While families all over the world have been practicing social distancing, some were even homebound during our collective fight against the coronavirus pandemic. During this difficult period, we all have been getting bored. But it’s not the extra free time that’s the problem, rather what we do(n’t) do with it. Many kids, for example, have just been snacking all day, every day.

Mom-of-three and parenting blogger Jen Hallstrom, however, got fed up with her kids munching so much and decided to put a stop to it.

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Image credits: Jen Hallstrom

It worked!

The mom developed this clever trick after seeing a similar idea on Pinterest some time ago. “My two girls are complete bored snackers,” Hallstrom told Bored Panda. “I am also guilty of this! So this really helped us in the weird downtime we were in! My son is a fairly decent eater but ‘wants’ 4 snacks at a time. We loved how this eliminated that over the top snacking.”

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“It worked really well,” Hallstrom said. “We are now back into a normal routine so there is not really a need for it now. But long breaks and summer break next year I will bring them back for sure!”

An additional rule was no stealing from the siblings’ baskets, but substitutes were allowed. “An example being ‘I don’t want an apple today, can I trade for a banana?'”

Hallstrom had usually put 3-4 snacks in there for the whole day and often found that they wouldn’t even eat all of those. “If it was a refrigerated snack like yogurt or veggies, it was stored in a certain bin in the fridge. They also only got one cup a day which really, really helped with my constant dishes problem.”

People absolutely adored the simple yet brilliant hack

Since everyone loved it so much, the mom decided to share more quarantine hacks as well:

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Image credits: The JEN Life

Image credits: The JEN Life

Image credits: The JEN Life

Image credits: The JEN Life

Image credits: The JEN Life