Whoever made up the term "stay-at-home mom" was
very clearly not a stay-at-home parent. This person obviously had
zero clue. For one thing, I am never home. I am continually getting
children in and out of the car for ballet, soccer, tennis, story
time and a whole host of other activities.
I am thrilled my kids are involved and that they
really like all the activities. However, when I am home, I feel
like all I am doing is emptying the dishwasher, folding clothes and
then collapsing on the couch just in time to doze off
during another episode of "New Girl." (Falling asleep at 7:00 p.m.
is a new low.)
Running all over town has become my new normal. So
has listening to the constant complaints about hunger from my three
I have been hitting a homerun with healthy
breakfasts, lunches and dinners, but when it came to snacks, I was
content bringing Goldfish crackers wherever we went. The kids
however, had their own opinions on the matter.
"Mommy, I'm hungry."
"If you look in the ballet/tennis/soccer/library
bag there might be some Goldfish."
"Mom, again with the Goldfish? C'mon."
My kids called me out on my laziness. There's
nothing worse than when your kid calls you out. Oh wait, yes there
is, when your kid calls you out in front of their friends'
I didn't want to be known as the "Goldfish Mom,"
but more importantly, my kids were right, they needed variety and
something a bit more healthy.
It was time to get on the ball when it came to
My kids needed foods that were filling, healthy,
portable, and tasty. So, once a week, I make snack baskets. I have
a snack basket in the fridge and one on the counter filled with
fun, pre-portioned snacks for my kids to grab before we head out
Snack baskets include:
- carrot sticks (put in snack size
- dry cereal (put in snack size
- homemade nut-free trail mix (Quaker
Oat Squares, Craisins, Raisins, Pretzels, and Chocolate
Our lives are still pretty hectic, but the
complaining about hunger has stopped. The kids love the variety,
and that they can pick up whatever they like and eat it as we go on
I like it because well . . . I won't be known as
the "Goldfish Mom" anymore.
Erin Skibinski is a mom of three living in Frankfort.
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