Nowadays, Kindergarten is serious biz. It's no longer the half day of play and finger-painting fun that I remember fondly from my childhood. It's intense, it's exhausting, and it's real work. Not to say it isn't still awesomely enjoyable and educational; it's just less about toy time and much more lesson learning. It's also now a full 6+ hours. That's a big day for a five year old!
Luckily, my little guy has been loving his Kindergarten experience thus far, and every day he comes home with lots of stories and ideas and enthusiasm. Come pick-up time, his mind is full.... and so is his lunchbox.
Indeed, that's another thing I've learned about #KindergartenLife. The kids have approximately 15 minutes to shovel lunch down their throats; and if they're distracted or busy chatting with friends, their food goes uneaten. The lunch aid packs it back up for mama to see... and this mama sees a totally untouched bento box.
Needless to say, by 3 PM, he's starving—ravenous, really... No, to be totally honest, the boy is hangry! And I've quickly discovered that the easiest way to curb his crankiness is with a hearty after-school snack on the walk home or in the car! I have a Jif PB&J sandwich ready to go or to-go-pack container of Jif and some apple slices for easy dipping. A little protein and some sustenance (thank you, Jif) and he's back to his sweet self in a matter of minutes, and happily chatting about all the latest and greatest Kindergarten-class happenings!
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Find out more HERE... But do it on a full stomach. Trust me, it helps.
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