The phrase most uttered by kids across the nation.

“Can I have a snack?”

My friends assure me that I am not the only mother who hears this phrase approximately 1,273 times per day.

If we could only harness the energy expended by the millions of children across America as they jump up and down, tugging on their mom’s weary bodies, repeating ad nauseum “Can I have a snack? Can I have a snack? Can I have a snack?”

I have experimented with ways to cut down on the snack requests.

“You want a sixth bowl of cereal this morning? Sure! Have at it!”

It doesn’t really matter. If they finish the sixth bowl of cereal at 8:30, they’ll still be asking for a snack no later than 9:00.

Apples, oranges, bananas, string cheese, pretzels, goldfish crackers, granola bars….we burn through those particular foods at a rate I could have never believed possible before becoming a mother.

What are the go-to snacks in your house?

4 comments on “The phrase most uttered by kids across the nation.

  1. “I feed you 5 times every day and this is NOT one of those times… feel free to help yourself at the water faucet”

  2. It’s the same way in our house! Ten minutes after eating they are asking for snacks!

    I think kids just burn energy around the clock and lots of small meals keep them going.

    Fruit, yogurt, string cheese, and aaruul (which is Mongolian dried milk curds) are the usual snacks I guess. Popcorn–just airpopped with a little salt is always a favorite. But, then I have to vacuum up all their crumbs!

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