When I was a kid, I remember my mom packing my lunch with love notes and sandwiches. There was
always a Little Debbie snack cake du jour and a juice box. I remember the occasional swap and
how some kids were allowed to pack, get this, chocolate milk in their lunches! No matter how much
I begged that was not allowed in my lunch. I would inevitably get food poisoning by leaving milk out
that long even, with my trusty ice pack in my lunch box.
With this being E's first time packing a lunch I couldn't wait to write a little love note, using the few
words he can read mind you, and use all of my new pinterest inspired cute ideas! I knew from
previous years at daycare that peanut butter and nuts were of course frowned upon, but I had no idea
what was in store for me. Taking a glance at the Kindergarten Handbook I noticed the following:
Only water is an acceptable beverage
No flavored water
No gummy treats
No sugary snacks
"An acceptable snack would be popcorn or pretzels."
Ok, I can understand that they want the kids to eat healthy. But according to the list I can't bring a
homemade cookie but I can pack a bag of peanuts? Shouldn't that be somewhere on the list? With all
of the major peanut issues today, if you're going to take the time to specify flavored water one would
assume you'd add nuts to the list. E is a rather picky eater and could stand to shed a few tummy
pounds so all in all this won't be the worst thing to happen to us. Especially with going back and
forth between two houses. We'll know that no matter where he is he's being packed a healthy lunch.
Now 97% of his lunches this summer while he was with us were healthy but of course all kids like the
occasional snack! So as John laughed at me I cut his turkey sandwiches into heart shapes and sent
him with a banana, pretzels and a water. At least we have a cute lunchbox and sandwich holder to
liven things up a bit. Are you facing any restrictions with lunches this year?