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Are the days of lunch boxes gone?

Posted by on Jul. 17, 2013 at 1:29 PM
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As they enter middle school or even the upper elementary grades are you finding that your kids prefer not to bring a lunch and would rather eat a school lunch?


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mjande4
by Member on Jul. 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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No quite the opposite. My kids don't want to wait in line to get food and generally are not excited about the choices.
SuperLooneyMom
by on Jul. 17, 2013 at 7:25 PM
Yeh my boys prefer school lunch. Mostly cause they don't want to make it. One of them gets two a day sometimes. I'm like its cheaper to make it and still be as healthy
coolmommy2x
by Bronze Member on Jul. 17, 2013 at 7:26 PM
Not necessarily...just at a certain age it's not cool to carry a lunchbox. DS has been brown bagging it for about 3 or 4 years.
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catngabsmom
by Erica on Jul. 17, 2013 at 7:53 PM
I think now that lunch boxes are cooler looking, it isn't as bad. My girls "lunch boxes" look more like purses.
Maries_Mom23
by on Jul. 17, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Same here!  My dd just bought one at Wal Mart the other day, looks like a purse! :)

Quoting catngabsmom:

I think now that lunch boxes are cooler looking, it isn't as bad. My girls "lunch boxes" look more like purses.


catngabsmom
by Erica on Jul. 17, 2013 at 8:06 PM

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I bought them their bags from 31 last year, they are still in perfect condition and the girls love them!!! They have a different pattern, but it basically looks like the one in the pic
SahmTam
by Member on Jul. 17, 2013 at 9:11 PM

 My oldest has always preferred buying lunch over packing, but after having an orientation day this past spring at the middle school (one of the learning specialists took the kids with autism spectrum diagnoses for a day so they could check things out ahead of time) and having lunch there he doesn't want to buy.

Instead of having a lunch line they have all kinds of "islands" of "bars." Taco bar, salad bar, Italian food bar, etc. Drinks are in another location. And then there are more traditional lunch choices, but it was confusing and hard to figure out which items were ala carte and you can end up spending way more than just the school lunch costs. Many parents have complained (not just autism parents!). I've never seen it personally, but it does sound confusing. I think he'd just rather avoid the confusion (and overstimulation in his case.) Maybe as he becomes more familiar with it that will change.

Mom2Boys9501
by Member on Jul. 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM
Mine was in 5th last year and packed almost everyday. This year (junior high) I will most likely pack just as often but in lunch sacks.
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wakymom
by Silver Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:23 AM

 Ds2 is now in 4th gr and will still be taking a lunch box.

Ds1 still took lunch about half the time in middle school (5th-8th gr), but we switched to a brown paper bag. There are a few who take a "lunch box", but they are mainly girls and it's the cool-looking "PackIt" types.

 

 

 

 

 

bzzybeemomof3
by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 11:13 AM

 Schools here do not provide lunches at all. So they have no choice to bring their lunches with them. They do have 3 days a week they can pre-order pizza or hotdogs, and subs. We sometimes do pizza, but they dont eat hotdogs and the choices are coldcut subs and they dont eat cold meat at all.

Once they hit high school, then can buy lunch in the school restraunt though. Hamburgers, fries, pizza, pastas, pogos and whatever else they have, its an actual restarunt in the high school, so they can order whatever the like.

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