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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    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!
    Yeah if the kids mess around, they'll miss their whole lunch. My second grader's teacher reads to them during their lunch hour. It seems to keep them from playing around, quiet, and focused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommytoMR.FACE View Post
    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?
    OMG, this drives me crazy! I actually don't know of any other kid in Tiven's grade who willingly eats crusts. There are moms at school who cut the crusts off 20+ sandwiches for birthday parties. I'm the weirdo at school who not only sends her kid sandwiches with crusts, but they're also made with whole wheat bread instead of white.

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    I cant belive how much food you all send to school with your kids!!! Do they eat all that for lunch?
    Not just for lunch but also a snack. Tiven's class has "break time" in the morning, 10 minutes when the kids can use the bathroom and/or have a snack. In the younger grades the classes have snack time right before recess, but the older grades don't have morning recess. They have recess right before lunch time, which helps the kids be a bit more settled down for eating their lunches. There's also a mandatory 5-minute quiet period, which starts 10 minutes before lunch time is over, so that helps, too. Sometimes she brings some food home, but that usually only happens when there's pineapple or mandarin oranges on the sharing table. The sharing table is where the kids who buy hot lunch put whatever they don't want to eat, and it's up for grabs for anyone else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    OMG, this drives me crazy! I actually don't know of any other kid in Tiven's grade who willingly eats crusts. There are moms at school who cut the crusts off 20+ sandwiches for birthday parties. I'm the weirdo at school who not only sends her kid sandwiches with crusts, but they're also made with whole wheat bread instead of white.


    Not just for lunch but also a snack. Tiven's class has "break time" in the morning, 10 minutes when the kids can use the bathroom and/or have a snack. In the younger grades the classes have snack time right before recess, but the older grades don't have morning recess. They have recess right before lunch time, which helps the kids be a bit more settled down for eating their lunches. There's also a mandatory 5-minute quiet period, which starts 10 minutes before lunch time is over, so that helps, too. Sometimes she brings some food home, but that usually only happens when there's pineapple or mandarin oranges on the sharing table. The sharing table is where the kids who buy hot lunch put whatever they don't want to eat, and it's up for grabs for anyone else.
    Some of my friends say "Doesn't Claire ask you to cut them off?" and I'm like "No, because she's never had a sandwich any other way but with the crust on." Why open that can of worms? Don't want the crust then don't eat it, but don't ask me to remove them in advance! She eats them anyway.

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    I dont cut the crusts off, but if I want to make the sandwiches a bit fancier, I have a couple of those shape cutters for sandwiches, and depending on the size of the bread, they cut most of the crust off. My kids will eat them with or without crusts though, and it is always whole wheat, or other grains. My kids arent big sandwich eaters though. Unless it is something sticky like peanut butter and Jam, they open up the bread and eat all the stuff from the inside. I figure they just dont want the extra carbs
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommytoMR.FACE View Post
    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.
    I can't answer for everyone who makes bentos, but in the country from which bentos come, you can't buy brown bread, and normal white bread is sliced thicker than you would want for a sandwich. "Sandwich bread" comes with the crust sliced off in plastic boxes. So when people there make bentos with bread instead of rice there is no option for crusts.

    Which is really really stupid, imho, but I'm only one consumer of millions. I make my own brown bread for every day but my bread doesn't slice into shapes as well as "sandwich" bread so for bento days my kids get the crappy crustless tasteless white stuff.

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    Exposing my ignorance here, but what on earth is a "bento"??

    I agree with everyone about not cutting crusts off. They aren't anyone favorite part of the sandwich, but we all learn to eat them.

    I feel the same about peeling/slicing apples. I used to send whole apples with my kids to preschool and I would get left over slices back. What? I guess the teacher thought they needed it cut up. My kids gnawed on whole apples since they had their first tooth... Way safer imo, hard to choke on an entire apple!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kris_w View Post
    Exposing my ignorance here, but what on earth is a "bento"??

    I agree with everyone about not cutting crusts off. They aren't anyone favorite part of the sandwich, but we all learn to eat them.

    I feel the same about peeling/slicing apples. I used to send whole apples with my kids to preschool and I would get left over slices back. What? I guess the teacher thought they needed it cut up. My kids gnawed on whole apples since they had their first tooth... Way safer imo, hard to choke on an entire apple!
    It's like Japanese food art. Seriously.




    Bento boxes are often little cases with layers and/or compartments for food. Not all people use them for this kind of fancy, decorated food; the more 'western' style is a food container that works well for kids' school lunches. I think they're cool. A more common bento looks like this:



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    Thanks! I definitely don't do "food art"!

    I use wet bags (like for cloth diapers) about the size of a large ziploc. I can fit all sorts of containers in there and they wash up well and dry fast

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    Quote Originally Posted by blather View Post
    I can't answer for everyone who makes bentos, but in the country from which bentos come, you can't buy brown bread, and normal white bread is sliced thicker than you would want for a sandwich. "Sandwich bread" comes with the crust sliced off in plastic boxes. So when people there make bentos with bread instead of rice there is no option for crusts.

    Which is really really stupid, imho, but I'm only one consumer of millions. I make my own brown bread for every day but my bread doesn't slice into shapes as well as "sandwich" bread so for bento days my kids get the crappy crustless tasteless white stuff.
    Thanks for explaining

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