We reckon finding a wibbly wobbly jelly in your lunchbox would cheer most kids right up, so we were delighted when jelly pot experts Hartley’s sent us a whole lunchbox full of their No Added Sugar range to try! So what’s so great about the jelly pots? Here’s why we love them:
- They come in six fruity flavours – Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackcurrant, Orange, Apple and Tropical – so you could have a different one every day!
- You don’t need to keep them in the fridge
- They fit brilliantly in lunchboxes
- They’re NOT yogurt (Arlo hates yogurt)
- They go brilliantly with fruit
- There’s no added sugar
Hartley’s are giving away these jolly yellow lunch boxes – they’re really roomy and fab because you can wash them up easily at the end of each day. To claim a Hartleys lunchbox for YOUR little one, simply collect 12 of the green lids and visit http://www.hartleysfruit.co.uk/hartleyslunchbox/
How to help your kids deal with ‘back to school blues’
So we’re well into September now, and the kids are back to school, with lots of the nursery/reception aged-kids probably still in their settling-in stage. Are your kids fully in the swing of things, or are they a bit fed up now the novelty of going back has worn off and the hard work has kicked in?!
Some kids totally thrive on getting back to school and hanging out with their friends, but for others it can be an anxious time. Whether it’s adjusting to a new school, trying to make new friends or getting used to a new teacher, it’s easy for children to feel overwhelmed.
Child psychologist Sam Wass, from Channel 4’s The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, is offering his expert tips on helping children deal with the transition back to school:
- If they’re feeling anxious, try and chat to them about why they feel like that – verbally labelling a feeling can really help a child with first day nerves
- Try giving them some familiar things in their lunch box, so they have some food they like and recognise from home
- If they’re trying to make friends get them to ask questions and be interested in that person
- Don’t be upset if other children ignore you – it’s not because they don’t like you, they don’t even know you – it’s more likely that they’re feeling shy and don’t know how to deal with it or that they didn’t hear you or understand you
- Be calm as their parent. Stress and anxiety are contagious so if you’re stressed and around a child that will communicate the stress to a child
Sam & Arlo’s advice
I wanted to find out from the boys what tips they might share with other children who were feeling a bit worried about school, so I sat down with them over lunch and this is what I managed to get out of them:
- “I was worried and nervous when I moved schools, but I got a big friendly greeting and everyone was really nice so I felt much better.”
- “You’ll make loads of friends – it’s fun!”
- “Talk to your teachers about how you’re feeling, they’re usually really nice.”
- “Having something delicious in my lunchbox from home like pizza and strawberry jelly!”
Packed Lunch Treats
If you’re looking for even more Packed Lunch inspiration, check out some of these recipes:
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