The school year is upon us, today is AJ’s first day of school. This year is a big one for us, the Babe is beginning to go to preschool and AJ is starting kindergarten. Like every other parent who has gone through this and will go through it in the future, life is just happening too fast. The kids are so excited to start at their respective schools, meet new friends and teachers, play and learn all day long. But you know what I am most excited about, school lunch. Yep, I have thoroughly enjoyed shopping for all of the fun food to pack in the kids lunches, letting AJ pick out what he would like to eat and planning on what to fill their little bellies so that they will be at their very best for the school day. Hopefully the task will still be as appealing a couple of months into the school year, because we are at the beginning of this game. It is a fun challenge to figure out that fine balance between what they will definitely eat and what is yummy and good for them. The plan is to utilize some prepackaged “kid” food along with fresher foods and beverages, cover most if not all of the food groups and make sure they are getting enough protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. So today when I let AJ choose what he wanted in his very first kindergarten lunch, he more than eagerly started rattling off a list of his favorites to but in his brand new shiny lunch box (there is NO question whose child he is). He selected whole wheat crackers, natural peanut butter to dip them in, two Baby Bell mozzarella cheese rounds, two clementines, water and a juice box. There is just something so appealing to kids about miniature foods that seem to be just their size. We talked about washing our hands before we eat, his ability to open any of the packages on his own (and in retrospect, we should of discussed not sharing- in case of allergies). All in all, I think he is more than prepared for a successful first big kid lunch in a real school cafeteria.
Let’s just hope he eats it.