Tips Every Parent Needs to Avoid Epic Kid Hunger Meltdowns

With 5 kids between us, we've been there and done that...many times!

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Between the two of us, we have five little ones, so trust us when we say we've seen it all. Part of seeing it all includes dealing with some pretty explosive meltdowns. Epic meltdowns are almost like a right of passage for parenthood. Are we right, or what?!

As our kids hit the toddlers years, we noticed these meltdowns began to increase and they also started to become BIG. Oh, joy! You know what we mean when we say BIG:" The slap in the face, kicking and screaming, jelly-flop-in-the-middle-of-the-grocery-store freak outs. We've all been there. But the big question is: how can we avoid them?

After years of doing this parenting gig, we've officially concluded that most, if not all, meltdowns have two recurring themes: hunger and sleep deprivation.

We're going to talk about how to avoid those hunger meltdowns today because the sleep thing? That's a whole other conversation!

Luckily, for all of us, hunger meltdowns are a pretty easy thing to prepare for and ultimately, avoid. The most important thing to remember is to always travel with snacks! Being on our mom game, means being one step ahead of our little people. So the second we smell a whiff of a potential meltdown, we quickly run through our mental check list: Tired, needs to hit the washroom, diaper change, just got hit by a sibling, HUNGRY...yup, hungry is most often the answer. So pull out those snacks!

Here's a list of our favourite finger snacks to pack when on-the-go:

  • Rice cakes
  • Apple slices
  • Cheese Strings
  • Mott’s Fruitsations +Veggie fruit flavoured snacks
  • Granola bars
  • Mini bagels (with our little ones' favourite toppings)
  • Pretzels
  • Non-dairy shakes
  • Carrot sticks

Want more tips to help avoid hunger meltdowns and keep everyone happy? Watch this video we put together that includes five tricks:

So what do you think? They're all pretty easy to do, right? And trust us, they're totally worth doing if it will avoid one of those BIG meltdowns.

And always remember: Never leave home without snacks! 

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Vanessa + Melissa are two full time, passionate moms on a mission with thier parenting TV show, "Vanessa + Melissa" to discover the latest and greatest in all things related to raising healthy, happy, balanced children, and families.  These mamas might not always agree on things, Melissa tends to have a more holistic approach, and well, Vanessa can be a little set in her ways sometimes, but at the end of the day both moms aspire to what most parents do; happiness, great health, peace, and having all the facts, so they can feel confident in the decisions they make for their families. Oh, and let's not forget having lots of FUN!!! Follow these ladies as they continue on this incredible journey called, "parenting!".