In just a few short weeks my daughter will put on some new clothes and new shoes, she’s going to hoist a new backpack filled with fun school supplies on her little back, and she’s going to head off to Kindergarten for the first time.
Most parents agonize about the first day of “real” school. They worry about the teachers, the other kids, the school work, and everything else that might happen at school. I’m worried about something else entirely.
Packing her lunch.
Back when she was a 3-year-old in preschool I had to pack her lunch every day and I hated it. I never knew what to put in. She’s not a fan of sandwiches, won’t eat most typical lunch box foods and to make matters worse the school was religious and followed strict dietary rules as well as all the usual allergy prevention guidelines. It was challenging to say the least and it’s not impossible that she ate the exact same thing every day.
I’d love to vary things up a bit more this year. It’s not that she doesn’t still love edamame, yogurt, and cheese, but I think she might get bored faster now than she did as a toddler. Luckily the schools food policies are a bit more relaxed so I should be able to switch things up a bit. I just hope that if I get stuck in a lunchbox packing rut again she’ll forgive me. Maybe a cute note each day will help distract her.