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Mum slated online as 'lazy' after sharing tip for six-week school holiday snack baskets for kids; The snack boxes contained popcorn, chocolate bars, fruity treats and chocolate-chip cookies.

Byline: Lucy Skoulding

As the school holidays get underway inthere's always the challenge of keeping the kids happy and occupied while they spend their days at home.

While it's a lovely chance to spend time as a family, preventing kids from getting bored out of their minds can be a bit of a task.

And part of their boredom can result in a constant demand for food.

How many times have you made lunch for your children and less than half an hour later they're already asking for snacks? Your heart sinks and you wrack your brains for what you can give them.

One mum thought she'd found a good solution.

Inspired by an Instagram post, mum-of-two Shannon James shared her tips on Facebook for giving her kids a bit of autonomy when it came to dealing with their snack requests.

Pictures show how she set up snack boxes for Kalem, 8, and Theo, 3 alongside a big dispenser of orange squash, reported theManchester Evening News.

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Yet not everyone saw the positive side of this choice.

Shannon shared snaps of snack boxes containing treats like Pepperami, Fruit Winders, Butterkist Popcorn, a Babybel, Love Heart sweets, Milky Way Crispy Rolls, lollies, and Mini Maryland Cookies.

She had built the snack boxes for her two sons, calling it a 'Six week holiday survival kit' which she had put together using Home Bargains products.

In her original post, Shannon wrote: "Six week holiday survival kit. One of the hardest times of the holidays is the kids asking for drinks / snacks every five mins so with this idea they can help themselves.

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"The baskets will be refilled every morning but once it's gone it's gone so hopefully this will teach them not to be too greedy and a have bit of independence. Of course this is alongside breakfast, lunch and dinner and fruit is always available for them to help themselves to."

Yet not everyone reacted positively to it.

People took to the comments section on her Facebook post to call Shannon a 'lazy parent'.

Others said there were far too many snacks and pointed out the mum shouldn't be letting her children choose how much and what they eat.

Some even chose to slate her son's names.

Following the negative comments, Shannon updated her status.

"I won't repeat myself again!" she wrote. "I put this up to try and be helpful, never did I expect it to blow up and me being judged as 'lazy parent'.

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"I filled the basket with everything I bought as an example for the photo, they will not be getting this much each day - however yes some days they may so shoot me.

"Also as stated below there is fruit that they are more then welcome to have and have no cap on hence why it's not in the basket."

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, the mum added: "It's so crazy how much this post has blown up.

"People shouldn't be so cruel and judgemental to people behind a screen, their words can be so damaging.

"They're lucky I'm a strong person and can take the bad comments but the good far outweigh, lighten up enjoy the tip or just scroll on by."

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Despite the criticism, Shannon did also receive hundreds of comments from people saying they liked her idea and would be trying it themselves at home.

"I saw the idea on Instagram and thought wow that's great. So we went shopping, the boys picked a few snacks they liked and then when we got home I filled the baskets with one of everything just for an example, they wouldn't have all of that.

"I cook homemade meals almost every day, they have unlimited fruit always available and the two are very active so why not let them have treats."


Credit: Shannon James

Shannon James with children Theo and Kalem

Credit: Shannon James

Shannon made up these survival kits after seeing the tip on Instagram
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Publication:Get West London (Watford, England)
Date:Aug 3, 2019
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