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Pinterest + lunch ideas= mom fail
Old 08-22-2013, 01:39 PM
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Seriously, people cut fruit, cheese and sandwiches all in the shape of flowers for kids lunch boxes?? A tortilla in the shape of Africa? Mine have 3 choices, whole, rectangles or triangles. If I'm extra generous they get squares!

And this is why I avoid Pinterest like the plague. Makes me feel so inadequate!

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Old 08-22-2013, 01:42 PM
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Makes me feel so inadequate!
Don't feel that way... think of the parents who overcompensate with cheese flowers because they aren't active in their child/children's life/lives. I bet you go with your three choices so you have time to do other stuff together. No worries! This is what I tell myself about the total "Pinterest explosion" classrooms as well. Not a judgment, just saying that each person chooses how to spend time and energy.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:50 PM
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Mine have 3 choices, whole, rectangles or triangles. If I'm extra generous they get squares!
I think that's pretty generous! I didn't have time for all that fancy stuff! My DD did not eat sandwiches and my DS was cool with a simple plain cut sandwich!
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:16 PM
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My mom never even cut my sandwiches.
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:53 PM
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My mom never even cut my sandwiches.
Wow! You had to eat like a savage.


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Old 08-22-2013, 02:54 PM
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If I cut out his full name my 11 year old wouldn't eat it regardless
Ultimate picky eater.
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:58 PM
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Makes me feel so inadequate!
Really? It makes me feel superior...that I have a full and active life that limits the time I have for such silliness. And like I'm a much better parent, because I'm raising kids who'll have a realistic and unentitled view of food.

Not only have I never cut sandwiches into shapes, I leave the bread crusts on. My kids never even knew or thought about people cutting the crusts off until they went to school. They thought that was hysterical
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:42 PM
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I am packing my first grader' lunch for the first time this year. She does not eat the school lunches and I wasted 2.50 a day last year for the whole school year. That's around $420 last year. I figured packing had to be cheaper. Anyway I went to Pinterest for ideas ( another parent referred me) and boy oh boy, I felt inadequate too! Who in the Ham sandwich has time for that anyway.
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Old 08-22-2013, 04:05 PM
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I just wish my mom had packed me a Hello Kitty themed bento box with my sandwich cut like a cat complete with eyes...I feel that her choice to not provide lunches like this has really impacted my life...must go contact Dr. Phil
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:07 PM
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Ok, I have a confession to make - sometimes, just sometimes, I cut the sandwiches out with little cookie cutters. Not often, but every now and then. Totally couldn't keep up with pintrest though.


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Old 08-22-2013, 07:49 PM
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My mom said, "You get a free lunch, why would I let you bring one?"

On the rare occasion that she relented and let me actually bring a lunch, I had to make it myself. Sandwich (pb & j or bologna and cheese), apple or banana, two cookies, $.15 for milk.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:21 AM
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Talk about inadequate....I make my kids make their own lunch!! My oldest, who is a Sr has been making her own since third grade. Of course I help sometimes, and I buy the things at the grocery store that she likes and that are easy to make.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:28 AM
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Talk about inadequate....I make my kids make their own lunch!! My oldest, who is a Sr has been making her own since third grade. Of course I help sometimes, and I buy the things at the grocery store that she likes and that are easy to make.
Same here. I was raised by a single, working mother. I made my own breakfast and lunch from Kindergarten on. My kids started making their own around 3rd or 4th grade. They like to do it. They're more likely to eat what they pack themselves.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:34 AM
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When my oldest was young, she was a picky eater. She ate sandwiches better when I cut them into shapes. Cookie cutter, and voila. Didn't take any time at all. If I didn't cut them, she ate much less. I didn't do it daily, but I did on occasion. I hate to think the other moms would have disliked me for it.

However, she did start packing her own lunch sometime in first or second grade. Wonder if I still have that Little Foot and Three Horn cookie cutter?
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:34 AM
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I started making my own lunches around 2nd grade... it's called teaching your child independence! I concern myself more with my children having enough to eat than making it healthy. My daughter is extremely picky and won't eat the crusts (and several other things). I won't even cut them off for her, she has to do it herself. Maybe I'm a little mean, but I tell her if she wants to waste food, I'm not the one that's going to do it for her.
One thing that's not on Pinterest that I would LOVE to see, is what those beautiful lunches look like by lunch time... after they've been shuffled around in backpacks and classrooms for the morning. That would make my day!
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:14 PM
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Yeah!! BTW, I have cookie cutter-ed a few of my own sandwiches...I'm not talking about that. It's tiny pieces of cheese and watermelon, w/small bread pieces. CRAZY long time to do...or so it seems! I fault no one for being that creative with lunch. I would be exhausted (even more so!) if I had to add that to my list of stuff to do...more power to anyone who likes to!

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Old 08-23-2013, 12:29 PM
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I have cut my sons' sandwiches with cookie cutters but not often. They make their own lunches. If I cut triangles they want rectangles and vise versa. When they make their own lunch it makes them responsible and they have to get up on time or eat a school lunch which equals go hungry with my boys. I check to make sure they have a balanced selection but they make it themselves.
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:16 PM
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Talk about inadequate....I make my kids make their own lunch!! My oldest, who is a Sr has been making her own since third grade.
Me too- my kids have been doing that since Kinder actually. Some help from me then, but ast they got a bit older, they were on their own!
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