I have to thank my son for this post. As I sat with my cup of coffee and my banana bread, I combed the web for an inspiring topic to write. Yes, this is what I do when a burning topic isn’t flowing from my fingers.
But My Little Man saved the day.
As you know, last week was the start of school, and I wrote about its importance and magnitude (beyond packing lunches and buying new school supplies).
School. Is. So. Much. More.
My Little Man had a black lunch box last year–one that I hated. It was made of thin material, and because of this, it would collapse around the contents. He always complained about his smushy sandwich. I know, I know–I could’ve bought a new one, or a sandwich container that would correct the problem. But truth be told, I’m a Mid-Western girl at heart, and I stick things out–at the very least to glean the value of the dollar spent.
And so we did.
Last week, I pulled out the black lunchbox and remembered how much my son and I both hated it. So I consulted my favorite backpack/lunchbox company and ordered up a sturdy lime green lunchbox.
And here’s how the conversation went this morning:
Me: “I packed your lunch in your new lime green lunchbox.”
Him: “Lime green?!”
Me: “Yes, I thought you liked lime green.”
Him: “Not on a lunchbox, Mom.”
Me: “Oh. It’s a really great lunchbox. Your sandwiches won’t get smashed anymore.”
Him: “Lime green? Boys carry black or blue–not lime green. Girls carry lime green. I’ll get smashed, Mom. They’ll make fun of me.”
Me: “OK. Go get the black one…”
You see, this whole school thing is not that simple. Packing a wholesome, nutritious lunch is only part of the deal. Paying attention to the developmental innuendos and the peer dynamics is something that is just as important.
Check out my Independent Lunch Packing Guide to help your child move along to packing a healthy lunch, all by himself!
As for the black lunchbox? I know that I will get smashed if I have to keep packing lunches in that flimsy thing. So, Im off to get a red one.
Yes, red. Requested, negotiated and approved my me and My Little Man. Something I should’ve done the first go-round.
Do you have minor troubles with your child’s lunchbox?
Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: September 5, 2012
Updated on: August 14, 2019