Getting The Kids Involved With Lunch

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Those are the ones I love the most right there! My husband and kids are my life. When it comes time to eat, my husband is pretty easy to please, almost anything goes with him. My kids, however are a different story. I have picky, picky eaters. My daughter is the most adventurous out of my three but her adventure in food pretty much stops when she doesn’t like the first taste. My boys, it’s like pulling teeth to even get them to try something new.

Dealing with picky eaters can make meal times not very fun. One thing I have noticed that helps us at lunchtime (or anytime really) is letting my kids get involved. When they have a hand in making it, they can feel proud of their “meal” and are more apt to eat it. At least that is how it works with my kids. It could be something as simple as my middle picking the Campbell’s® soup he wants with his grilled cheese, my daughter deciding what kind of bread she wants for her PB&J, or my oldest helping to prepare a can of his favorite Campbell’s Chunky Soup.

When kids have a hand in creating lunch at home or for school, they will feel like they have some independence. I’ve also noticed they will take more chances when they have a hand in the meal making. Foods that they would not have given a second thought to, suddenly become interesting and, dare I say it, tasty. So, why not get them involved in lunchtime more? It’s a great time to remind them that they are growing up, teach them things they will need to know for later in life, and a WONDERFUL bonding time. My kids and I, sometimes, have more fun making food together in the kitchen, the memories are some of my most treasured. Be sure to check out the Campbell’s website for some great discounts and recipes that will help spark some fun lunchtime moments with your kids.

Tell us: How do you get your kids involved in deciding what’s for lunch?
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**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Campbell’s Soup. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. 1
    Margaret Smith :

    They get involved a bit. They usually tell me what they want and they help me put in a fruit, snack and water.

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    Adrienne gordon :

    They usually let me know what they want for the main part and I provide healthy sides

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    I used to give them a choice of two healthy options. That made them feel like they were in control.

  4. 4

    I let them pick between a couple healthy items

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    Barbara Montag :

    We take time to discuss this – get new ideas from everyone – thank you.

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    Monique Rizzo :

    I let her pick fruits and drinks for her lunch at the store.
    Thanks for the chance.

  7. 7

    I have lunch items for my grandson in a certain place, and I let him choose which items we will fix.

  8. 8

    I have my child choose a color each night and the next day for lunch she has some foods that are the color she picked.

  9. 9

    let my daughter pick what she wants at the store and for lunch at home but the meal must contain a fruit and veggie

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  10. 10

    They each choose a day to help out.

  11. 11

    I ask my daughter for a list of things that she’d like for lunch and then make her lunches from that list

  12. 12

    they can pick from several options I suggest
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  13. 13

    My daughter is still really little, but I always give her at least 2 options so she at least gets a say in it

  14. 14

    i always ask tehm what they want

  15. 15

    no kids yet
    Thanks! Janna JOhnson janna@feedyourpig on gfc

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    Mary Calabrese :

    I always ask what they want before going grocery shopping so I have it on hand.

  17. 17

    We sit down at the beginning of the week and make a menu I try to have pic so they can visualize some of the recipes

  18. 18

    My son likes to cook so I have him help decide what we’re having and help make it.

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    my son won’t eat unless it’s something he wants.

  20. 20

    I start out by taking my son shopping so he gets to help pick out the food and then we make the lunch together he eats a lot of things he wouldn’t normally eat if he didn’t make it himself

  21. 21

    I let my son pick from a few options I suggest

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    Stephanie Larison :

    I let my daughter pick out what fruits or veggies we will have with the meal. I have a schedule every week, but she’s able to help by picking out the healthier side of it all.

  23. 23

    I just ask them what they want. They also pick out items at the grocery store.

  24. 24

    When I go grocery shopping I give them choices to make for their daily lunches.

  25. 25

    I let them help me plan the lunch and dinner menu and they offer ideas of what they would like

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    Laura Jacobson :

    I always ask and give Carter some options and let him pick it out!

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    I try to give her two choices.

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    Rebecca Peters :

    I always ask what they want and my youngest enjoys cooking with me

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    Valerie Taylor Mabrey :

    I usually just give them hints of what’s available.

  30. 30

    My kids want the same thing every day and none of them share the same taste. I have tried to give them variety and they don’t want it. At least there is no complaining.

  31. 31

    I ask them what they would like for lunch.

  32. 32

    take them grocery shopping with me and let them pick out some thing.

  33. 33

    I give them a choice of a few different things so that they feel like they are picking it out.

  34. 34

    they can pick all the time but we get final say

  35. 35

    I ask them what they want.

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    rebecca shockley :

    They go shopping with me and see new food’s

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    Brittney House :

    They help me with grocery shopping

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    Leslie L. Stanziani :

    My kids are home with me all the time so they help with the shopping,planning,and preparation of meals..

  39. 39

    Well, they tell me what they want, and I keep saying no until they come up with something that is close to real food, or if we’re lucky, real actual food.

  40. 40

    I give them a couple of choices and let them pick which one they want.

  41. 41

    Like the poster above, I use the forced choice option. They don’t get to select anything they want, they can select between the available choices.

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    Katharine Davis :

    I give them various options to choose from

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    I let them pick between a few things.

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    I have them help with meal planning and talk about healthy choices.

  46. 46

    I almost always give my daughter her choice of lunch. And for school, she is there at the grocery store with me where we plan/get our lunches. She is a very independent girl. She makes her own lunch for school and often packs my lunch as well.

  47. 47

    We usually give our son a few choices for lunch

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    Gloria Schulte :

    I give them choices and they decide.

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    They usually tell me what they want

  50. 50

    My kids make their own school lunches and they also help us make out our dinner menu.

  51. 51

    I give them a couple of choices and let them decide

  52. 52

    I try to give them a few options and they can tell me what they are hungry for 🙂

  53. 53

    I give my son two choices of food for him to choose.

  54. 54

    I let them help shop for the ingredients and get them involved in making

  55. 55

    I have my daughter make a list of things she’d like to have in her lunch and then rotate thru them

  56. 56

    I give them various options to choose from

  57. 57

    we like to have our kids input, it helps with our sons speech therapy

  58. 58
    Vikki Billings :

    I give them two options and they pick which one they want.

  59. 59

    Having them help with as many steps as they can.
    Thanks for the contest.

  60. 60
    Corey Olomon :

    O yale them shopping with me so they can help[ [pick everything out

  61. 61

    Thanks for the giveaway…our kids aren’t too picky when it comes to lunch, usually PBJ or turkey & swiss on wheat bread, a container of yogurt, & fruit.

  62. 62

    they help pick out there lunches

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    One technique that works well for us is to let the kids pick out their three favorite ingredients, at least one of which has to be a fruit or veggie, and then we figure out together what we can make with those three as a base.

  65. 65

    It is grandchildren now, but I give a choice of 2 possibilities–usually works, unless they have visited the pantry and ‘shopped’!

  66. 66

    They get a couple of options, but its ultimately my decision.

  67. 67

    they usually say what they want.

  68. 68

    I let them decide the surprise item like pudding or fruit bar and they go shopping for lunches.

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    They pick between some good options so they are happy

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