My little boy is 4 years old and has just started his second year of preschool. Littlies are funny at this age....a seemingly mundane task such as putting together morning tea and lunch for preschool was made wonderful by a little empowerment!
Last night, at bedtime, Mr 4 & Miss 9 and I were chatting about the benefits of eating healthy; fresh fruit & vegies and drinking plenty of water....you know the type of talk you have when you are trying to positively encourage the consumption of the good foods.
Normally Mr 4, doesn't make the best food choices but this morning he surprised me (and made me very proud!)
My previous blog post on my new School Food Zones
outlines the set up we now have in our home. To cut a long story short, I've set it up so my kids can put together their own snacks, etc for school lunches.
My son absolutely loves this! I think it makes him feel very important and so it should! He is learning so much about good food choices and balancing his diet by us doing this together, as well as the fact that this process is setting him up to be an independent person.
To my surprise, this morning when we were putting together the sandwiches, snacks, yoghurt, milk, etc for his lunch - he actually chose an apple!! He was equally chuffed when I suggested he wash it under the tap while I grabbed a small container to put it in. I promptly cut it up and placed it in his container and we packed the rest together. I was so proud of him!
What made me even prouder is, when I picked him up this afternoon, he told me in the car that he put the yoghurt on top of the apple - this is not unusual - he dips his sandwich crusts in yoghurt. When we got home, I was expecting to open the container to find only a few bites taken out of the apple, but it was all gone! A very proud Mummy moment!
I owe it all to the organised process of setting up the lunch zones (and our little talk about eating healthy of course!) I really do think that empowering my kids to put together their lunches is setting them up for life. It's teaching them a great deal about taking responsibility for, and looking after themselves.
Thanks for reading about my proud Mummy moment - let's hope there are plenty more!