Snacks for Pick Up
As Addy grew from baby into toddler we were stuck in a very challenging pattern that pick up time because the worst time of the day. Addy was tired, pick up at daycare is always hectic in the evenings and I was tired and stressed from a long day at work and contemplating all the to-do’s both at work and home that were waiting for me. This is a recipe for disaster. Addy would come into the house once we got home and throw temper tantrums almost every night. I can very much relate to Kim's note below about hungry kid in the pantry as we walk in the door. After some trial and error we realized that Addy needed a little snack on the way home. This snack, although simple, had a huge impact:
- Focuses child’s attention – it is something repetitive and comforting during transition time
- Staves off hunger – this way you can actually get home, change, feed the animals and make dinner
- Opportunity for win-win – both of you feel successful during transition time
- Quiet time – may provide Mom with a couple of extra minutes of quiet time to make those final work phone calls on the way home
I pack this bag each Sunday with snacks for the week.
I also provide my husband a couple of extras as well. I normally do pick up by there will be those days that things get switched up. I typically include things like an apple, fruit leather, or bag of goldfish or crackers. You can get pre-packed bags of crackers and such at the grocery store to make it even more simple. I typically make the bags myself to save some money. Now that Addy is older I have her help me put the bag together so she is taking some ownership in what ends up in the bag. When we started I kept the bag up front and handed out the snacks. Now I keep it in the back and when I buckle Addy in, she picks out her own choice and I keep the bag in the back.
As a working Mom what preparation techniques have you found to be helpful? Please share, we’d love to hear your great ideas!!