Now that the school year is back in session parents everywhere can agree on one thing, packing school lunches is the worst! Sure, if you have older kids you can outsource that job to them, and cross your fingers that they’re actually packing something other than two granola bars, a pack of cookies and a bag of chips, but with younger kids it’s typically the parents struggling to pack something that resembles healthy and well balanced but that will also get eaten.
It’s the age-old struggle almost every parent experiences — what can you pack for lunch that will remain edible by the time your child gets to eat and that is just the right balance between appetizing enough that your child will actually want to eat it and healthy enough that you won’t be getting any lunch shaming notes home from the teacher. Bunmi Laditan, the popular author and blogger behind the viral social media personality the Honest Toddler shares her experiences with motherhood on her popular Facebook page. While Laditan’s posts often resonate with mothers who are feeling overwhelmed, her latest post on packing school lunches really hit the mark.
Laditan wrote that packing her 6-year-old’s lunch every day is already stressing her out, something that every parent in charge of packing school lunches can relate to. While Laditan admits to being far from the Pinterest mom who cuts fruit into fun little shapes for her child, she admits she does “keep it pretend healthy because I’m afraid of being judged by whoever supervises cafeteria lunchtime at my child’s school.” This is something so many parents can relate to.
She goes on to explain that it’s hard to send fruit to school that won’t bruise easily or become smushed in a lunch box, so she opts to send prepackaged applesauce's in her child’s lunch. ”I’m unwilling to slice apples and dip them in lemon juice so they won’t brown because ain’t nobody got time for that so I buy these applesauce cups. Perfectly portioned and like, a dollar for a four because very few people outside of pre-k enjoy them, they are perfect for moms who care just enough.”
Like so many other moms, Laditan reveals that although she packs the applesauce each day, each day it comes back, uneaten. So, she just sends it again the next day, fully expecting it to come back at the end of the day but still feeling better for having sent it. “The funny thing is, every single day of the school year so far I’ve packed this exact cup of applesauce and every single day it has come back uneaten. It’s like a game at this point,” she writes. “I know my kid won’t eat the thing but it sits in his lunchbox to make me feel like a Good Mom ™. It’s the Good Mom ™ Applesauce that exists only to keep my self-esteem from plummeting as I pack Goldfish crackers and tell myself they’re a calcium-rich complex carbohydrate and chocolate-covered granola bars and pretend those things aren’t straight up tot Snickers.”
“The fact that the Good Mom ™ Applesauce isn’t being consumed isn’t my problem. I purchased the Good Mom ™ Applesauce, I brought the Good Mom ™ Applesauce home, I put the Good Mom ™ Applesauce in the pantry, and I packed the Good Mom ™ Applesauce. What happens after that is none of my business,” she adds.
Many moms can relate because it’s a struggle that so many have faced. Parents can send a relatively healthy lunch to school for their child, but they can’t force them to eat it! "If you’re a person struggling with school lunches I suggest picking up some Good Mom ™ Applesauce. You won’t regret it," Laditan concluded her post.
Do you hate packing school lunches? Can you totally relate to the Good Mom ™ Applesauce?