I hate to break it to you… You know that lunch you packed for your kid this morning? In. The. Bin.
Every day thousands of Australian mums lovingly pack their children’s recess and lunch, but are their kids really eating them? The sad fact is that most children will throw out at least part of their school lunch and parents will never know. So, what do we do about it?
One of my best friends is also my son’s best friend’s mother.
I’ll just give you a moment with that one…
Anyway, she told me that she recently discovered her son was regularly throwing his lunch away because he didn’t like what she’d been packing for him. I boasted that my son Philip would never do that and the son in question – who was in the room at the time – giggled.
I turned to him in horror.
"Do you throw your lunch away?"
"Just the apples, and sometimes the sandwiches, if it's bread I don't like."
I starting pumping him for information as he tried to back out of the room. The bottom line is that I am never allowed to pack him apples ever again. They have been going in the bin for an entire year. He might eat interesting fruit like grapes or nectarines but sometimes he just wants to play so has one bite, throws the rest away and starts running away.
He always eats his weekly lunch order because lunch orders are special and fresh and delicious.
Oh, and he might need a break from Vegemite sandwiches. And Cruskits. And Corn Thins.
I felt like I'd been slapped. I always go to so much effort to pack his lunch. I open discussions about it in case his tastes have changed, ask if there's anything he'd like me to start including, anything he's sick of, suggestions he'd like to make. I WAS A GOOD LUNCH PACKING MUMMY.