This is a guest post from Claire at Life on Wallace. I love Claire’s blog because she shows us all her family adventures with three boys. I asked Claire to guest post after seeing so many judgemental comments about the lunches other people make in the lunchbox group I admin. You can read more about that here. If you’d like to contribute to Don’t Judge My Lunch Series designed to help dispel lunch judgement, get in touch!
My eldest son is in Kindergarten, so it’s my first year making school lunches. The lunchbox I imagined packing my future children is very different from the lunch box I now find myself packing. I could never have imagined having such a tremendously fussy eldest child. There’s nothing I haven’t tried to expand the range of foods he eats. All with no success.
When it comes to his lunchbox, I pack what I know he will eat. It’s not pretty. It’s not nutritious. The food groups aren’t all covered. Yet it fills his belly and for now, that’s the most important thing! I figure it’s hard for a kid to concentrate with a rumbling tummy, especially when that child gets a mean case of the hangrys.
What do you pack in the lunchbox of an extremely fussy child?
You pack what they eat and you don’t pack surprises! My son’s lunch is almost the same each day. At the moment his fruit break is grapes, only green grapes and only grapes that are firm! Sometimes he’ll have an apple, it must be a pink lady, whole and also cold. The Kindy teacher told the parents not to pack whole apples, because they are too big for little mouths. Every time I pack an apple I think she must doubt my sanity, but I don’t have any other option!
Recess is all about crackers, ‘salt’ crackers, which are basically salt and vinegar rice crackers. Bland and salty. There are also ‘brown’ crackers, which are brown rice crackers. We can’t change the brand, or the flavor. There are no acceptable substitutes. Much to my shame, there’s a packet of chocolate tiny teddies. I tried the honey version, on the basis they contain less sugar, no luck there!
Lunch is either a vegemite sandwich on wholemeal bread. The bread must be from a particular bakery. The butter must always be the same brand, I can’t use the salt reduced version, or it’ll be rejected! The vegemite must be very lightly applied, too much and it won’t be eaten. Such a high maintenance kid! The other lunch option is a pita bread, cut in half with butter. Honestly, its so boring and bland I don’t know how he eats it! I always throw some ‘fat corn thins’, actually thick rice cakes, because I know he’ll eat them if is still hungry. His drink it water, simple.
It’s not the lunchbox I’d prefer to pack him. I’d love to pack a healthier lunch with variety, colour and texture. I could spend time doing that, but I know my efforts would be wasted. Please don’t judge my son’s lunchbox. I’m not too lazy to pack other foods, or make something more nutritious. I’m also not stupid, I know his lunchbox isn’t well rounded or healthy. This is not the food the rest of the family eat! I’m not a bad mum, although that’s the impression my son’s lunchbox may give. I’m just a mum whose trying to make sure her child doesn’t go hungry and eats something, anything, while he’s at school. My eldest son’s diet is an ongoing battle, but not one I’m prepared to wage in his lunchbox!
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