My twincesses are two and half years old and they are extremely active and energetic kids. Yes, I have not one but two toddlers going through the terrible twos! To say it is insane at my house is an understatement, I feel like I am constantly running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
I suddenly came to the realization that if I am to survive this parenthood thing, I can’t do it all! The girls are becoming more independent every day, you know the drill, they want to put on their pants themselves and end up with both legs through only one of the pants legs. It drives me nuts, but I have come to realize its all a part of them growing up! They love to feel independent and it dawned on me that the more independent they are, the less there is on my plate. So bring it on!
Every day when I bring the girls home from school, I give them a snack while I cook dinner. If I give them cheese I hear….’cheese? I don’t want cheese mum’, sigh. and on and on until 20 minutes later they finally like the snack choice. Wouldn’t it be awesome if they could get their own snacks and I could get 20 minutes of my life back every day?
I introduce to you the snack bins! All I did was add some of the girls favorite snacks to bins/baskets I and change them out each week so they don’t get bored. Since some of their snacks are refridgerated and some are not. We have two bins one for the pantry and one for the fridge.
Here we have the fridge snack bin filled with yogurt, cheese sticks, strawberries and grapes.
Placement is key. The girls have their very own shelf at the bottom of the fridge, so they can reach their snacks at any time.
I did the same thing in the pantry. Here we have applesauce, goldfish, fruit snacks, raisins, and crackers.
Their snacks are in the bottom shelf of the pantry. The other beautiful thing about snack bins is getting rid of packaging. I have my pantry organized with bins, baskets and canisters so I can immediately take my food out of packaging and put in its designated spot. It keeps the pantry organized and added bonus its prettier!
Now let’s put these snack bins to the test. Enter one little twincess…
She is very excited about cheese, going to have to work on taking the cheese out of the packet though lol
Judging from this face…I would say snack bins are a big hit!
Happy twincesses = happy mum!
Sometimes its hard to let go control as parents, but grow up they must! I hope you can incorporate these snack bins for your little ones.
What other ways do you foster your toddler’s growing independence?
This post was written by Keitha Moseley, who blogs at The Bajan Texan. She’s sharing her tips on raising her twin daughters, amazing DIYs, awesome ways to organize your home and life, delectable recipes and tips on managing a home. Follow along with her adventures!