How is the New Year treating you so far? I admit that January hasn’t been my favorite month this year with the gloom and the cold weather, but I have to say that I do love the feeling of a fresh start, the goal setting, the whole year ahead to accomplish anything! My family and I have done a few things this year to try to make life a little better. My 8 year old fancies himself quite a comic lately. He loves to make up jokes and he tells them over and over. And frankly, they are pretty funny. He’s been dying to share them with you and I promised him that I would create a blog post with some of his jokes so that you can share them with your kids! What’s a better bright spot on a gloomy day than a fun joke in your lunch?
So I’ve created some lunch box joke printables for you to share with your kids! What he doesn’t know, is that mom is also working on helping our family make better choices to go along with that lunch.
Confession-I grew up skinny and in our world skinny=healthy, even if it’s not. I was always one of those people who could eat anything and stay skinny. Which is GREAT! But not super healthy. As I get older I am starting to have to care more-for a couple of reasons. For one, I don’t seem to be able to eat just anything and stay as skinny as I once was, but I also recognize that I need to make healthy choices for myself and for my family. They haven’t learned the greatest habits from me and it’s time to change that.
So last spring I started paying attention to what I eat, understanding calories and that sort of thing and it’s been very eye opening for me! I literally had no gauge before for what choices were good and what were bad other than knowing that chocolate cake for breakfast probably wasn’t the best choice. Now that I have a better understanding of what choices are better, I can help my family with those choices as well. So, let’s throw together that lunch!
Lunch Box Jokes:
There are 12 jokes here. I am not sure which ones my 8 year old actually made up versus reading in a joke book at school, but either way, they are fun jokes and I think your kids will get a kick out of them if you put them in their lunch! It’s easy! Here’s a PDF file with 2 pages of jokes, 6 on each page. Just print and cut and put them in the lunch boxes:
Lunch Box Tips:
To go along with these fun jokes, here are 3 very simple tips I have learned and tried to help my kids make better choices.
#1: Embrace the protein! One of my kids is such a picky eater! All he wants to eat are crackers and cereal. He’s so skinny and I’ve worried about him enough that I even took him to a doctor once to make sure he wasn’t undernourished. (He’s not.) BUT, he does love cheese and I know that when he eats cheese his little body is at least getting some protein and getting a little bit full. So I try to slip cheese in whenever I can! Luckily he LOVES a good cheese stick, so it’s always an easy lunch choice for him. Actually, he’ll usually eat about 3.
#2: On a similar note, I try to get milk into my kids as much as possible. Several of them won’t drink white milk, so, because we are a chocolate loving family, we embrace chocolate milk. They’ll down this as fast as I will let them! So do what works for your kids and if that means making a different choice but one that works for your family-do it! My picky eater literally guzzled two glasses of this chocolate milk before school this morning to go along with his very small bowl of dry cereal. At least mama knows his tummy was full of something good.
#3: Don’t go crazy! You probably already know that chocolate is a major weakness of mine. Well the same is true for my whole family. If I tried to make drastic changes to our diet and cut out treats and chocolate, it just wouldn’t work and honestly, we wouldn’t be happy. We like our chocolate! So we make simple, little changes. Try to eat a balance. Hey, moderation is the key to most everything in life isn’t it? So if we can make some good choices, then I don’t feel bad about those cookies I just baked. ;)
Now print out some jokes and make your kids smile!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.