Every night as I pack L’s lunch for school the next day, I can’t help but wonder if most kids prefer cold lunch or hot lunch? Did you want your mom to pack your lunch or did you want to buy lunch at school?
For now I pack L’s lunch 4 out of 5 days. I don’t know that he has a true preference, but I let him buy lunch once a week at school and the rest of the week he eats “cold lunch”. I try to keep it fun and interesting for him so it’s not always the same few things. Partly because I think it’s fun and partly because I know he eats better / more this way. With cold lunches I can see exactly what he eats because he just throws the lid back on at the end of the day and doesn’t throw anything away. And, with the exception of the lunch above (I haven’t been grocery shopping), I feel like I pack more fruits and healthy foods (that he will eat anyway) in his lunches.
I do see the allure of hot lunches though, both from the mom side and the kid side. First of all they are easy. You don’t have to do anything! And when I was a kid, buying hot lunch was cool! By only letting L get hot lunch 1x/week, I hope to keep some of this cool factor / special treat belief . But it totally adds up. Lunch at L’s school is $2.75/day, plus they can buy things from the snack cart (it has fruit, chips, cookies, etc.) which adds on to that total. Oddly L has never bought anything from the snack cart, but I know it will eventually happen!
So what did you prefer when you were a kid? Cold lunch or hot lunch? And if you’re a mom, which do you and your kids prefer? And what’s your favorite hot lunch? Taco pizza was always a big hit when I was in school. And we used to have the BEST cookies in elementary school. I think they were $0.25 (is that right mom?) and they were so good!