Bento lunches (and pictures of other "creative" lunches) annoy me because it seems like in almost every picture with a sandwich that uses bread... The crust is cut off. My kid actually eats the crust. Do that many kids hate the crust or something?
I have $10 on Jace's account at school but he has actually preferred to take his lunch instead. He did buy today though, because they served hotdogs with fruit and veggies. He bought chocolate milk with it. He memorized a 6-digit pin number before school started and types it in when he checks out in the lunch line. If for some reason he forgets it, the lunch lady memorizes each child within about 2 weeks, somehow.
When I pack lunch for him, I give him a juice pouch thing, a sandwich, fruit, a small dessert, and a vegetable I think he would eat cold. He also likes taking yogurt (plain or a fruit Chobani).
DS's daycare doesn't do lunches so I pack it everyday. He gets a main, either a sandwhich or leftovers from the night before, two fruits, yoghurt and rice cakes with vegemite and sometimes dates/prunes or sultanas which I add in because somedays he is just a bit hungrier than others.
At primary school they vary on lunches, but most schools now don't run full time tuckshops, they are just a few times a week and you write your order on a brown paper bag put the money in and it goes down to the tuckshop, then at lunch breaks your food comes back in the brown paper bag for you.
I cant belive how much food you all send to school with your kids!!! Do they eat all that for lunch? Today I sent DD about a quarter of a ham and cheese 'quesadilla' cut in 3 pieces, 2 slices of banana bread, a sliced orange, and a thermos of milk. She ate 1 piece of quesadilla, 1/2 piece of banana bread, the orange, and maybe half the milk. She is not a big eater normally, and I have a feeling she is spending more time socializing then eating, but I cant imagine her ever eating a sandwich, 2 fruits, yoghurt AND rice cakes while at school! I would be happy to get that much into her in a whole day!
Not trying to pick on ange84, this is directed at a number of large lunch packers here. Her post was just right above mine when i posted.
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
He doesn't eat that all everyday, there is some that comes home, some that gets drink spilt on it and some he just doesn't eat and gets thrown out (think rehated leftovers) but that is the amount that gets requested by day care. DS is not a big breakfast eater either, most mornings he might have a couple of bites of whatever is served up because he doesn't like to eat soon after waking, in his ideal world breakfast would be a couple of hours after waking, so his morning tea is generally a bit bigger than other kids. His daycare asks that we send enough in case they are really hungry, often a fruit or hald the sandwhich and rice cakes come home. The yoghurt I put in tubs myself so it isn't a large amount either, but he doesn't like milk much so yoghurt and cheese are his big sources of calcium and his daycare know this so they make sure that is all eaten.
Also even witht he amount of food DS eats in a day (which some days can be alot) he is still on the smaller side for his age so I am kind of glad he's a good eater, I can't imagine how much smaller he could be if he wasn't, he has cousins almost a year younger than him who are bigger than he is
They don't give the kids a lot of time to eat lunch at our school, so we don't send big lunches. They have a snack in the morning, and lunch, and that's it. They don't have enough time for a big lunch though!
Laurie, mom to:
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