A lot of my conversations with my children revolve around food.
Snack food to be exact.
To avoid the typical conversation that begins with a constant stream of whining about needing a snack, I started making these snack trays. When I'm on the ball, I make up a snack tray for each child at the beginning of the day. I fill a mini-muffin pan with little snack foods as seen here. Normally, I'd put some M&Ms or mini-marshmallows in one of the slots just for fun, but I don't have any on hand today. So the kids have their snack trays and can eat from them whenever they want throughout the day. When EVERY bit of food has been eaten, then I refill it, which means that bit of broccoli has to be consumed before I put out any more Scooby-snacks. It's a good system.
And just for fun: here is one of my all-time favorite clips from the old 1970's Electric Company. It soooo reminds me of my kids (and me, for that matter, when I was a child).
I can totally relate to my children wanting to sneak snacks...who doesn't?
Maybe I need to make myself a snack tray too!