Tuesday, July 29, 2008

He's gonna eat the goat?

Offering a snack to my children is like the scene from Jurassic Park when they lower the cow into the Velociraptor pen. The raptors ravage the cow and all that remains is a bit of a broken cow harness in shreds. For us it goes something like this: leave a box of Cheez-Its on the counter, leave the room, return to find the box in pieces on the floor and a few Cheez-It crumbs remaining. The Vos' ravage snacks like raptors on a cow.

This problem has been plaguing my mind for a while. What do I do about snack control in our home? Not only is it expensive but it's unhealthy for them to just eat whatever they want, whenever they want it. As I have pondered, I think I have struck on an excellent solution. Give me your feedback and let me know if you think it will work.

I propose purchasing 7 snacks a week. It would be stuff like a box of Cheez-Its, pretzels, granola bars, yogurt, etc. These snacks would not include fruit or vegetables. It is 7 snacks that I know they like but doesn't include stuff like chips or cookies. Each kid gets a labeled bin and in the bin I will put their measured part of the snack. Baggie of pretzels, granola bar, etc... goes in the bin. They get 7 and that is their total of snacks for the week. They can eat them all on Monday or they can eat one a day or they can save them all for Thursday...whatever. However, after their snacks are gone they have to eat either carrots, apples or occasionally grapes or a banana. What do you think? Think this will work?

Also I am having a perplexing cereal problem. They eat it like crazy! What if I give them each one box and tell them it has to last 2 weeks. If they eat all their cereal early, they have to eat granola from the food storage.

What do you think?


Stacie said...

I say go for it. It's worth a try, isn't it? Thanks for the visual of the dead cow by the way. :o)

Suzy said...

Brilliant. I remember my Mom having to impose similar constraints on my family of six kids. Name brand cereals were a treat, otherwise it was oatmeal or Cheerios. Also, she'd hide the treats (intended for lunch boxes only) all over the house...laundry room mostly cause we never went in there. Strangely, we never could find them but would sometimes find Christmas presents instead.

I was just thinking that I need to only buy treats and snacks once a month, and if they run out just don't buy more until the next month rolls around. It would probably benefit Mark and I the most as we are the ones squirreling away the Oreos and Cheezits after the girls are in bed.

The Onofrio's said...

What a good idea. I think the bloody cow stump is a perfect analogy.

Emily said...

Okay I think I am not like a volociraptor. I think thats the boys.

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