I don’t know about those of you with kids in school, but I do packed lunches in the summer term for mine and school dinners the rest of the year as it ensures some heat in their tummies in the middle of the day.
It’s a bit of a battle because seemingly packed lunches are more fun but nevertheless I dig my heels in and tell my children they need to have school dinners so that they can eat their vegetables.
So, this is what happened today, pretty similar to most after-school conversations (seriously, my 5-year-old daughter has no moral conscience!!). I picked her up from school today and this is how it went (keep in the back of your mind that from day one of weaning, she has kept her mouth clamped shut and is the fussiest eater ever!!)…
Me: “What did you eat for lunch at school today sweetheart”
Ophelia: “Vegetables Mummy”
Me thinking: Hmmm
Me: “Really Beely, what did you eat today at lunch?”
Ophelia: “Pasta, which wasn’t very nice but I ate it all up anyway”
Me thinking: Not likely!!
Me: “Come on Sweetheart, what did you eat please? It helps me decide what to make for supper”
Me thinking: Not in a million years!!!
Me: “And you ate all the mushrooms?”
Ophelia waltzing off to play: “Don’t be silly Mummy!”
… she does it all with a TOTALLY straight face - butter wouldn’t melt… certainly not on her veg anyway!!! How am I going to cope with her as a teenager?!?!?!?!