So we are back at school again and Emmy has already asked twice if she can change to home packed lunches and as always I’ve said NO.
The reason she wants to change is because a few of her friends have home packed lunches.
I know she wants to copy her friends and I feel a little sorry for her but no I won’t make her a packed lunch when she can have a cooked dinner at school for free.
Well that’s backfired on me and she rarely tries anything new, even though the menu is actually very varied and exciting. If she doesn’t know what it is or it looks new she won’t try.
Her default is to go for Jacket Potato with cheese and Beans every single day.
I know a couple of her friends do this too, it’s the easy option – they know it’s something they like.
They are told by their parents to choose something different and not have this everyday, and that’s absolutely fine.
I on the otherhand have told Emmy and the teachers if she wants it everyday to let her have it.
I don’t think it’s a bad option. It’s a hot meal, it’s something she likes and will eat all of so I don’t have to worry she will be hungry while at school.
I also see it as being no different to having the same sandwich every single day, which is what would happen if she has home packed lunch as she only like cheese or marmite, therefore there would be little variation anyway.
OK I could add other things into her lunchbox to change it but with all the lunchbox police rules
on what they are allowed it doesn’t leave much room for movement anyway.
Yesterday I saw something posted onto Facebook which proved this point to the extreme. Posted onto Mumsnet was a list of lunchboxes rules which one parent had recieved, this is the most extreme cases I’ve ever seen and I would definitely struggle with what I could put in with my fussy eater. You can read the post here.
I shared this onto my fb page and everyone agreed how ludicrous the rules were.
Yikes, What on earth are you supposed to put in lunch boxes then?
Posted by Emmysmummy (QuinnyCaster 2011) on Thursday, 16 April 2015
” We do not allow sweets, fruit winders/fruit school bars/dried fruit (sugar content is high), nuts, chocolate, crisps, biscuits, cakes (homemade or otherwise), no chocolate mousse/yogurts or pudding, no processed food (including such items as ham, cheese slices, cream cheese, corned beef, chicken roll, sandwich meats with added water), no fruit yogurts that have been previously frozen, NO FOOD item that’s been previously frozen, no tinned or frozen fruit, no chocolate spread or peanut butter. ”
What a very crazy list of foods and it got worse – “Food that is not suitable will be returned to parents in a clear bag with an explanation of why, if repeatedly providing incorrect items they will be charged £2 per item and your child will be excluded from the setting until charges have been paid”
It’s definitely made me stay firm with my decision that Emmy can stick with school dinners, even if she has Jacket Potato with Cheese and Beans everyday of her school life – at least she eats them and won’t be hungry.Thankfully this isn’t her School.
What are your thoughts on these rules?
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