I’ve been asked a couple times recently about how we handle “snack time” in our home. That usually makes me giggle because of the visual it brings to mind: 8 hungry children vs. a box of Teddy Grahams. Not pretty.
The reality is that we don’t do snacks when we’re at home. I usually don’t buy crackers, fruit snacks, or granola bars. It would be crazy expensive.
If we have some muffins left over from breakfast, or sandwiches or fruit left over from lunch I just leave them out on the counter. They’re usually gone before the next meal.
When I’m preparing dinner I set out a bowl of carrots and celery. That keeps hungry children chewing instead of asking “What’s for Dinner?” for the 8 billionth time.
I don’t refer to any of this as “snacks.” As a result, my children never ask me for a snack. Well, there is that one exception: Whenever Jamers and family visits, they bring some munchies along. My children love it and ask, “May I please have an individually wrapped snack?”