3 easy school lunch ideas (to make with your little sous chef)

When you're feeling stumped about what to pack for your kid's next lunch, Pinterest usually holds some great inspiration on what to make. But what if I don't have time to dig through Pinterest, you think.

Good news, we did it for you.

Here are the top 10 pins for creative + delicious back to school lunches on Pinterest.

(And we cooked some in our real kitchen, too. Watch the video above.)

1. Kale + spinach mac and cheese cups

Created by See Vanessa Craft

​This is such an easy way to get those greens in. 🙌

Daytime naps might last just a few short hours, but they can affect all 24 hours of a child's day. Naps can improve a child's mood and reduce fussiness, crying, whining and tantrums. Studies show that children who nap daily also get sick less often, grow taller and are less likely to be obese when they grow up. Naps enhance attention span and brain development.

Naps can also help make up for any shortage in nighttime sleep. Even a one hour shortage in overall sleep hours can have a negative effect on a child—compromising alertness and brain function and increasing fussiness and fatigue.

There are many ideas for helping a child to take a nap, but the best idea in the world may not work for you if the solution doesn't address the reason that your child won't nap. There is not just one reason that babies and young children refuse to nap—there are hundreds of different reasons.

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