May 9th, 2012 by Behaven Kids
Growing up my mom worked from home so when I got home from school, she always had a snack ready to go for me. Sometimes it was warm bread right out of the bread maker (with my grandma’s rhubarb jam – yum!) other days it was a fruit mix, or something else fresh baked. I never felt like I had to dig through the fridge to fill my rumbling tummy – she always had it covered.
I fail miserably in this department with my own children. I don’t have the luxury of being a stay at home mom or owning my own home based business (how did my mom get so lucky – oh yeah, she’s super freaking talented)…..so there are never fresh baked cookies, breads, or puddings. Every day I go straight from work to pick Reece up from school with no time to stop at home and whip up something special. The second that we get home, he is tearing into the cupboards – trying to find something, anything to eat before heading outside to play with the neighbors. There is no way that he’s going to wait for his snack – he wants it and he wants it now!
So, I’ve been trying to come up with creative snacks that I can prepare ahead of time so that he’s not always stuck with a granola bar, fruit, string cheese, or crackers. I’ve found some amazing ideas like…..
Those seem easy enough right? But then again….I’m guessing it will take me at least a half an hour to get all the stuff ready that I need for each of the snacks (that is after I buy things like mini chocolate chips, little licorice sticks, sucker sticks, etc), then time assembling the snacks, finding places to store them…and will the boys really care? Will they be more excited to eat a fruit on a stick rather than just out of a bowl? They both already eat fruit fine, so do I need to spend my very little free time assembling it just so it looks “cool”? Does that make me a boring mom or just a practical one? I know when I see pictures that my “supermom” friends post on Facebook with elaborate things they make for their children (be it snacks, Valentines, toys, etc) – I always feel bad about myself and wish that I had the time (and frankly the desire) to do things like that.
In most areas of my life, I feel no need to “keep up with the Jones” except when it comes to being a parent. To me, being a parent is one of the most important things you will ever do – the type of person that your child becomes is based on what you teach them and the kind of role model you are for them. I am always striving to be a better mother to make sure that I am doing the absolute most that I can for my children. Sometimes I need to remind myself that although my kids might only get a packaged granola bar, instead of one made from scratch – I am still a good mom. That in reality, the only one that is judging the snacks that I provide for my children is myself. In the long run, making sure to take the time to teach my children to be kind and respect others, to always hold doors open for women, and to blow their nose in a tissue instead of on their sleeve will help them much more than time spent arranging their after school snacks into animals.
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