So … finally got around to purchasing the last of the stationery required for school this year. You know how school goes back for the kids this week?
When I say “last” of the stationery, I use the term loosely. I think I have it all, but I’m pretty sure there’s stuff I haven’t got yet, because every other year I ordered and paid for the four packs by 100 sheets of loose-leaf binder paper, it’s not been used.
So I didn’t get that stuff, although it’s on one of the lists a couple of times.
Also, if anyone knows where our 13 reams of lined, loose-leaf paper are, I’d really appreciate you letting me know. Inevitably, they have gone AWOL.
The biggest one is starting VCE (that’s year 11 for those of you who don’t know what VCE – Victorian Certificate of Education – is), so not having all the stuff on the booklist is fine, right?
I’ve got plenty of post-it notes I might let him use if he needs. Or not. Probably not.
Aside from stationery, though, kids going to school need stuff to eat.
Ideally, good, nutritious stuff that provides them with a range of vitamins and minerals, fibre (that’s a big one – there’s farting to be done in class), and all the other things needed for growing bodies, energy, and the ability to concentrate, problem solve, and just generally brain all round.
This food, or ‘school lunches’ as we’ll call it, because that’s what it is (although it does also include snacks for recess or ‘little lunch’) needs to be contained in something. Otherwise, it will most likely coat the innards of the school bag. And that’s not fun for anyone.
There are plenty of options, like cling wrap, brown paper bags, or just tossed into the school bag or stuffed into school dress/short pockets.
My preference, possibly due to my love of compartments, is a compartmentalised container, designed for the purpose of school lunches.
This is not usually a problem for the primary school children, but sooooo uncool for the teenagers / high schoolers.
Smash Enterprises have broadened their range of products – including the colours – and have quite a few that appeal more to the high school student market.
Plain black insulated coolers, nude food mover lunchboxes in black and green, camouflage water bottles …
Oh, and the coolers now come with antimicrobial linings which, according to the label on the lining, … inhibits the growth of uncontrolled bacteria, mound and mildew …
It’s still going to need tending to regularly, possibly more frequently than end of term, or that post-school holiday, first day back WHY DIDN’T YOU UNPACK YOUR BAG 8 WEEKS AGO WHEN I ASKED YOU TO?!
Also, I haven’t tested it with the four-week-old Food Tech creation – in my experience, it was pumpkin soup – so can’t tell you if it is up for that level of insulation and mould/mildew growth inhibiting.
They are, however, easy to wipe out, and don’t go manky part way through term one. So that’s nice.
Anyhoo, I kinda rambled a bit there, didn’t I? Sorry.
What I had intended to do was remind you that school lunch paraphernalia is something else you need for when your kids start back at school … or are just starting school (primary or secondary).
What you send their lunches in needn’t be a massive, brain-breaking saga that it appears to be. It’s simply:
- Get something relatively sturdy, and that is within your price range
- Something with compartments is good; less pieces to lose and it keeps the food separate
- Something that is easy to clean; a wipe down or a high-pressure hose out as required
- A way to keep food insulated; cold on the hot days, and hot on the cold days
- Something dank, Mum, sheesh, don’t you know anything?
I did have issues with Smash / Nude Food Movers not being up to the task at school, but they have seriously upped their game this year, and I’m impressed.
If you don’t have your school lunch mover things sorted yet, there’s still time. Most large supermarkets and associated department stores (Coles, Woolies, Kmart, Big W etc), Officeworks and the like stock them.
You can send your little ones to school knowing you have sent them along with lunchbox full of nourishment and love. And have one less thing to feel guilty about.
So that’s nice 🙂
(If you’re interested, there’s an awesome TED Talk on the need to feed kids well if you want them to learn well. It’s something I’m going to revisit on this blog in the coming months. Aren’t you lucky?)
Disclaimer: I wasn’t paid to write this post, in any way, shape, or form. Smash Enterprises did, however, send me a range of products to play with and test and see if they disgusted my children or embarrassed them beyond comprehension. They were received, by all three, well. They’ll even use them for taking their lunches to school. Yays!