Sometimes you just have to let your kids do what they want to do. I often find that when I do that, I am sometimes surprised by Ria’s choices but mostly I am amused. The kiddo is often delighted and feels like she has some “control” over her existence. I learned this from my mother, probably from when I was little and how she sometimes changed things around. I cherish the times I was allowed to “break the rules” – stay up till midnight, eat in bed, have juice (out of a juice box), skip my morning glass of milk (I hated milk), go to bed without brushing my teeth, etc.
With that spirit of “let’s break the rules”, I let Ria pack her own lunch and this is what she came up with. Banana bread (at least it was home-made) with chocolate chips, a baked hash brown, string cheese (yuck!) and baked cheese crunchies (33% less fat than regular cheese crunchies but just as bad for you). The last time she had cheese crunchies was months ago when her grandparents were watching her and took her to Trader Joe’s and let her buy this junky treat which has been hanging out in our pantry since. It is amazing that she remembered these crunchies were in the pantry. Ria seems to have what is in the pantry, and where it is, memorized and cataloged (and it is a messy pantry overflowing with food and appliances). Sometimes I will say, “Oh we are running out of X, I need to buy some” and she will quickly retort back, “But Mummy, we have X, it is on the top shelf in the pantry – let me show you!” And lo and behold, X will be sitting behind the rice-cooker in the pantry. If she only applied her brainpower to learning her letters and numbers. 🙂
This is what the dream lunch box looks like for my child. Do this experiment with your little one and let us know what they packed in their lunch…..