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.