This Mom’s Quarantine “Snack Hack” Is Perfect For Teaching Kids How To Moderate Their Snacking


Being stuck in the house over the past few months has tempted a lot of people to snack out of boredom rather than hunger, and honestly, who can blame us? There’s nothing like binge-watching all the TV shows we’ve been wanting to catch up on while munching on junk food. But if your kids are blowing through your weekly grocery budget with their snacking habits, surely there’s a happy medium between depriving them of what they want and letting them eat their way through the entire pantry, right?

One mom of three has come up with a genius parenting hack, and it’s been spread all over Facebook since she shared it. Jen Hallstrom, who also runs The Jen Life page, shared a photo of her home snacking system that she’s employed for her kids.

The setup is simple, but as Jen explains in the post, it helps kids control their own snacking schedule (and, as a bonus, cuts down on the number of cups she needs to wash every day).

“I keep seeing these posts about kiddos wanting to eat all day while they are home. This was my solution! Each child has their own colored basket. In the morning I put their snacks in it for the day, when those snacks are gone they don’t get any more. 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 also added a note for the overly concerned Facebook users out there who were worried she was depriving her kids of food when they were hungry:

” I didn’t think I had to say this but my children eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are well fed and I don’t starve them. Sad I even have to say that. Also in no way shape or form am I fat shaming my children. I just don’t have the luxury of spending $400 on just snacks for a week.” 

Jen has also come up with other clever uses for baskets to help keep life with kids (especially bored kids!) a bit more organized! She also shared a photo of how she organized her kids’ bubbles and sidewalk chalk so they stopped creating a mess all over the deck.

Hopefully, these ideas can help more parents stay organized and less stressed with their kids at home!

Do you have any organizational parenting hacks? Let us know in the comments!


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