My little service announcement last week generated much relief. More relief than discussion, really, which was nice … I heard a collective sigh from mums all over Australia.
It was nice, and quite possibly the cause of an offshore cyclone somewhere such was the velocity of the aforementioned sigh.
Not long after that post, on my personal Facebook profile, I did as I promised, and posted a picture of one of the components of one of my three children’s school lunches.
I did go a little bit fancy for the occasion; it was for my eldest and it was his first day of high school.
I referred to this creation then, and still do, as “A ham sandwich cut into two triangley halves” and presented it pretty much like this:
Normally, there wouldn’t be anything quite so fancy as “ham” and we’d usually stick with a variety of spread that include Vegemite, … and, nope, that’s about it.
Those privy to this image/school lunch asked a number of questions, which I will answer in due course (possibly in a blog post on this very blog in the near future). Indeed, I, as founder of Real Mums, would like to provide you with a number of informative posts and other resources pertaining to The School Lunch.
Before I do though, I need to know what you would like.
Before I ask you what you’d like – and before you tell me – there are a few things you probably need to know about me and where I am coming from with this.
Firstly, my family like to refer to me as The Food Police.
Rest assured, this is utter nonsense!
I am more along the lines of a Food Nazi.
No, just joking. I’m not really.
I do, however, walk a very fine line between the creating of school lunches as viewed in vast numbers on Pinterest, Facebook and various other parenting websites, blogs and communities that proclaim “easy” school lunches (but are only easy if you live in opposite land) and tossing a handful of packets into a lunchbox.
I am slightly more anal than “the average” about the nutritional side of school lunches, but in my defence, I also have plenty of years of work in the health and fitness industry, specialising on the issue of obesity, and a degree that included numerous subjects relating to nutrition as it relates to wellbeing (physical, psychological and emotional) … i.e. I have a little more knowledge on the top than “the average”.
(And I don’t say that to say “I’m better than you”. Not at all, it is merely an explain my slight obsession and slightly above average analness with nutrition, and to reassure you that I do have a bit of an idea about the nutritional side of school lunches.)
I also understand the realities of Life with a Family, the Mother Guilt that can lead to feelings from mild grumpiness through to wrist slitting and debilitating depression.
Mostly, I am a selfish cow and just want to make my life as easy as possible!
Thus, I have made my life easy, and also reduced my expense, waste and time spent on things that, at the end of the day – quite literally – turn to shit.
(As my dad always used to say “It doesn’t matter what it looks like! It all comes out the same a day later!” He had some very wise moments, that man!)
So … I wish to share with you some of this wisdom, and the things I have learnt over the last dozen years or so.
Therefore, tell me, when it comes to school lunches, what do you want? I can offer you:
- a series of randomly spaced blog posts that cover all aspects of school lunches, from main lunch and snacks, to preparation techniques and even some nutritional info as well
- a downloadable “Real Easy School Lunches” ideas sheet; a page or two long
- a short e-book or download of sorts, that consist of all the above
- a longer e-book/download of sorts that contains all of the above in a lot more detail
I will also throw in, for free, some very special Mad Cow Tips in those bottom two options, and possibly the top option. Maybe.
I can answer your questions as they come in, if you’d like that.
All I ask is that you don’t say “I want this” then have a screaming tantrum because you really want something else, a la I Want The Green Bowl.
Tell me … and so it shall be.
Right now, I’m hankering for a ham sandwich, so I will leave you with that.
In anticipation of this delightful project, however, I have created a “logo” of sorts; as half arsed as the lunches my kids get, yet strangely appealing, no?
I have also created a Pinterest account/board/thingy for the occasion … join me if you so desire http://pinterest.com/realmums/
(Not that I really have any clue as to what I’m doing …)