"The school is supposed to give the kids a healthy lunch. So what that
there's fact and sugar or chemicals. It's food. We're a working
class family that can't afford to fix a good lunch for the two dollars I give
the kids for school lunch. The kids wouldn't eat fruits and veggies anyway. When am I supposed to make these lunches? I work. Besides that it's not my responsibility to go out of my way to make lunches that the school must give by law."
OK. I have a huge problem with this. Here's my response:
Here's a newsflash - we're a "working class family", too. Have you
even read the guidelines for what constitutes a healthy lunch in this
country? It's laughable. I'm stunned by your indifference to the
foods your children are eating. I'm not Kieran (Note: Kieran is the groups
resident vegan-organic champion). But, you don't have to be radical or on
the edges of the spectrum to find middle ground alternatives. And,
how do you figure that your children's diet isn't your responsibility? If
your answer is that you don't have to worry because "it's the school's job",
then I'm going to have to ask why you don't just let the school raise your kids?
Jennifer, you made this huge stink (before Christmas) that there weren't more
Christmas songs in the winter concert. You staged a protest when you found
out the school was teaching evolution. You spent at least four days and
sixteen phone calls telling the school that you "were the parent", but....now
you're arguing that lunch isn't your problem? You're a hypocrite!
Check out my blog (Possummomma.blogspot.com) to see a lunch that can be
made for less than $2. - Possummomma"
(The other forum doesn't allow pictures.)
So, here you go, Jennifer! I make three lunches. It takes me about fifteen minutes. I make them at 11:00pm.
This is Lexi's lunch (without her sandwich). This is just one of our options for her, but...this includes: six cherry tomatos and fresh snow peas, pre-packaged bag of baby carrots, freeze dried apples, a manderine orange, and a peanut butter sandwich on sour dough. Total cost: $2.13
Jake's lunch is; a homemade, honey-wheat pita with leftover turkey, blueberries, a mandarine orange, carrots, and bell pepper strips that I hadn't washed before I took the pics. Total cost: $1.84
Grace takes; a peanut butter sandwich, carrots, blueberries, a banana, and a cheese stick.
Total cost: $1.92
Fifteen minutes and less than six dollars to make tasty, nutritious meals that I can guarantee you my kids will eat. I think it's worth the extra two minutes to tailor the lunch to their individual needs/preferences. And, it's damn sure worth the other thirteen minutes to provide them with food that isn't over-processed and full of empty calories. These are your kids for fark's sake! You brag about spending a half-hour each night reading your devotionals. Sorry to be the wicked bitch of the west, but... do you not think your kids would be better served by using that time to prepare a healthy lunch? What, exactly, do your kids get from the devotionals? Oh'! One more thing: don't pull the "I'm a working mother card." I know quite a few working mothers who are interested in what their children eat. Your work status also has nothing to do with the fact that your kids won't eat fruits or veggies. You said, in the forum chat, that you "just didn't have time or money to expose them" and "didn't want the battle". Kids WILL have their likes and dislikes, but...don't blame your kids for not liking veggies and fruit if you never give it to them.