I am back with another “Mom on a Mission” blog post. In Operation #5, I am tackling school lunches and the role of our partners in the DOR process. If you are just joining us in the series, be sure to check out the first 4 installments here, here, here, and here to get caught up! Working with a family nourishment coach has been immensely rewarding so far. My mealtimes are peaceful and joyful again, and I am having so much fun meal planning. The strategies I have been learning and the tools I am creating, (check out my downloadable breakfast and dinner meal planner here), have completely turned around my household’s meal times. You can do it too! Work with the family nourishment coach who has turned around my family’s frustrating eating habits. Claim one of Stefanie’s FREE Fussy to Foodie Coaching Sessions now!
Check out the video below for a quick overview of how I tackled Operation #5, and then read on for the specific strategies I used below.
- Pack three lunches efficiently, quickly and in a way that supports all of my kiddos’ tastes – without feeling like a short-order cook.
- Get my husband on the same page with me about the DOR process and share all of the progress I have made so far.
The Plan of Attack
Create a favorites list.
Stefanie suggested I make a list of all the shared favorites among my 3 kids. She encouraged me to get my kids’ input in advance, rather than as prepping time approaches (similar to what I do for breakfast and dinner already.)
Plan a day to batch cook all of these favorites and store in the freezer in individual portions (or easily portioned containers).
Create a formula.
Just as I have a strategy for breakfast and dinner, I need to come up with a “formula” for packing lunches, (for example, including two fruits, a protein, healthy fat, and small treat with every lunch.)
Schedule time with my husband.
As far as getting my husband on board with the Division of Responsibility system, Stefanie suggested that I schedule a time to talk with him when we are without the kids. Some talking points to include are:
- Explain my desire to do this in partnership so that the kids get a united front that is comforting and allows food to remain neutral.
- Clearly lay out the successes I am experiencing, such as they are eating more vegetables and trying more new foods, (be as specific as possible); the household is calmer and less tense at dinner time when he arrives home.
- Share the tools and strategies I have been implementing and explain that they are the reasons for these tangible results.
- Explain that DOR is a system of tools and strategies that I am implementing at home to ensure that our children grow up with a sense of ease around food and confidence about their bodies.
With school back in session this week, I am getting lots of opportunities to try out the lunch strategies and so far, so good! I am adding lunch onto my weekly menu for the kids to see the menu in advance and I take requests when I am doing the rest of the meal planning.
Regarding my husband, he is supportive of DOR and appreciated the explanation and success stories. It has helped us feel more like partners, and made me feel more supported in my efforts.
With just one more session to go, I am going to focus on how to bring the last 5 sessions all together and keep it going long-term in Operation #6. Stay tuned! Don’t forget to claim one of Stefanie’s FREE Fussy to Foodie Coaching Sessions and please leave me a comment below if you have any questions about DOR or any of the strategies I have been using in my operations!