Say Goodbye to School Lunch Stress

Holy jumpin’

Have you been on Pinterest lately?

It is like a super-bonanza of packed lunch boards that are stressing. me. right. out.

And I just want to be clear — I think those boards are AMAZING.

Like crazy amazing, holy creative, super impressive.

For realz.

They’re just not in my wheelhouse.

And while I KNOW this about myself, it’s still easy to get sucked into the Pinterest vortex, comparing your kids’ lunches to those of parents who have got it on lock.

So for all my fellow parents, sweating in anticipation of your kids heading back to daycare or starting school for the first time, I wanted to take a sec and share our bare-bones approach to packed lunches that gets everyone fed, keeps everyone happy, and makes our morning routine that much simpler:

  1. Talk it out

As soon as I find myself stressing over what to pack, I get out a pen and paper and ASK.
Sounds simple, but saves soooo many headaches.  Doesn’t have to be a super fancy list displayed in a frame, but having a scrap of paper listing out your kids fave sandwiches, snacks, fruit, veggies, & sides is a major time saver for both grocery shopping and lunch packing.

  1. Let go of perfection

Easier said than done, for sure, but when it comes to saving your sanity and keeping things simple, this one is at the top of my priority list.

Not into sandwich cutouts and colour coded containers?  Don’t sweat it.

When it comes to packed lunches, you just gotta do you.

Channel your inner Elsa and let it go, my friend.  Just let it go…

  1. Put the kids to work

Start as early as possible with this one.  Kids as young as two and three can help out by pre-packaging any dried or non-perishable lunch items for the week.  As they get more comfortable, work them up to filling water bottles and making their own sandwiches.

Kids learn to be responsible by being given responsibility.  Preparing and managing their lunch offers the perfect opportunity to work on this, while also ticking one more thing off your to-do list on those busy mornings.

My personal motto for determining if my kids are ready for new responsibilities — if in doubt, let them try it out. 😉

What do you think?  Any lunch packing hacks you’d like to share?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Chat soon,


Kelly Bourne

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With a passion for encouraging and inspiring parents to ditch survival mode, Kelly Bourne (BA, BScN, CPDPE) is an engaging and entertaining Parenting Educator who “gets it.” Whether working with parents one-on-one or facilitating online group programs, her relaxed, non-judgemental style opens the door to creating lasting change in the families she works with. For more information, visit her website and be sure to sign up for her exclusive email updates.

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