Avoiding the After-School MeltdownsEmily McClements
When I pick up my daughter after school each day I can pretty much guarantee that she is going to ask for one of two things on the 10 minute drive from school to our house; a drink of water, or a snack.
And heaven forbid I don’t have either of those things available for her when she asks for it.
But some days it’s all I can do just to get out the door on time to pick her up, much less remember to bring along a water bottle and a snack. Just in case.
So, I’ve learned, of course, to keep these things readily available in the car to avoid the meltdowns of a tired and hungry girl after school.
I keep a stainless steel water bottle in my car filled with water, and change out the water every few days to keep it fresh. But if it’s not fresh, oh well, at least it’s something to drink when she asks for it.
And for snacks, I keep a gallon sized Ziploc bag filled with some simple and non-perishable snacks that she can have on the way home, but which won’t totally spoil her appetite for lunch when we get home.
Simple snacks to include in your emergency-meltdown-avoiding Ziploc snack bag could be granola bars, crackers, dried fruit, and nuts. I pack individual portions of snacks in the smaller snack size Ziploc bags, and then put them all into the larger Ziploc bag to keep them contained in the car. And I reuse my Ziploc bags by filling them with the same type of snack every time, of course.
Since she doesn’t ask for a snack every day, I find I can go a few weeks before replenishing the snack supply, and I am always thankful to have this little stash to make our rides home happier for everyone involved.
This bag-o-snacks is also great for when we’re out and about running errands that take a little longer than expected, to avoid a trip through the drive-through. When you have a toddler and a preschooler, you really can never have too many snacks on hand, can you?
So take a few minutes to make up a snack bag for your car. You’ll find those were minutes well spent when hunger pains threaten to turn your little one into a meltdown monster!
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