Ask almost any kid and they'll tell you that lunch is the best part of the school day. Can you blame them? We all remember sitting down with our friends, swapping snacks and enjoying the camaraderie that centered around food. But when you're a mom, well, school lunches are the damn worst. I asked moms to share real photos of the lunches they pack because I, for one, have had enough of the Pinterest-worthy bento boxes that make me feel nothing if not inadequate.
When my son started preschool two years ago I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to pack enough options for him to peruse during lunch time. My kid was a very picky eater, so I wanted him to have a variety of healthy options that he might, you know, actually eat. I started off OK, cutting up veggies and fruits every single day, but eventually I got lazy and introduced him to the wonderful world of Lunchables. I make no apologies, my friends.
My son is 4 now and, thankfully, has a pretty substantial appetite. For the most part he's happy to chow down on turkey and cheese sandwiches, sugar snap peas and carrots, apple slices, and the occasional graham cracker. I don't go for fancy, good-looking packed lunches, and it turns out that I'm not alone. So if Pinterest has you feeling down, here's what the following moms actually pack for their kids: