Thursday, December 1, 2016

Henry's Lunchbox - Week 12

This week Henry packed 4 days of school lunches 

For December, our family is doing a kindness advent calendar. Each morning we find out a secret kindness mission for the day and talk about the experience at dinner. I put together a version that fits our family with kid-friendly ideas from several sources. We're calling them "secret kindness missions" since it gives Henry a sense that he has a special job (like a secret agent).

On DAY 4 (December 1), I used Henry's lunchbox note to remind him about this new December routine. I read him the note before school so that he would know what it said. His kindness activity for the first day was to give both of his teachers a compliment. During breakfast, we role played a few things that he could say. At dinner, he reported back that his mission was accomplished. He is already excited about what comes next!


In case you missed the first post in this school lunch series, you can learn more about our family's lunchbox guidelines here.

DAY 1

DAY 1 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Pancake Muffin with Cherries
Banana chips
Mini Pepperoni

Grapes
Water

DAY 1 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX?

2 Mini Pepperonis
 
DAY 2

DAY 2 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Curried Chickpeas and Acorn Squash, in the Thermos Funtainer
Pancake Muffin with Cherries
Freeze-Dried Mango Slices
PB&J Bar 
Water

DAY 2 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX

Half the Curry 
 
DAY 3
 
DAY 3 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Pancake Muffin with Cherries
Pistachios
Grapes
Salami
Carrots
Sunflower Seed Butter
Water

DAY 3 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX

Cherries from the Pancake Muffin
Grapes
A few bites of Salami
A few bites of Carrot

DAY 4
 
DAY 4 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH? 
Peanut Butter and Apple Butter Sandwich
Dried Cherries
Freeze-Dried Mango Slices
Water    

DAY 4 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX

Crust from his Sandwich
Half the Mangoes
Most of the Cherries

Is your family participating in a December kindness calendar challenge?

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Henry's Lunchbox - Week 11

This week Henry packed 5 days of school lunches. Unusually for Henry, he packed two lunches that he barely ate. He had a few days where he was only eating at every other meal lately. On both Monday and Thursday, he ate a huge breakfast, almost no lunch, a big afternoon snack and then just a few bites of dinner. On Wednesday, it was reversed.

It can be frustrating when he asks for food that he doesn't eat, especially when he makes a special request -- like Thursday's Oatmeal with blackberries. I know that children's attitudes about food is highly influenced by their parents. I will continue to encourage Henry to try a balanced variety of foods and trust that overall, Henry is getting what his body needs. 

Henry was also happy to receive notes with his lunch box a few times this week.  

In case you missed the first post in this school lunch series, you can learn more about our family's lunchbox guidelines here.

DAY 1

DAY 1 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Baked Beans, in the Thermos Funtainer
Apple slices sprinkled with lemon juice
Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips
Mandarin Orange
Dolmas
Peppermint
Water

DAY 1 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX?

Half the Baked Beans
All but one bite of Apple
Half the Potato Chips
All the Orange
Dolmas
*I'm chalking up the lack of lunch eaten to his giant breakfast. He gulped down three pancakes, three servings of Greek yogurt and half a pear. I'm guessing there wasn't much room left for lunch. 

DAY 2

DAY 2 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Cinnamon Pancakes with peanut butter and cranberry sauce
Maple Cream Cookies, 2
Plum
Water

DAY 2 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX

One bite of Pancake
All but two bites of Plum 
 
DAY 3

DAY 3 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Apple Cinnamon Figgy Pops, 6
Pumpkin Muffin, cut in half
Mandarin Orange
Teriyaki Turkey Jerky
Whoppers Candies
Water

DAY 3 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX

Two of the Apple Cinnamon Figgy Pops
Half the Orange

DAY 4

DAY 4 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH? 
Oatmeal with Blackberries, in the Thermos Funtainer
Mandarin Orange
Peanuts
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup
Water    

DAY 4 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX

All but one bite of Oatmeal
All but one segment of Orange
Most of the Peanuts

DAY 5

DAY 5 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH? 
Dates filled with peanut butter
Freeze Dried Mango
Pepperjack Cheese
Pepperoni
Pistachios 
Water    

DAY 5 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX

Half the Dates
Half the Cheese
One bite of Pepperoni

How do you react when your child doesn't eat their lunch?

Friday, November 11, 2016

Henry's Lunchbox - Week 10

This week Henry packed 4 days of school lunches. He used his hot lunch thermos for baked beans

Midweek Henry asked me to start sending notes in his lunchbox. Another child in his class gets a friendly note from his dad every day and he asked me if I could send notes too. With a quick internet search, I found several cute and free printable lunch note templates. I printed out a few sets that I think will work well for a preschooler who is not yet reading. I'm not sure that I will remember to send them every day, but he was excited to see one taped to his lunchbox.
 

In case you missed the first post in this school lunch series, you can learn more about our family's lunchbox guidelines here.

DAY 1

DAY 1 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Honeydew Melon
Strawberry Pecan Bread (homeade)
Turkey Summer Sausage
Pepperjack Cheese, 5 pieces
Mixed Nuts
Water

DAY 1 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX?

All the melon
A few crumbs of Strawberry Pecan Bread
Pepperjack Cheese, 2 pieces

DAY 2

DAY 2 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Baked Beans, in the Thermos Funtainer
Apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon
Strawberry Pancakes with dried fruit face
Water

DAY 2 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX

A few bites of Baked Beans
Most of the Strawberry Pancakes
  
DAY 3

DAY 3 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH? 
Dinner Roll
Farmer's Cheese
Carrot Sticks
Turkey Summer Sausage 
Honeydew Melon
Bertie Botts Jelly Beans - he thinks the unusual flavors are hilarious
Water

DAY 3 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX

Half the Cheese
Half the Carrots
All the Melon
Most of the Jelly Beans

DAY 4

DAY 4 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Dinner Roll with almond butter and cherry jam
Dinner Roll with nutella
Freeze-Dried Mango Slices
Roasted Delicata Squash slices with cinnamon
Milk Duds (from his Halloween candy stash) 
Water    

DAY 4 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX

All the Squash - although he really liked this dish at dinner the night before, he said it did not taste yummy as cold lunch leftovers.

Do you send notes with your child's lunchbox?