This past weekend I had the fun of participating in a Women’s Retreat with some close friends. It was relaxing, refreshing and revealing, with the best part being the realization that as mothers, we all share in each other’s stumbles, missteps and stresses. Stories and laughs were shared as we realized that we all are imperfect and can support one another through our transparency.
In the spirit of this retreat, I share how R’s first week of eating lunch at school went:
Day 1: “I want taco roll-ups for lunch, mom!”
The night before Day 1 I realized that, despite being on a morning television show the week prior, outlining tips for school lunch success such as, “plan ahead of time to avoid last minute late night trips to the grocery store” and “make sure your child can open every container you use for packing his or her lunch,” I failed to do both. Nice. I improvised with the taco roll-ups (I was missing his favorite part, olives, which I could have bet money were in the pantry…) and grabbed a container that I was pretty positive he could open.
R returned home from school having eaten very little of his lunch, and exclaimed “I couldn’t open that one container mom!” He had seen me on television sharing this tip, so he looked at me sideways, as if to say, “what’s the deal? Didn’t you take your own advice?”
Day 2: “I want the rest of my taco roll-ups for lunch, mom!”
R insisted that if I put the taco roll-ups in a container he could actually open without assistance he would eat his lunch. Guess what? He did! Imagine that? Following my own advice actually turned out to be a good idea. I’ll remember to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.
Day 3: “I want more taco roll-ups for lunch again, mom!”
I wanted to give R a new option, but he insisted he wanted taco roll-ups again. I told him he may be tired of them for the third day in a row, and it turns out, this time I was right. He came home having hardly touched his lunch. He had only eaten his kiwi and a few crackers…and get this: he was cranky! Imagine that, going from breakfast until 3pm with next to nothing in his belly and he was cranky.
Day 4: “Okay, I am ready for a new option for lunch today mom.”
We broke out the Thermos Funtainer and I sent R to school with a warm tortellini, edamame and broccoli salad with some parmesan shavings and he ate almost a full container worth. So I am thinking we may get our money’s worth with the Funtainer this year.
All in all, a few lessons learned (me: follow your own advice! Ryan: eat your lunch to avoid crankiness) and a decent start to a new school year.