Yesterday was absolutely glorious weather here so we went to the park for a picnic with my brother and sister in law and their kids. Having had previous parenting fails where I thought I’d buy food at the park and then spent forty-five minutes queuing for over-priced sandwiches I now make sure I take everything that we could possibly need! Yesterday my husband was in charge of packing the picnic and he came up with this idea, I thought it was really clever and it worked out really well at our picnic so I thought I’d share it!
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A Simple Parenting Hack for Picnics with Kids
So you know what mealtimes with kids are like, your chances of everyone in your house happily accepting the same meal are pretty much zero. You’d think that something like a few sandwiches should be simple enough but of course not. one of my kids loves butter, the other one will throw any sandwiches that the butter knife has touched. My husband demands that all food must contain hot sauce or mustard to be classified as edible, the kids, well, I’m not giving a two year old a ham and mustard sandwich because I don’t actually hate my life. So of course we have to have four versions of everything because we are all apparently awkward. The only issue with this is that of course inevitably one of us always ends up with the wrong person’s lunch which is where this little parenting hack for picnics comes into play, it’s so simple I’m now wondering why we haven’t done it for years!
When you’ve wrapped up your sandwiches or wraps all you need to do is pop a sticker on each one. Yep, that’s it. We found my daughters Dora sticker book which has about a zillion stickers in it and found a sticker for each person, so my daughter got Dora, my son got Benny the Bull and I got a flower.
My kids really loved it when we showed them their lunches, trust me a Dora sandwich is a lot more exciting to a two year old than a normal one! So even though they were sat next to four (yep, four) bouncy castles they both sat still no eat their food and for once I managed to get some food that wasn’t covered in mustard or something grim, I call that a parenting win too.
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