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Teens: Move-Out Skills 101: Making Lunch
Source: Your Teen Magazine

Taking charge of making lunch for school—or, in the summer, work or camp—helps teenagers build some key skills, including basic food preparation, grocery shopping, nutritional know-how, and time management. Forward this article to your teenager. Remember, you are the coach. Stand on the sidelines and offer advice, but let your teenager do the work.

  1. Give mom or dad a list of the food you need to make your lunch Monday to Friday. Parents: Be sure your fridge is stocked for Monday morning. Also, the shopping list is a great opportunity to help your teenager learn what goes into a healthy lunch (e.g. not all snack food).
  2.  Make sure you have 10-15 minutes set aside in the morning to put your lunch together. If waking up earlier is too difficult, consider making your lunch the night before.
  3. Make a lunch that will satisfy you and keep you going until you get home. This could be a sandwich, fruit, and a granola bar or chips. Or it could be leftovers from last night’s dinner. Whatever it is, make sure you use appropriate containers (ideally, re-useable containers). For example, if you’d like your pasta to still be warm when you eat it, use a thermos. When it’s warm outside or if you’re packing yogurt, cheese, meat or other items that should stay cool, consider using a cold pack.
  4. Don’t forget a drink, a napkin and utensils if you need them.
  5. When you get home, unpack your lunch bag, then wash and dry containers, so you can use them again tomorrow.


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