I remember as a child getting either the standard PB&J or baloney sandwiches along with an apple or banana and water or a can of pop packed in your standard brown paper bag (yes – I got a can of pop in my lunches! Crazy eh?).
Now, instead of one lunch break, Ella gets two nutrition breaks which means I am packing TWO lunches instead of one. And of course, with the no nut policy at the school, PB&J sandwiches no longer make the cut. In addition, for some reason I thought I needed a cool lunch container with bento compartments which further complicated things as I now have to come up with 6 different things to pack each day for lunch as god forbid she eat two of the same thing. Not sure why I did this to myself!
I find myself spending time each night trying to figure out what I am going to pack for lunch that is nut-free, ideally covers all of the food groups, is as healthy as possible and something that she will eat! No use packing these wonderful balanced lunches if she won’t eat them.
I label this whole process as my second job as it really is. I spend time thinking (sometimes stressing) and planning the lunches almost as much as I would for a project at work. Every Wednesday I signed her up for pizza day and Tuesday nights are the best nights as I only have to pack one lunch! Also, I have a great friend who will give me some of what she makes for her daughter so this helps when I can take advantage of this. Even with this support, I find that I still feel she needs different lunches every day and no repeats during the week. Call me crazy as I know I’ve created my own problem with thinking this way. I somehow feel like it makes me a “better” mom if I put effort into these lunches. It’s that guilt again I guess of only having one child, choosing to work full-time instead of staying home and trying to prove that I can be super mom!
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