A mum who shared a photo of her child’s school lunchbox containing pre-bought snacks and no vegetables has urged other parents to stop attempting to “outdo” one another.
The picture shared on social media shows her 10-year-old’s lunchbox which includes a ham and cheese pitta, an apple, biscuits, and a packet of crisps.
She said she simply packs the things she knows her daughter will eat, and advised other parents not to judge or compete for the healthiest and most elaborate lunchboxes.
The mum wrote: “No there are no veggies, yes there’s only 1 piece of fruit, yes I’ve wrapped the ham and cheese pocket in cling wrap, yes there’s a prepackaged snack and some biscuits that aren’t homemade.
“But will it get eaten? Yes! Is Miss 10 happy? Absolutely!
“People need to stop trying to outdo one another with whose lunchbox is the best or healthiest.
“I always say that a fed kid is a happy kid and unfortunately there are kids out there who don’t get lunch because their parents don’t care enough to feed them.
“Expectations are too high and will more than likely lead to a feeling of defeat. Let’s be kind to one another and less judgemental I say.
“I love seeing all of the different lunches as it gives me ideas on what to try for my girl. But at the end of the day if she’s realistically not going to eat it, it just becomes wasteful.”
Her post to the Facebook group Lunchbox Ideas Australia racked up hundreds of likes from other parents, who felt similar pressure when it came to making their children’s lunches, as reported by The Sun.
One commented: “Omg finally a normal mum”, as a second added: “Now this is a realistic lunchbox. Thank you!!”
A third wrote: “Definitely! People need to stop judging. As long as their diets are generally well balanced.”
And another joked: “Really? your child won’t eat salmon wrapped low Gi brocolini spears dipped in no fat hummus with a side of air fried mung beans in a beetroot juice??? Thanks for keeping it real.”