Today marks the official end of the Real Mums 30 Day School Lunchbox Challenge for March.
It was so much fun, we may very well do it again. Soon. One day ….
Firstly a BIG thank you to those who made the effort to participate in one way or another, including those whom, for various reasons, were unable to see the Challenge through to it’s conclusion.
Those that did make it were awarded a Nude Food Mover’s pack, including a variety of Nude Food Moving products to house all your school lunchy bits and more, and some vouchers from Baker’s Delight to … I dunno, buy bread for lunches or a heap of hot cross buns to eat when the kids are at school or something … or they will be awarded this, as soon as I get around to sending them off 🙂
What I loved about this Challenge was that it was no real challenge at all – and although the lunches appeared, at a glance, identical from one day to the next, there were enough changes in each to be considered “variety”.
I still maintain that:
- kids don’t mind their lunches being relatively ‘the same’ each day, as it gives them a sense of comfort and they know what to expect
- kids don’t actually care about the food; they wanna eat and play – it’s not about fancy or how much time spent creating, it’s about quality and the provision of adequate energy to play after they scoff their lunch down
- they will eat what they are given, unless of course, they really loathe it. You will be surprised what they’ll eat when you’re not there to manipulate, however … just sayin’ 😉
Amongst all the fabulously easy, nutritious and adequate-energy giving foods the kids went to school with, including ‘leftovers that included brussels sprouts’ (LOVE this!) there was the odd “whoops, forgot to make my kids lunch this morning” inclusion (this *ahem* may or may not have been *ahem* yours truly).
All lunches were consumed, no whining, arguing or refusal to eat ensued and we were told:
This is the BEST 19 Day 30 Day Challenge EVER!”
Because you got weekends and public holidays off. We’re nice like that.
Thanks again to those who participated and if YOU need a little normal, stress free, guilt free, simple inspiration for your kids’ school lunches, check out the tags on various social media.
More specifically, I’d be looking at #realmums and #30DayLunch 😉
Let’s change the perception of what a ‘good’ mum gives her kids for school lunch, because it’s not what we’re being led to believe.