A mum who was fed-up of her children snacking their way through the food cupboards came up with genius solution – and it’s gone viral with other parents.
Parenting blogger and mum-of-three Jen Hallstrom explained that her children often eat out of boredom between meals, and although she’s happy for them to snack, she doesn’t have endless money to fund the habit.
Her Facebook post offering advice to other parents facing the same problem has racked up more than 400,000 shares.
Jen said she kept seeing posts about children “wanting to eat all day” when they are at home and said tackled it by getting her children their own small, coloured baskets.
“In the morning I put their snacks in it for the day, when those snacks are gone they don’t get any more,” she wrote. “It makes them stop and think do I really need a snack?
“I also put their cup for the day in there because I’m not washing 50 cups a day! Hahaha!”
Jen said the only rules were her children weren’t allowed to take anything from their sibling’s baskets, but were allowed to trade with one another – such as swapping a banana for an apple.
She told Bored Panda she usually puts three or four snacks in each basket to last the day, and finds they quite often don’t eat them all.
Giving them an assigned cup for the day also helps prevent Jen from being faced with a mountain of washing up each evening.
“My two girls are complete bored snackers,” she said. “I am also guilty of this! So this really helped us in the weird downtime we were in. My son is a fairly decent eater but ‘wants’ four snacks at a time. We loved how this eliminated that over the top snacking.”
“It worked really well.”
One parent replied to say: “Love this! I HATE that I have let the kids fall into the habit of getting their own snacks throughout the day. Might give this a shot while I am at home!”
A second wrote: “I’ve seen a few people do this. It seems to work out great!”
Another added: “Nailed itttt! But the snacking problem at this house is because of me. So…. let me know when you find a solution to that!”