Friday, May 07, 2010

In Which I Am a Bad Mom: "Mom, Why Don't You Make My Lunch Like All the Other Kids' Moms?"

From my 11 year-old, Hanover: "Mom, why don't you make my lunch? All the other kids' moms make their lunch."

Because I know you can do it yourself, just like you've been doing it since you were 7.
Because I want you to know you don't have to rely on other people for things you can do yourself.
Because you know best what you want.
Maybe the other kids don't know how to do it themselves.
Because I don't want to.

And Flurpee, at 8, is making her own lunches, too.

7 comments:

Andrea Parker said...

I think that it is great that your kids know how to make their own lunches. That is very self reliant.

Lynne said...

That's one of V's favorite things to tell people, that she makes her own lunch. She's been doing it since she was probably 4 or 5 and going to Montessori school. Even though she's 11, some people still find it shocking. When they ask me if it's true, I like to add that sometimes she even makes mine (which is also true)!

Kristie Sloan said...

Good for you! Good for them!

We are so tired of our 6 year old grandson saying, "I can't!" Well if you can't, and I won't, where does that leave you!

christinemm said...

Love that your girls can make their own lunch.

Funny how town to town the lunch thing differs. In my town it is cool for the elem kids to buy school's hot (horrid nutrition) lunch. The kids who pack a brown bag are teased. This per my friend who forced her kids to brown bag it for nutritional reasons and finally gave up so they would not be demonized.

christinemm said...

Love that your girls can make their own lunch.

Funny how town to town the lunch thing differs. In my town it is cool for the elem kids to buy school's hot (horrid nutrition) lunch. The kids who pack a brown bag are teased. This per my friend who forced her kids to brown bag it for nutritional reasons and finally gave up so they would not be demonized.

Jennifer Fink said...

I love your last reason best of all. :)

Jenny
www.bloggingboutboys.blogspot.com

Kim said...

I remember feeling a bit left out when it came to buying vs. bringing lunch. I haven't heard Hanover say anything about whether there is any stigma attached to bringing lunch. I give her enough money to buy lunch twice a week. Any other purchases she needs to fund through her allowance.

And I am definitely of the opinion that moms don't have to do things the kids are perfectly capable of doing for themselves.