One of the "mean mom" things I do to my kids is make them bring lunch from home nearly every day for school. I've come to the conclusion that I can pack them a healthier lunch for less money. Of course I get the cold shoulder on Pizza Day (our lunch "chef" - yes she really is one - is famous for her pizza).
Basically they get to take either dinner leftovers (we have a microwave in the cafeteria for students to use at lunch time), or a sandwich, and then I have a variety of healthy sides for them to choose from. Apples, oranges, cheese, almonds, dried fuit, etc. I don't buy chips and cookies and such for them to take.
Even though they grumble, I have always taken pride in the fact that although I am not a health-food Nazi, my kids are having a healthy lunch every day at school.
The other day Pixie was whining about being hungry, and it wasn't dinner time yet. I told her to have a small snack to tide her over. She said, "but we don't have anything good!", to which I replied, "Have some almonds!"
She shot back, "I HATE almonds!" Then it was my turn, "then why in the world do you take almonds for lunch every single day??"
Her response: "Jill loves almonds, but she hates chocolate. So I trade her every day for her Oreos."
I thought she was learning healthy eating habits, but I guess she was perfecting her knowledge of the bartering system.
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