My kids are fruit lovers. Does anyone else have kids who thoroughly enjoy eating fruit? They could eat entire bowl of grapes, cantaloupe, strawberries but their ultimate favorite is watermelon. I love seeing my kids eat fruit.
I used to go to the store and buy those Little Debbie cakes and have those for my kids snacks and sometimes I do purchase them as a treat. However, we have changed the way we shop in the past few weeks and to be honest it was a great decision for our family. We have all started drinking more water, not so say they never have Capri Suns or a soda here and there but their water intake as well as mine and my husbands has increased drastically. We purchased each of them a nice water bottle and that is what they refill throughout the day. As for snacks my husband and I bought snack bags to separate the food and make it easier for the kids to grab. On accident we bought the Ziploc bags that have the measurements on them, but they ended up working out great. Usually we go grocery shopping on Sunday but every now and then we go on a Monday, and whichever day we choose is when we prep all the snacks and food we buy for the week. We wash and cut everything, so we can put it all in the correct bins. In our refrigerator I have stackable bins on the bottom shelf that have individual yogurt or applesauce and in another bin is where I put the fruit bags. I also have a drawer for the Capri Suns, so they can grab those as well. Under my sink is a cabinet that is specifically for the kids. In that area on one side I have stackable bins for their dry snacks such as goldfish, popcorn, granola bars and Little Debbie cakes. On the other side I have their plates, bowls for snack or cereal and cups.
Having everything accessible for the kids is wonderful for many reasons but I will share a few. It teaches them independence, responsibility and confidence. They know they can handle grabbing a snack or drink if they ask, it's not a free for all. Everything would be gone if we didn’t have some rules for this. It makes them feel like big kids grabbing their own stuff. When I try and help they tell me "mom I got it" and they are on their way. In my head I am wanting time to slow down, so they need me for the small things. However, I LOVE that they are learning to be independent. Yes, I want the best of both worlds.