It wasn’t until my children’s school introduced a “no rubbish” policy that I found out what was really going on. The “no rubbish” policy laid everything bare. The new policy stipulated that all rubbish and uneaten food was to be placed back into kids’ lunchboxes for parents to dispose of. And it turns out that my children had been doing all they could to not eat some of the fruit and vegetable sticks I was packing for them in their lunch boxes.
I discovered that my oldest didn’t like bananas, my middle child didn’t like carrot sticks and my daughter didn’t like apples. They didn’t even bother to nibble them.
After being subjected to my usual rant about how a healthy diet is one filled with a variety of fruits and vegetables, they got smarter. They started trying to swap these items with friends, with mixed results.
"It turns out that my children had been doing all they could to not eat some of the fruit and vegetable sticks I was packing for them in their lunch boxes." Image via iStock.
Then they started placing them in different parts of their school bags. You know all those little compartments and zipper sections? Fruit, veg and other unwanted food items would be placed there for me to find whenever I bothered to open every single one of them. Then there’s the pear that went through the wash because it was in a school uniform pocket. RIP pear.
Not very clever when it comes to hiding unwanted food, are they? They could use a bit of advice from these former-children and parents about the places they hid their food and where their children are stashing items.
“I hated broccoli and often used to collect it in my lap during dinner to tactically flush down the toilet after.” Lauren
“I once hid boiled chestnuts under the couches at my grandma’s house.” Valentina
“My nephew often puts veggies in the table drawer where the remote controls go.” Anne
“My son has a “secret stash” in the spare bedroom behind the door. I am very rarely in the spare bedroom with the door shut so it goes unnoticed. He is a bit of a bowerbird so he collects food he wants for later or toys or just random household objects. We first discovered the stash when we lost three dustpan and brush sets in a month (they are his objects of desire). I couldn’t work out where they were going until I caught him stashing a pear there. I now have to check it regularly just to make sure there isn’t gross food there.” Tegan