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Let me start out by saying that this method isn't for everyone.

And remember, kids taste buds are not like adults. They eat things we would never find palatable. (Sour gummy worms anyone?)

So, read over this lunch organizing method, wince a bit, and then try it out on your kids. You have nothing to lose and lots and lots of time to gain.

School Lunches Made Easy

  1. determine what type of sandwich you child likes. We alternate weekly between peanut butter, ham & cheese & cream cheese on a bagel.
  2. on Sunday night, assemble all the sandwiches you need for the week. Yes, I said the week. 
  3. wrap each sandwich individually in foil.
  4. if you have more then one child, write their name on the foil covered sandwich with a sharpie.
  5. put them into a cubbie in the freezer. Yes, I said the freezer.
  6. each morning, your child grabs a sandwich and packs it into his lunchbox.
  7. do the same with dessert. Bake a batch of cookies/brownies on Sunday, package them up, put in a cubbie in the freezer, each morning your child grabs one.
  8. make the other elements of their lunches just as easy for them to grab. water bottle, banana, juice box, whatever.
  9. each morning they pack their complete lunch while you look on from your perch at the table with a steaming cup of coffee in hand. Smile lovingly down upon them. They are learning life skills.
  10. result - you spend a few minutes on Sunday night creating the elements of their lunch, they spend a few minutes each morning assembling the elements into their lunch boxes.
Done. Now, I know you're thinking I'm crazy. This won't work. The sandwich will still be frozen. They won't like it.

I'm not crazy. It will work. The sandwich will thaw out in time. They will eat it.

Remember, even though you or I would cringe when faced with a previously frozen sandwich, your child won't. Give it a shot. Anyway, which is better for them - frozen processed food from the school cafeteria, or a sandwich made with wholesome ingredients from home? It may not be perfection in a lunch, but do they really care?

Try it for a week. Don't tell them, just give it a shot. See what happens. All you have to loose is your lunch rush in the morning.

P.S. - One last tidbit - my husband makes & packs all the lunches on Sunday night.
be organized.....evelyn

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Comment by Bradi Nathan on September 27, 2011 at 8:25pm
Your husband sounds wonderful! And, so do your tips/tricks!!
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