So much has changed in the last hundred years for kids going back to school. Join CafeMom as we take you back to your school years and other decades and go through tips for today for your young scholars.
Going back to school means getting back into those school year routines for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Do you sometimes feel like you're running your very own "Chez Mom" restaurant? Well, if you're starved (pun intended) for new ideas, check here for daily ideas for great school night meals.
Click through the slideshow below for a glimpse into lunchboxes from around the world.
Many schools in Kenya serve a traditional dish of the Kikuyu tribe as lunch. Called githeri, it's a mixture of beans and dried corn.
Did You Know? After kids are served in Kenya, they say asante (ah-SAHN-teh). It's Swahili for "thank you."
Every kid brown-bags it in Norway. Schools don't provide a lunch option, so students munch on open sandwiches and fruit from home. And forget PB&J -- the top sandwich choice in Norway is cheese.
Did You Know? A Norwegian carpenter invented the cheese slicer in 1925.
Manga beve! School lunches in Italy support local farmers and teach students about their traditional cuisine. Of course, pasta, like risotto or lasagna, is served daily, paired with a meat and fruits and veggies. Yeah, we are drooling, too.
Did You Know? On average, an Italian eats 51 pounds of pasta per year, while the average American eats about 15 pounds.
We "heart" those cute Bento boxes, but actually, Japanese kids don't use them. Eaten in the classroom, school lunches are provided by the school and served by fellow students.
Did You Know? Japan's school lunches (called kyuushoku) have seasonal menus. Think warm stew in the winter and cold noodles in the summer.
As the typical Australian school doesn't have a cafeteria, students down under bring lunch from home or buy sandwiches (Vegemite, anyone?), quiches or even nachos from the school canteen.
Did You Know? With no lunchrooms to dine in, most Australian school kids eat lunch outside with their mates.
Hernekeitto, a traditional green pea soup, is on the menu every Thursday in Finnish schools. Mandated to be "tasty, colorful and well-balanced," school lunches in Finland often include a daily vegetarian option.
Did You Know? Finland has provided free lunches to all students no matter their family's income since 1948.
Indian moms send homemade vegetable curry, lentil stew and unleavened whole wheat bread (roti) to school in stacking stainless steel containers called tiffin dabbas.
Did You Know? A new business has popped up. Tiffin dabbas are often delivered to school by a dabbawalla (which means "person with a box"). They also pick up and return the empty containers to each home.
Most of us don't eat as well as French students, who dine on lunches designed by the French government to teach "good manners, good taste and the elements of good nutrition." Their four-course meals (yes, four courses) include dishes such as chicken and herbs, red and green peppers with olive oil, and couscous.
Did You Know? French students are required to sit at the table for 30 minutes, to allow for proper eating and digestion.
Rice is served at almost every school lunch on this beautiful island U.S. commonwealth, with beans or meat and a side of veggies. Bonus: lunch is free for all students and faculty.
Did You Know? Mofongo may sound like a comic book villain, but it's the signature dish in Puerto Rico, made from mashed fried plantains with meat, seafood or veggies mixed in - yum!
There are no school lunches in Germany…for a good reason: they get out before lunchtime! With the first bell ringing at 7:30 a.m., students end the school day around 1:00, and eat lunch at home. Don't worry -- the kids don't starve. They bring a Pausenbrot (aka a snack) to nibble on at recess.
Did You Know? If you hear "quark" in Germany, don't think you'll be discussing quantum physics. Quark is a type of cheese, used in making desserts.