A couple of friends posted on Facebook last week about the cool things they do for their kids’ lunches, then they asked their friends to comment about the little things they do to make their kids’ school lunches more fun. Those are a bunch of nice moms. Here are some examples of what nice moms do:
Nice moms put fun napkins in their kids’ lunches.
Nice moms leave little notes in their kids’ lunches.
Nice moms draw smiley faces or put stickers on the baggies, or confetti in the baggies.
Some nice moms even decorate their kids’ sandwiches with those frosting marker things.
What do I do?
I force my kids to take a fruit or veggie, then threaten them with bad things if they don’t eat it. Bad things like, “If you bring home that apple, I’ll put it in your lunch box again tomorrow. And the next day, and the next day until you eat the stupid thing.” Amazingly enough, they haven’t figured out yet that they can throw away the offending food item and lie to me about it. I know this because they bring home the apple, a bit more bruised, or the peeled orange in the baggie, now marinating in the juice from a squished section, or the banana, battered, smooshed, and somewhat blackened from the football-shaped ice pack that gave it a beating during math when nobody was looking, because it’s a piece of stupid fruit. Nobody in 4th grade likes fruit, you wussy banana moron.
Do I feel guilty about not being a nice mom? Well, I didn’t until I read those posts on Facebook.
Think there’s a way I can write “eat the freaking carrots” on their sandwich and be nice about it?