At this time of year my Facebook feed is filled with lunch porn. Is yours?
No, don’t get the wrong idea, t’s the G rated type. Though in my view, that’s G for “get a life” rather than G for general viewing because there is nothing “general” about these posts.
The ones I am referring to are about food.
About lunch-boxes and recess ideas, like brilliant bento boxes and organic after school snacks. They are paleo friendly wholefoods, they are unrefined and vegan, they are home-baked-sugar-free-preservative-free carbohydrate-free and as elaborate as a gingerbread house.
(That would be a sugar-free, whole grain, gluten free gingerbread house of course).
And they make me hang my head in shame at the Vegemite sandwiches, box of sultanas, half bruised apple and bag of crackers I cram into my kids’ Tupperwear each morning while inhaling a coffee.
As much as I want to try and be that mother – and kudos to you if you are – I just can’t keep up.
So it is refreshing to read that other mums can’t do it all too.
A Facebook post by young mother from the Central Coast of NSW has gone viral. Paige-Alexis Cunningham has decreed the “what not to feed your kids” type shaming that has risen alongside the culture of sugar shaming.
Her post, liked by more than 17,000 people, shamelessly and proudly shared what her kids ate that day.
Oh there was watermelon, lunch was a "Happy Meal" she says and at breakfast one kid at Rice Bubbles and the other “refused to eat.”
She says “at some stage they had some apple juice” and that “one drinks cows milk bottles all the frikken time, too much in anyone's opinion.”
Paige says that the mum-shaming has to stop.
“Why did they have Happy Meals and juice? Because they wanted it, we were out in public and I was bloody exhausted and didn't want to fight with them.”
WATCH Nigella Lawson speak to Mia Freedman on food shaming. Post continues after video..