Saturday, January 8, 2011

Pancake Lunch

First day back to school was waffle day
 (for those who remembered to get their order in on time)
And I thought as a special treat,
I'd send one of Lily's favorite foods...

I did have a moment of panic after I sent her to school all dressed up,
that she'd probably come home covered in syrup,
but my fears were unfounded that day, thank goodness!

As it turns out, no one else ordered waffles either,
so Lils was the only one eating breakfast food for lunch,
but she didn't mind...
Pancakes ARE her favorite after all :)
She ate them all up!

In This Lunch:
Pancakes (made from boxed mix)
Green grapes
Aunt Jemima maple syrup

You'll notice that the recess is not marked...

Lily and I had a big sit-down discussion 
about her lunch the night before.

She'd like to have her recess in with her lunch like all the other kids.
It can be in a separate container,
but it doesn't have to be.

She also expressed that she doesn't like having
super decorative lunches.
She's really self conscious of what other people think these days,
and the negative feedback on my creative efforts 
from some of the adults in our lives, 
has made her a little embarrassed.

We talked a lot about how 
you can't live your life trying to impress others, 
and how if you love doing something, 
(any hobby, like ballet, drawing, singing, or making fun lunches)
you shouldn't have to be embarrassed about it.
That everyone has different interests, 
and that's part of what makes the world so interesting!

So after giving her a boost in self esteem, 
I spoke to the negative nellies!

Other bento/creative lunch mommas:
Do you also experience flack for your healthy/fun lunch quest/hobby?

I don't understand the negativity, I really don't!
I don't believe I'm breeding a spoiled brat.
I believe I'm teaching a child to be creative,
and encouraging healthy eating habits.

What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. I think it's sad when parents and kids get negativity over lunches. No one has ever been rude to my son about his lunch, his friends all love to see what he has. And in general I get positive comments too. Only on rare occasion have I gotten a snide remark about how they don't have time to do that sort of thing, as if I sit around with bon bons and bento :P

    I figure, as long as you're both happy with the lunch then it isn't anyone elses business!

    Also, great looking pancakes! Yum :D Kidlet loves pancake bento too!!


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