We are now into week 3 of School and I’ve been in trouble with the teachers already – well three times actually but that’s another post.
Emmy does 3 afternoon’s at School and one full day. On the full day I have to send her in with a lunchbox.
Her first day of School was a full day, I sent her in with a lunchbox – trying my hardest to hit a good balance between Good Mummy for Emmy by adding her favourites and Good parent for the School’s benefit by adding a healthy mix of foods.
On her first day her lunchbox contained:
- A Cheese Sandwich with the crusts cut off
- A few Wotsits
- Yogurt and spoon
- A sports bottle of water
I thought that was a good balance, mostly healthy with an added treat.
So you can imagine how surprised I was to open her lunchbox to receive a letter from the lunchbox Police.
A carefully written letter addressed to all parents, so I guess I wasn’t alone telling me what I can and can’t add to her lunchbox.
The main things to be avoided were:
- Capri-Sun’s or similar drinks
- Squeezy yogurts
The one which has most surprised and annoyed me is:
- Only carton drinks with straws are allowed
Now this too me seems wrong on many levels:
- It creates unnecessary waste
- It’s impossible for me as a parent to judge how much is being drunk as the cartons get thrown away
- It’s far more expensive to buy cartons than to fill a reusable bottle with water or a little squash
I don’t actually ever buy carton drinks at home, it’s not that she isn’t allowed them but they are expensive and Emmy is more than happy with squash or diluted juice.
The only reason I can come up with for only allowing these types of drinks would be to stop leaking bottles.
I’ve conformed and have brought some only for her lunchboxes as I don’t want to make a fuss and cause trouble at her new school however it doesn’t mean I like it!