We survived our first Monday of High School with relatively no drama. There were a lot of nerves and a little bit of bitchy, but no tears, so I consider that a success. I can’t believe my three girls are all now in high school.
In honor of school starting, today’s Teach Me Tuesday is how to put together after school, self-serve snack stations. I don’t know about your kids, but when my kids walk in the door after school they are starving! I swear they don’t eat all day because God forbid they eat in front of boys. What is the deal with teenage girls and eating in front of people? We will have a group of kids over – boys and girls – and order a bunch of pizzas for the group. The boys will eat, but the girls will barely touch their food. The minute the boys walk out the door, the girls attack that left-over pizza like a bunch of hyenas. It’s weird.
Anyway … I love this idea of having these pantry and fridge snack stations ready to go when your hyenas walk in the door.
The Pantry Snack Station consists of:
Fish-shaped crackers (best bet: the kind sold at health-food stores that don’t have hydrogenated oils)
A Real Simple kids’ mix: Cheerios, raisins, almonds, pretzels, and chocolate chips
Raisins or other dried fruits
The Refrigerator Snack Station consists of:
Jar of peanut butter (preferably the natural kind, for dipping)
Assorted crudités—baby-cut carrots, celery sticks, pepper slices—in plastic bags
Lunch-meat roll-ups (like turkey-and-Swiss or ham-and-Cheddar)
Tub of hummus (for dipping)
These are so easy to put together and trust me, your child of any age, will greatly appreciate it!
Hope your life is more full tummy heaven than crazy hyena havoc!