In my post yesterday about my kitchen I mentioned how I keep this shelf for the kids use. Here they find snacks and snack dishes. This is also where they stash their lunch boxes. Everyday they are supposed to take their lunch box out of their bags. Then take everything out and put their water bottles in the fridge. Then put them away here. Miracle of miracles for some reason they, who even with infinite amounts of nagging about leaving their dirty undies in the middle of their bedroom floors, seem to do this simple task with out problem. :)
My kids also all rise at an inhuman hour every. single. day. Yeah 6 am. No matter if Daddy let them stay up to watch the Olympics 30-45 mins after bedtime every day for 2 weeks. Yep. Early risers is what I have. Soooo guess what, I let them make their own breakfast (I don't get up at 6 am!!). They make their own bowls of cereal and make one for little Maressa too. I leave yogurts in the fridge as well. So in their drawer are also a bunch of cereal bowls with the straws...nice so that they don't waste our precious organic milk!
In our pantry is the cereal shelf...we really should buy stock in Cheerios. Some granola for their yogurt. And a bin of their afternoon snacks...granola bars and fruit bars (speaking of I really need to make some homemade granola bars!! I get lazy sometimes). All in reach of the kids.
It's been so nice to have everything handy for the kids. They know the 'kitchen' and 'eating rules' (yes I'm that kind of mom) and are able to help themselves within my set rules. ;) And when they have friends over, I expect that they are to play host/hostess to them. Snack time comes and they get their friends snacks and water too. :)