Parenting tasks that are unexpectedly hard, number eleventy five: school lunches.
Planning school lunches almost takes a degree in project management.
Think about everything that goes into getting a packed nutritious lunch into a Tupperware box, into a school bag and actually eaten at the appropriate time in a school yard.
Planning, purchasing, preparing.
You have to consider what will suit your child’s taste, what can be kept unrefrigerated for a few hours, what will provide a healthy well balanced meal.
And it seems the system is not really set up to help us, either. Working out what is healthy and what isn’t – it feels like that task is becoming increasingly difficult.
We’re not idiots, we mothers. But sometimes, standing in front of the shopping centre shelves I feel like a deer in the headlights.
Lunch box drinks seem like a relatively simple affair, when compared to muesli bars and cheese and crackers, right? Water and juice good. Sugary soft drinks bad.
But perhaps not.
The Obesity Policy Coalition have put together data the lunchbox drinks you and I are probably sticking in our weekly shopping trolleys, and it's disturbing.