Wednesday, November 19, 2008

You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do

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Does your little one eat lunch at school? Most schools provide a lunch menu to keep you informed, but how do you know they're not on a daily diet of nothing but corn and chocolate milk? Or chicken nuggets, ketchup, ketchup, and more ketchup?

Well, you ask them, right?

And the answer to the "What did you have for lunch?" question will come back as a shoulder shrug, a barely audible "I dunno," or just a frustratingly consistent case of lunchtime memory loss.

My advice, which you know is definitely just two cents worth, is to keep asking. Not in a pushy, shoulders-up-against-the-wall kind of way, but in a I'm-interested-in-what-you're-eating-because-it's-important kind of way.

If showing interest and asking questions doesn't inspire your kid to report on lunch, try these...

1. Threaten to install a video camera in the lunchroom.
2. Threaten to pay a teacher to report on what they eat, and any other interesting information they pick up.
3. Threaten to call and ask the boy whose name she doodled exactly what she ate for lunch.

Hey, you know I'm here to help. Your kids can thank me later.

Kidding aside, I truly believe it is worth the annoyed looks and eye rolls to consistently communicate with kids what they're eating. Use the conversations as teaching moments, and if you need help on what to teach them about healty eating, call your Pediatrician right now and ask the office to mail you any information they have.

I wanted to give you a few shots of Biscuit giving a good ol' fashioned shrug and eyeroll, but this is as close as we got...

Nothing but giggles after this...

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