THE SHORT VERSION
You are busy enough aren’t you? So here’s the short of it – grab a copy of this table and get your child to pick from 1, 2 & 3 and please (for your sake) make them make their own lunch
NOTE: Because of allergies most school policy is NOT to bring anything with peanuts in – so exclude peanut butter from above
THE LONG VERSION
You are busy enough aren’t you?
And now you are expected to make packed lunches because the kids are going back to school.
I am now a very wise woman on the last year of school lunch making as my 5th & 6th child enter their Leaving Cert year. So listen to me. Learn from my mistakes.
Make your kid make their own lunch. It is amazing what a child is capable of given the tools and the opportunity
Besides saving you time there is actually a better chance that they will eat it because child A knows that they don’t like apples and child B knows that they only like green grapes and by the time you’ve gotten to child Z you will have mixed up all the lunch boxes anyway.
I’m going to give you something – here’s a link to the school lunches 1,2,3 table I devised a few years back – print it out laminate it or just have it on your phone – get your child to make their choices themselves – perhaps even help out in shopping for what they want as well.
(Here’s another link if you would like to read the definitive guide to school lunches)
No.1 = RED rows – Choose from the top row in Red, pick a Protein, a Plus 1 & Dress it up
No.2 = GREEN – Pick 1
No.3 = PURPLE – Pick 1
Want to read even more?
I’ve been in your shoes – several times and I’ve written about it before too. So if you want even more ideas and to check out what I learned over the years follow the links below to check out these three posts.