I highly recommend installing one if you have children like mine.
Children who could graze all day long if allowed.
Independent little children who like to help themselves.
Carb loving little children like my four year old.
Children who have hungry little friends over every day after school.
If you answered yes to any of the above, I highly suggest you get a flip lock for your pantry. It does not exactly keep out seven year olds, but does make them think twice before unlocking the door.
Aside from J's eating aversions, I think I've done a pretty good job of educating my children about healthy food and treats. Treats are anything with sugar! I've given up trying to keep sugary treats out of my pantry because of J's eating issues (I'll blog about that another day). So they are in there and there isn't anything I can do about it right now! Those sugary little cereals and granola bars are just tempting my little ones to no end.
So I made this...
A sign placed at a child's eye level with pictures of healthy snacks. We have pictures of a plate of fruit, vegetables (carrot), yogurt, cheese, crackers, sandwich or sugar free gum. So I informed my children when they are hungry and I say, "Healthy snack, please", they can choose a snack from this sign. I get kind of tired of the same old questions..."what can I have for snack?" And then I have to name the exact same types of healthy foods several times a day.
I'm hoping this will also help guide J to better eating choices and encourage her to try a new food. Although she still needs that sugary cereal. Crazy, isn't it?!?! That one would NEED sugary cereal. But I'll blog about that tomorrow.