It’s June – the school year is winding down, and with 5 kids, I’m lucky if I remember my own name some days let alone have 20 minutes per kid to spend making Pinterest-worthy lunches for the kids. You know the ones that are perfectly styled and have the sandwiches cut into cute little shapes and the grapes (cut in half of course) arranged into flowers or some other fun design. I try to send my kids with nutritious and healthy options for lunches and snacks but I am drawing the line in the sand at artistically arranging them.
That’s not to say nobody should arrange their kids’ lunches if they want to and have the time to do so. If you actually enjoy that sort of thing – go for it. Personally, I know that if I were to spend that time artfully arranging my kids’ snacks into pictures a) the toddler and baby would have destroyed the house while I was making pretty suns out of raisins and b) my kids wouldn’t even notice or would tip their lunch box upside down before opening it so the design would be ruined anyway. I mean these little hardboiled egg and tomato houses with feta cheese “snow” are adorable but there’s 0% chance they’d arrive intact and the kids would only ever eat part of it anyway so why stress out over it?
There’s also a pretty good chance my attempts at recreating a design I saw on Pinterest would end up looking nothing like the original and with my luck one of the kids would see something rude in the design and I wouldn’t be able to show my face at school again (Okay that may not be such a downside). Seriously, if I could outsource lunches for my kids that were inexpensive, healthy, and things my children will actually eat – I’d do it in a heartbeat. If I left it up to the kids to make their lunches unsupervised for a week, they’d go through all of the “treats” on the first day and then complain there was “nothing” to eat the rest of the week. I’d spend more time fighting with them over the fact that there actually *is* food in the house and breaking up fights over the last grape juice box than if I just made them myself or supervised their choices.
For the parents that have the time and inclination, I totally salute you. My kids, however, are just going to have to deal with the fact that their mom is not artistically inclined when it comes to school lunches. Also, it’s June and they barely get anything edible now as it is.
How do you feel about Pinterest-worthy, artistically created lunches?