The first term of my eldest son’s education is over. It was relatively smooth sailing. I wasn’t particularly worried about his transition to school. He’s social and smart but kind of lazy. Honestly I’ve no idea who he takes after!
The one thing I was worried about was school lunches. Not because I’d need to create a pinterest worthy lunchbox each day. Far from it. I was worried that I’d be shamed for packing a flavourless lunch for my fussy eater.
When the rather clever Kylie from Kidgredients asked for submissions to her Don’t Judge My Lunch series, I volunteered the biggest lad’s lunch box, almost in jest. Honestly, the lunchbox of a fussy eater is boring and doesn’t make for pretty pictures. To my surprise, Kylie wanted to include a picky eaters lunchbox in her series. You can read all about what’s in the biggest lad’s lunchbox here.
What’s in the lunchbox of a fussy eater?
The lunchbox I pack for the biggest lad is bland and sorely lacking in nutrients. It’s not colourful or pretty or even well balanced. Frankly, I don’t know how he eats it each day. But what I do know is that he eats it, mostly. I figure I need to pick my battles. The school lunchbox simply isn’t the right time or place. I have tried healthier options without any success. We’re talking about a kid who won’t eat his usual type of apples (pink lady only, it must be cold), when cut with a serrated, rather than smooth bladed, knife. It’s tedious!
The point of this? Don’t judge a kid’s lunchbox. There’s probably a reason the lunchbox is packed the way it is! Perhaps it’s not the lunch you’d send your child to school with. But that’s not important, what matters is that the child has a lunch that’s edible. It doesn’t have to be a lunch your child would eat. The only kid who needs to eat the lunch is the kid it was packed for. This parenting gig is hard enough, let’s not make it tougher by judging kid’s lunches!
What is the biggest challenge you have with packing school lunches? Have you ever noticed lunchbox shaming?
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