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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Peer Pressure & Faux Lunchables


Maybe you'll recall, last year my daughter had this annoying habit of harassing me about a school lunch tray and Lunchables. I sent her a healthy lunch in a pink plastic lunch box. Every day she'd negotiate with me, If I clean up my room can I have a Lunchable? Can I take a Lunchable on the Field Trip?

Only every time I sent a Lunchable she didn't eat it - because the food sucks.

Then I'd be superannoyed because they cost 3 freaking dollars. The whole point of sending a lunch is economy and health. Lunchables violates everything a lunch should be. It's the Kindergarten status symbol, don't you know?

But, then I read Jen's, Lunch Box Mania, Keyword "Mania." She wanted to cut down on disposable items like baggies. Good point. She did all the environmental and cost analysis homework for me and even told me where to buy these Faux Lunchable trays.

Target for $3 each.

How's that for peer pressure? Ainsley's status symbol is a Lunchable and mine is an economically and environmentally friendly object that will allow me to feed my kid healthy food without incessant complaining.

Please God, don't let it take her 35 years to figure out how to choose your peer pressure for your own self-preservation and best interests.

I figured I'd buy two so one could be in the dishwasher and one could be at school. Of course, I should have factored in the brother and bought 4.

I am also concerned about plastics due to the research I've been doing on early and precocious puberty.

Unfortunately, the only metal child-sized drinking options conflicted with our branding rules - High School Musical (I promised she could have High School Musical everything when she's in High School. But, it's not called 1st Grade Musical or Primary Musical), Princess and Bratz - those were my choices. So, I opted for the Dora plastic thermos with the snack compartment on the bottom until I can find a thermos without implications. (Okay, that's a good point - the lunch box is also plastic.)

As you saw in the video, the Baked Cheetos are going to buy me a lot of peace, I think. Last year I was probably too strict on her lunch snacks. This was daddy's brilliant idea. It's only 100 calories. We bought the bulk box for $8.95 at Sams Club and there are 30 packages.

That's 6 weeks of family harmony and peace - what a bargain.

Empowering Girls: Lunchables

Potty Dance and YouTube Peer Pressure

Empowering Girls: Girls-Only Public School

Empowering Girls: Early Puberty

Precocious Puberty

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out

Go Bratz Go!

15 comments:

Scribbit said...

Oh I'm laughing! We have the same thing happen all the time with my 9 year old David, the kid BEGS for Lunchables and while he'll eat them (apparently my kids are heathen dogs when it comes to food) it's never enough food for him. He's a huge eater and then complains about being hungry after eating three Ritz and a slice of cheese. Go figure.

If I filled of three of those Target trays maybe that would do it :)

The High School Musical line killed me--don't tell me she's in love with Troy too . . .

Tracee said...

She's in love with Zac Efron. She's a fan from Hairspray & High School Musical. It's her version of Ken. She's got a mad crush.

She saw Sean Cassidy on Oprah and said, "I don't understand why they love him instead of Zac Efron. Zac Efron is cuter."

I had to explain Sean Cassidy was the Zac Efron of Grandma's day.

John Travolta was my kid crush.

Jen said...

Oh, man, I hate to tell you this but don't put plastics in the dish washer. The heat causes the plastics to breakdown and leach the bad stuff (AKA synthetic hormones.) Also, don't microwave them or pour hot liquids in them.

I have weeded out most of our plastic stuff, and slowly started to replace it with glass, ceramic, etc...

It's better to have none, but hey, I live in the real world where money *is* an issue, and so is time (who wants to wash dishes by hand?) Plus teachers aren't too keen about glass at school. Ask me how I know.

Tracee said...

You didn't tell me I'd have to hand wash them when you recommended them on my site.

It probably would have been a deal breaker.

I'm not looking for more ways to do more work.

Tracee said...

your site I mean

Laurie said...

peer pressure is indeed a powerful force...i use tiffin lunch box sets that are stainless steel. now, i admit they are a bit "different" but completely reusable and free of plastic. you can find them here:
http://www.angelinhome.com/index.php?categoryID=10

Laurie said...

oops...and here is a source of a good, metal "thermos":
http://www.rei.com/product/750043

Tracee said...

Those are like old camping gear my parents used to have. Those Sig cups are on my wish list - but $20 feels a lot diff than the $5 I paid for the Dora.

crystal said...

What is the deal with those darn lunchables? Maddie did the same thing at that age and would always beg for lunchables. I never allowed them because they're filled with sodium and preservatives. They must advertise the heck out of those things on the Disney Channel.

Yaya said...

That is so creative!
I love the Sigg bottles, and now they make BPA free plastic water bottles too. I've been through a zillion water bottles and I find, you get what you pay for. I've dropped so many plastic water bottles that crack and have to be thrown out, but my Sigg has been standing the test of time!

Carol Saha said...

My kids, 14 and 10, still ask for lunchables. I hate those things. They get it for a special treat occasionally and I always use money their dad gave me for it and make sure they know that.

jeanie said...

My daughter used to do the beg for carp thing - she and I both learned that buying them didn't really work, because she hated it and I hated the cost, the packaging and the leftovers!!

Am I doing okay? said...

So cute! I have to find my local Target®. I like your dining room chairs. Another thing I'm in the market for. School lunch here cost $2.50 for elementary, a dollar and twenty cents more than it did in Tx. I'm curious what that buys. I'll let you know next week.

Tracee said...

IKEA chairs.

ng2000 said...
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Peer Pressure & Faux Lunchables


Maybe you'll recall, last year my daughter had this annoying habit of harassing me about a school lunch tray and Lunchables. I sent her a healthy lunch in a pink plastic lunch box. Every day she'd negotiate with me, If I clean up my room can I have a Lunchable? Can I take a Lunchable on the Field Trip?

Only every time I sent a Lunchable she didn't eat it - because the food sucks.

Then I'd be superannoyed because they cost 3 freaking dollars. The whole point of sending a lunch is economy and health. Lunchables violates everything a lunch should be. It's the Kindergarten status symbol, don't you know?

But, then I read Jen's, Lunch Box Mania, Keyword "Mania." She wanted to cut down on disposable items like baggies. Good point. She did all the environmental and cost analysis homework for me and even told me where to buy these Faux Lunchable trays.

Target for $3 each.

How's that for peer pressure? Ainsley's status symbol is a Lunchable and mine is an economically and environmentally friendly object that will allow me to feed my kid healthy food without incessant complaining.

Please God, don't let it take her 35 years to figure out how to choose your peer pressure for your own self-preservation and best interests.

I figured I'd buy two so one could be in the dishwasher and one could be at school. Of course, I should have factored in the brother and bought 4.

I am also concerned about plastics due to the research I've been doing on early and precocious puberty.

Unfortunately, the only metal child-sized drinking options conflicted with our branding rules - High School Musical (I promised she could have High School Musical everything when she's in High School. But, it's not called 1st Grade Musical or Primary Musical), Princess and Bratz - those were my choices. So, I opted for the Dora plastic thermos with the snack compartment on the bottom until I can find a thermos without implications. (Okay, that's a good point - the lunch box is also plastic.)

As you saw in the video, the Baked Cheetos are going to buy me a lot of peace, I think. Last year I was probably too strict on her lunch snacks. This was daddy's brilliant idea. It's only 100 calories. We bought the bulk box for $8.95 at Sams Club and there are 30 packages.

That's 6 weeks of family harmony and peace - what a bargain.

Empowering Girls: Lunchables

Potty Dance and YouTube Peer Pressure

Empowering Girls: Girls-Only Public School

Empowering Girls: Early Puberty

Precocious Puberty

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out

Go Bratz Go!

15 comments:

Scribbit said...

Oh I'm laughing! We have the same thing happen all the time with my 9 year old David, the kid BEGS for Lunchables and while he'll eat them (apparently my kids are heathen dogs when it comes to food) it's never enough food for him. He's a huge eater and then complains about being hungry after eating three Ritz and a slice of cheese. Go figure.

If I filled of three of those Target trays maybe that would do it :)

The High School Musical line killed me--don't tell me she's in love with Troy too . . .

Tracee said...

She's in love with Zac Efron. She's a fan from Hairspray & High School Musical. It's her version of Ken. She's got a mad crush.

She saw Sean Cassidy on Oprah and said, "I don't understand why they love him instead of Zac Efron. Zac Efron is cuter."

I had to explain Sean Cassidy was the Zac Efron of Grandma's day.

John Travolta was my kid crush.

Jen said...

Oh, man, I hate to tell you this but don't put plastics in the dish washer. The heat causes the plastics to breakdown and leach the bad stuff (AKA synthetic hormones.) Also, don't microwave them or pour hot liquids in them.

I have weeded out most of our plastic stuff, and slowly started to replace it with glass, ceramic, etc...

It's better to have none, but hey, I live in the real world where money *is* an issue, and so is time (who wants to wash dishes by hand?) Plus teachers aren't too keen about glass at school. Ask me how I know.

Tracee said...

You didn't tell me I'd have to hand wash them when you recommended them on my site.

It probably would have been a deal breaker.

I'm not looking for more ways to do more work.

Tracee said...

your site I mean

Laurie said...

peer pressure is indeed a powerful force...i use tiffin lunch box sets that are stainless steel. now, i admit they are a bit "different" but completely reusable and free of plastic. you can find them here:
http://www.angelinhome.com/index.php?categoryID=10

Laurie said...

oops...and here is a source of a good, metal "thermos":
http://www.rei.com/product/750043

Tracee said...

Those are like old camping gear my parents used to have. Those Sig cups are on my wish list - but $20 feels a lot diff than the $5 I paid for the Dora.

crystal said...

What is the deal with those darn lunchables? Maddie did the same thing at that age and would always beg for lunchables. I never allowed them because they're filled with sodium and preservatives. They must advertise the heck out of those things on the Disney Channel.

Yaya said...

That is so creative!
I love the Sigg bottles, and now they make BPA free plastic water bottles too. I've been through a zillion water bottles and I find, you get what you pay for. I've dropped so many plastic water bottles that crack and have to be thrown out, but my Sigg has been standing the test of time!

Carol Saha said...

My kids, 14 and 10, still ask for lunchables. I hate those things. They get it for a special treat occasionally and I always use money their dad gave me for it and make sure they know that.

jeanie said...

My daughter used to do the beg for carp thing - she and I both learned that buying them didn't really work, because she hated it and I hated the cost, the packaging and the leftovers!!

Am I doing okay? said...

So cute! I have to find my local Target®. I like your dining room chairs. Another thing I'm in the market for. School lunch here cost $2.50 for elementary, a dollar and twenty cents more than it did in Tx. I'm curious what that buys. I'll let you know next week.

Tracee said...

IKEA chairs.

ng2000 said...
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