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We Imagined A World Where Kids Are In Charge Of Lunchtime, And Spoiler: It's Adorable


If there's anything that moms are truly the best at, it's showing love in every little thing we do for our kids. Everything from checking over last night's homework assignment for the third (or fourth... or fifth) time, to giving in to that extra bedtime story at night is done with their needs and happiness at the top of mind. But we couldn't help but wonder what it would look like it we flipped the script to let kids take the lead in one of the most universally recognized gestures of love: preparing them a nourishing lunch, complete with an encouraging lunchbox note.

We partnered with Jif Peanut Butter to imagine a world where lunchtime and snacktime were our kid's responsibilities, and what resulted was some top-notch adorableness, which carried all the way down to picturing the lengths they would go to just to brighten your day. Just like everything you do for them day in and day out is packed with love from every angle, so are these carefully crafted snack and lunchtime strategies that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

They'd Likely Only Focus On The Fun Parts

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And by "fun parts," I mean the actual lunch packing, note writing, and surprise planning. Putting away the ingredients left on the kitchen counter and the mad dash to get everyone out the door on time in the morning is still up to the pros like yourself.

Your Imaginations Would Be Put To The Test

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OK, so maybe when they say "Let's have a picnic," all you hear is "I want to roll around in the dirt while I eat lunch!" No matter which perspective you're choosing (we recommend the former), chances are high that your kid has seized the opportunity to make this lunch special for you, too.

Their Secret Ingredient Won't Be Much Of A Secret

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Even when we think they're totally tuning us out, kids are always listening to everything we say. Yes, that means they know if they're not supposed to be in the kitchen — hence a lunch full of the only snacks they could sneak away. It also means they heard you prepping for that big presentation you're giving at work, so fuel up, and go get 'em!

It'd Become A Chance To Try A New Dream Job

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Sure, kids change their minds about what they want to be when they grow up at the drop of a hat, but that doesn't make it any less entertaining to see them put their passions to the test.

They'd Keep Your Wellbeing Top Of Mind

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Sometimes it can feel like we're reminding our kids that "vegetables are good for you" a million times a day to no avail, so there's something especially gratifying when they kindly pass along the same reminders to us. Now if only we can convince them to keep those celery sticks in their own lunchbox.

This post is sponsored by Jif Peanut Butter.

Photos: Gregory Reid; Food Stylist: Maria Cuadra; Prop Stylist: Liz Peters; Art Direction: Bry Crasch; Editor: Allison Berry; Production: Nancy Valev, Lucy Haller.