What is the best age for the job?

Does the thought of packing lunches make you wish summer would last forever? Maybe it's time to pass the task onto your child.

Experts say it's a kid-by-kid decision whether a youngster is ready to tackle this job. You can help prepare them by discussing the elements of a healthy lunch and stocking the necessary items in the pantry.

It's also a good idea to do it together a few times before turning the job over to a child. You also may want to inspect their lunch box in the beginning to make sure they haven't forgotten anything.

For a list of healthy lunch suggestions, check out clemson.edu/extension/hgic/food/nutrition/nutrition/life_stages/hgic4114.html.