So then I thought I'd better take a look at the menu online. Make sure this pizza thing was the best option. Whoa...the menu! Although I give the district credit it's a lot better than what I had growing up but still, it looks really processed, prepackaged, and veggies are an only optional? Coincidentally I happened to watch Ann Cooper on TED talks last night she really stresses the importance of teaching kids to eat well, isn't teaching what school is all about? (great talk by the way...but not helping my cafeteria anxiety at all!)
At home we eat natural, homemade, and non-processed foods. We are not perfect we haven't always been this way. Our kids still occasionally get a happy meal everyone in a while. Sometimes I buy a bag a chips or an Italian soda as a treat but on an everyday basis we try to teach our kids to eat healthy and make healthy choices. Shouldn't an educational institution do the same? I'm not against a pizza day once a month, we make homemade pizza at home once a month and we've ordered papa johns in the past...but on a daily basis I think the kids should be learning to eat better!
So pack your own lunch! And we most likely will...but you know the kid's going to want to join his buddies in the lunch line every once in a while and so he should. Buying lunch should be teaching him to stand in line, wait his turn, place his order, and have his money counted and ready.
His homemade lunch will consist of his homemade food he eats at home. Not prepackaged and individually wrapped. I know most kids will not be that way.
I know I'm doing what's best for his health, I know I'm teaching him healthy ways...but why do I feel Like I'm punishing him?