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THAT Mother.
Posted 9:02 AM on Tue-26-Jun-2012
Occasionally at daycare, I've seen through lids of lunchboxes on the lunch trolley and noticed the lack of fruit in some of them. Now, while I'm not one to judge, I obviously do have thoughts on said lack of fruit, as I have inadvertently noticed.

Yesterday however, I was THAT mother. I was the one who sent Pocket and The Legend off to daycare and school lacking in a very nutritious looking packed lunch.

Monday is grocery day in our house, and this weekend been, we had been away. I had the forethought to buy a bag of kiwifruit while at the inny's supermarket, however, in the mad rush to pack the car for the trip home, I managed to leave them behind in the pantry. So, when Sunday night came, and with it, lunch making time, I hung my head in shame as I looked at the sorry finished product of two fruit barren lunchboxes.

Thank goodness for a single pot of chopped peaches I found stashed at the back of the pantry. I had a light bulb moment when I remembered it had been perched on top of the tinned peaches, but I hadn't seen it for a couple of weeks. So that was Pocket sorted. The Legend on the other hand proved a bit harder, but hidden in the muesli bar container I was delighted to find a single serve packet of dried apricots. Not ideal, in fact I wasn't even sure The Legend liked dried apricots, but I was saved from the scornful thoughts of which ever teacher was on lunch duty peering into my child's lunch box. At least I'd get points for trying on the list of parents who give their kids unhealthy lunches.

I suppose it could have been worse, and probably is worse in many households. Money aside, it must be hard for some people to provide their kids healthy lunch options when the parents themselves are not known for their healthy food choice.

Thank goodness for shopping day, I can adjust my healthy lunchbox halo again.

Go JO!
Posted by GoMummyJo

Comments (4)

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Pommiegotlost - 1:16 PM on Thu-28-Jun-2012  
i send 2 or 3 pieces of fruit everyday BUT at least one comes back, Veges are harder to get her to eat so i don't put those in so much, If i let the bloke pack the lunch it has all those packaged snacks and often they come back too because the poor kiddo couldn't open them.
If there is no fresh fruit in the house i send steamed mixed vege from the freezer.
I wouldn't worry too much, the kids probably welcomed the change from the norm, it makes the day more fun!
jopukeko - 2:46 PM on Tue-26-Jun-2012  
I always send my girls with a piece of fruit in their lunch box (if not 2). On the odd day I am caught short I will make sure there is dried or tinned fruit or a carrot. Thankfully because they are in homebased care the same carer seeing the lunchbox everyday and knows it is generally healthy.
MumBum - 9:29 AM on Tue-26-Jun-2012  
My big boy is a pain, he doesn't like fruit except for pears really... so even if I send an apple and orange for the sake of trying to encourage him to eat fruit at lunch, he brings it home with him!
Veges he eats just fine, but fruit not so much, unless its a pear, grapes or some sort of melon or berry!
SarahK - 9:11 AM on Tue-26-Jun-2012  
Im actually THAT mother most days. My girls never eat fruit when they are given it to take to school. It's not cool apparently. I either find it squashed at the bottom of their school bags, or hidden in the rubbish bin, under the bed or just left on their desks. It's a huge waste, so I don't bother. They happily eat it at home for afternoon tea or after dinner snack, so that's when they get their fruit intake.

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