We spend our childhood wanting to be just like everyone else, then we grow to adulthood and want to be different and unique. 

This reality is hitting home as I struggle with my son and his lunches.  While we would like to be environmentally (and fiscally) responsible by using a lunchbox with a container that can be used over and over, my son wants nothing more than to have the little snack pack size of fruit and pretzels in his lunch.  I struggle against this because it costs more and creates so much waste.  I am thinking of buying these items as a treat to appease his need to fit in.

Today, though, his newest lunch demand actually made me laugh (which made him angry at me because I don’t understand that he HAS to be like everyone else).  Now he wants me to go to McDonald’s, buy his lunch there, and drop it off at school for him.  When I explained that I could not and would not do that, he compromised and said that Qdoba would be okay if I can’t get McDonald’s. 

Here is what he actually had in his lunch today:

-a peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwich
-ants on a log–celery sticks, peanut butter and raisins
-and corn chips

The sandwich and corn chips were a hit.  While he used to devour ants on a log as a toddler, he didn’t eat any of them today.

Do you struggle with getting your children to eat a healthy lunch?  I would love to hear any suggestions you may have.

For more creative lunch ideas, visit What’s For Lunch Wednesday.

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