instructions and make all the tools easily accessible, with some guidance they can actually be fairly independent little humans.  Which in turn gives parents a few extra seconds to spend on the 172 loads of laundry that need folding.

The Plan!

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Main Concern:

He wouldn’t know what or how much to pack and he’d be asking
me what to do every step of the way.

Solution:

I knew he needed a road map, but I wasn’t about to write out a list for him every day on what to bring. He could pack the same thing every single day, but that’s not necessarily creating independence. That’s more of a dictatorship. We basically keep the same (or very similar) snacks in our pantry and food in our fridge each week, so I knew his lunches would consist of mainly the same things, just in different rotations. I decided to give him a choice.

I wanted to make sure he had a good balanced lunch to give him fuel and energy for the afternoon, but that he had options to make him excited to eat. I decided to write out the basic lunch categories and then give him a limited number of options in those categories. This put the power in his hands without being too overwhelming with too many choices.  This has also created conversations about different types of food and what gives us energy and why we don’t eat 4 bananas and a piece of cheese for lunch.

As a bonus at the end of the week, I let him choose a special treat every Friday in place of one of his “extras”.  I don’t mean treat like a Snickers bar, but he is welcome to take a juice box, Larabar or a crunchy snack like popcorn or Pirate’s Booty if we have it.  We try not to be too restrictive in our eating, but we all feel (and act) better when we eat healthier.  I feel like this gives him the option to choose a treat without turning into a sugar-laced crazy pants.

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Main Concern:

He would never know what containers to use or where to find them
in my oddly well-organized but highly combustible Tupperware cabinet and I would go insane when he knocked everything over every day.

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For those of you who didn’t know, Costco is a great resource for back to school supplies and gear!  I spent one of my rare unicorn magic kid-free hours this summer perusing the aisles and noting the best deals for you.

School Supplies

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Top Flight 1-Subject Notebook (3 pack) just $8.99 ($2.99/notebook)

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D-Ring View Binders 1.5″ (4 pack) just $9.99 ($2.49/binder)

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Tops View Binder 1/2″ Round Ring (6 pack) just $7.99 ($1.33/binder)

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5-Star Flex Binder (2 pack) just $14.49

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Expo Low Odor Dry Erase Markers (18 ct) just $12.49 ($.69/marker)

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Sharpie/Paper Mate/Expo Writing Essentials Pack (34 ct) just $11.99 ($.35/item!)

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Gel Writer Premium Gel Pens (100 ct) just $19.99 ($.19 per pen!)

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Tek Writer Mechanical Pencils (72 ct) just $10.99 ($.15 per pencil!)

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Educents has these ADORABLE Minion Math Centers for free through August 2nd, regularly priced at $4.99!  Your downloadable product will come with 7 different worksheets to help your little one with addition, subtraction, measurements, counting money and much more.  The familiarity of the outrageous Minions will make these extra fun for your kiddos.

Click here, add to your cart and you will be able to download your product.

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Now that school is out and kids are off to camp, are you looking around your house and wondering where all of the water bottles, hooded jackets and that extra pair of sneakers disappeared to? Get a jump on the back and forth of belongings before school starts up again, and take advantage of Mabel’s Labels Back-to-School early bird pricing.

Whether you select the bestselling Mabel’s Labels Ultimate Back-to-School Combo or the new Little Kid School Combo or the popular Mabel’s Labels Stylish Scholars Combo , you’ll receive from 104-108 tags that are UV resistant, waterproof, dishwasher and microwave safe — perfect to track everything from tablets to lunch boxes.

Your combo pack will include custom name stickers, clothing labels and more.

If you purchase one of these combo packs in July, you spend only $37 per pack (regularly $42). Take advantage of Mabel’s Labels Back-to-School early bird pricing and secure yourself some peace of mind before the school year begins.

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Just in time for back to school, The Disney Store is offering a great sale on backpacks and lunch totes!  Select character backpacks are on sale for $15 right now and you can pick up a matching character lunch tote for just $10. Through July 23rd, you can add personalization to any backpack for just $1 with promo code DOLLARPZ!  This would be perfect for your little preschooler or kindergartener who is heading into their first year.  What a fun surprise!

Click here to purchase. Shipping starts at $4.95 or is FREE with orders of $75 with promo code SHIPMAGIC.

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Through today only, November 11th, The Disney Store is offering a full 25% off your purchase with promo code DISNEYPAL.  This discount will apply to most items on their site, including sale and clearance!  Shipping starts at $4.95 or is FREE with orders of $75.

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These Disney Classic Dolls are on sale 2 for $10 AND you can use your promo code on top of the sale, making them just $7.50 each!  There are several styles to choose from, including Mulan, Cinderella, Jasmine and more.

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These Figure Play Sets are also $7.50 after sale and promo code, tons of sets included!  Choose from Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Star Wars and tons more.

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Definitely check out the sale section!  There are tons of apparel items for kids, costumes, art sets and more at already-reduced prices.  Use your promo code on top for great deals!  I found this Disney Planes Fire and Rescue Blanket for just $9 after sale and extra discount.

Click here to start shopping.  Use promo code DISNEYPAL at checkout.  Let us know if you find anything fun!

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6PM.com is running a great sale on athletic gear from Reebok, Asics, New Balance and more.  All styles are $29.99 or less with FREE shipping, regardless of order size.  I found some great deals on hats and shorts for $15.99, yoga/workout capris for just $25.99, super cute Nike tanks and much, much more.

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I love the deals on kids’ shoes from Reebok, Asics and New Balance.  Some styles are as low as $24.99, regularly priced between $44 and $50!  These would be perfect for back to school.

You can easily sort by category, dollar amount, highest percentage off and more.  Shipping is always FREE with every order.

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6PM.com is running a HUGE end of summer sale, with tons of great styles and brands at 60% off or more.  They have brands for men, women and kids like New Balance, Reebok, Fila, Free People, Polo and many, many more.  This would be a great time to pick up a few last minute things for back to school!

A few of my favorite items:

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  • U.S. Polo Association Kids uniform items as low as $7.80

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  • Teva or Reef Kids water shoes or flip flops as low as $8.40

You can easily sort by category, dollar amount, highest percentage off and more.  Shipping is always FREE with every order.

Click here to start browsing.  Let us know if you find anything fun!

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6PM.com has some great deals on backpacks, messenger and duffel bags, cross-body bags and more from brands like Dakine, Converse, Roxy, Crocs and many more.  There are several great styles for back to school or traveling back and forth to the gym, with bags as low as $11.20.

Shipping is always FREE at 6PM with no minimum order.  Click here to check out all the styles.  Let us know if you find anything fun!

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Jo-An Fabric & Craft Stores is hosting a Teacher Appreciation Days savings event this weekend, August 10th & 11th, 2013. Teachers will receive 25% off all purchases throughout the weekend at Jo-Ann stores nationwide. The best part is no coupon is needed! Simply present your current teacher identification and state-issued photo identification upon checkout.

Did you know that Jo-Ann offers 15% off to teachers every day of the year?  Click here, scroll down to bottom of page and under Customer Service, click on Teacher Rewards for more information. Pass it on to all your teacher friends!

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Just in time for back to school, The Disney Store is offering a great sale on backpacks and lunch totes!  Select character backpacks are on sale for $12 right now and you can pick up a matching character lunch tote for just $8.  Shipping starts at $4.95 or is FREE with orders of $75.

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UntitledAs part of the summer clearance at 6PM.com, they are offering some great sales on JanSport backpacks.  The two JanSport Superbreak backpacks shown above are just $14 + FREE shipping, marked down from $34.99!

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There are several other styles included, tons listed around $25-$26.  This would be a great time to pick up a backpack or two for the upcoming school year.  JanSport is a great brand!

Click here to browse around.  Remember, shipping is always free with no minimum order.

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Through Sunday July 21st, The Disney Store is offering a full 25% off your purchase with promo code DISNEYPAL.  This discount will apply to most items on their site, including sale and clearance!  Shipping starts at $4.95 or is FREE with orders of $75.

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Select character backpacks are on sale for $15 right now, with your promo code you will pay just $11.25!  You can also pick up a matching character lunch tote for just $7.50.

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Definitely check out the sale section!  I found these super cute Mickey Mouse Popsicle Molds for just $4.28.

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This super cute Minnie Mouse Mini Speaker is just $3.74, down from $19.99!

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Adorable girls’ swimsuits for just $11.24, even cheaper for babies.

Click here to start shopping.  Let us know if you find anything fun!

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