The sunny days are rolling in and eating outside is just great fun. But all too often, with the little ones in tow, having a picnic can be a little tricky. They’re more interested in running (or crawling away) than eating a decent sized meal. That’s cool though, try these tips:
- Take a blanket – not only is it more comfortable for you, it’s a good ‘defining’ area for the little ones to know where the food will be and where sitting down behaviour is expected. Outside of this area is where there’s ample room to run free.
- Don’t bring too much food – picnics are stressful for mums. We so often feel the need to pack the entire contents of the fridge. Don’t. Keep it simple and that way you’ll look forward to being outside and not just think of the work involved to get there.
- Bring what you know they love – we all love picnics because they’re fun and yummy. Bring along good food the kids love. Sure, crackers are great but an organic fruit pouch from Bubs Australia is more my kids’ cup of tea.
- Bring along some tunes – we all love music so don’t forget to bring it along too. Often I’ll use this as a technique to get the little ones to sit down. I’ll say you only have to eat until the end of this song, then you can have a run again and come back for more later. It works great.
Get on out and enjoy the gorgeous sunshine, mums.
about the author: Stacey Clare
Stacey is a healthy mum to two young boys and an accredited health coach to the masses. She spends her days running after her busy babes who always seem to be getting into something. Her nights are spent cooking for her website or helping other mummas on their own family's health journey in her health-coaching services. You can view some of Stacey’s recipes here, connect with her on Facebook and Instagram or grab a copy of her lunchbox eBook which is packed full of healthy recipes that can be stored in the freezer!