All of this has to be balanced with if a child will actually eat what’s in their lunchbox, or will they starve all day, affecting their brain function and ruining their chances of a good education? This is why school lunch boxes are hard work.
But as one mum discovered this week, the agony is not over yet. There’s apparently such a thing as packing too much into a lunchbox; which she discovered the hard/delicious way.
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Posting about her experience in Facebook parenting group Lunchbox Mums, the mum shared that one day last week she was approached by her daughter’s prep teacher after school, and was asked, “why I pack so much food for my daughter.”
Explaining that her child is a “fussy kid” who changes her mind about food constantly (like most children) she wanted to give her food options so she wouldn’t go hungry during the day.
“I’m trying to teach her variety of foods,” the mum added. “She is also very active. So I would think after a huff and puff [sports] session she would be feeling hungry.”
The mum also included a photo of the lunch box, which showed she had packed luncheon meat, yoghurt, popcorn, grapes, savoury and sweet biscuits, cheese, a small chocolate, and a small muffin.
The mum concluded her post by acknowledging "I do get it's a lot", but she reasoned that "not a lot comes back."
She also hoped that her daughter would share her food with "a kid [whose] mum or dad is struggling. Isn't fed best?"