I’ve lost track of how many days my daughter’s lunch box comes home and there’s hardly a difference from when I packed it that morning. I know she doesn’t have much time at school to eat her whole lunch, but I know that there’s other problems that lead to the uneaten lunch, like that she’s an incredibly slow eater. Oh my goodness, if we let her take her time at breakfast with no encouragement (or reminders), I’m pretty sure that she’d sit there and nibble her breakfast away for thirty minutes.
No joke. No exaggeration. It happens at dinner.
She’s also very chatty. This picture was taken at four years old and totally reflects her love to talk with the girls. Or boys. She just enjoys conversation.
Now, she’s not a huge eater to begin with and we’ve scaled back what we give her by a lot. If it’s not a leftover school lunch day, she takes the Planet Box that we packed full for her brother last year so I think I forget how different their appetites are. My son, on the other hand, eats more than I do and has even less time to wrap up his lunch because he helps the teachers prepare for recess.
So, this is where we’re at: a small variety of food. Or some of her favorites like mac and cheese or mexi bowls. My daughter is so thin and we’re always trying to put some weight on her but the reality is that I can fill that lunch box up each day and it won’t be eaten. I can’t bare to waste the food so I just cut back and feel a little better knowing that they have a morning and afternoon snack so she’s at least not going hungry.
And even though she loves all these things, half of this still comes home. How do you ensure your kids eat a healthy school lunch?