Having three kids keeps you busy. Very busy. There’s always laundry, homework, showers, cleaning up toys and rooms. And, then you of course have the other daily / weekly routines such as sports, friends and shopping.
It never was an easy adventure to be a parent, but it is amazing how much we can accomplish while sleep deprived. Whoever said having kids wouldn’t change you was completely disillusioned and I doubt he ever participated in the awesome responsibilities.
That brings me to my next topic – school lunches.
I bloody hate seeing all the these ridiculously perfect families on social media, who have oodles of time, and patience, to create the perfect lunch boxes. Seriously, who have time to prepare mini sushi look-alike lunches, design cuddly sandwiches shaped like cute lions, serve small fried dish consistent of slightly fried vegetables, neatly sliced, mixed with fresh caught salmon. Are you bloody serious!
Instagram, Facebook and other social networks are devil’s spawn. How on earth can people find time to have these awesome creations? I wish I could make my kids’ school lunches that fantastic, but I rarely find time to make my own.
My wife and I work 8.30 – 17.30 jobs. We have to do the daily chores, play with our kids, do homework, and prepare the various meals. There’s little or no energy left to spend designing next day’s lunch menu. Kids will get the usual suspects; left-over food, peanut-butter jam, ham-cheese, chicken-cheese tortilla or other combinations.
We refuse to give them money for school lunches, as those are not healthy at all. At least our lunches have fresh vegetables, meats, cheeses, and their snacks normally consist carrots, tomatoes, or pretzels.
That said, in recent weeks we have really made an effort making the school lunches more appealing. It is important for the kids to open their lunch boxes, without fears of being laughed at or accused of eating items that looks like they are from another planet.
I found our Lego baking shape and made a few awesome Lego shaped muffins. And I must admit, and kids were not bribed, but they loved them. It was probably the shapes, but I also hope they tasted nice.
These suckers were created out of normal parenting hours, after 10 pm, which is normally the time we start drooling on the sofa. Actually, that happens around 9.13pm.
It’s tough being a parent, but I would not change it for anything in the World!
We parents do need to demand better school lunches on all schools. It is not right that kids get pizza, fries, ice cream, sodas, chips etc. This only encourages shitty food and increases the risk of childhood obesity. Demand better food in schools!