Having a picky eater on your hands doesn’t mean you have to have back to school lunch battles. As with all of our little peoples’ challenges, we want to approach them proactively and with a problem-solving mindset, not a battle to be won.
Start by pulling up your school’s lunch menu at the beginning of each week. If you are a Lincoln Public Schools family, they are already uploaded for the beginning of the year. Go through the menu with your child and have them highlight the meals they are looking forward to eating at school. This benefits both of you – they have a predictable meal that they know they like, and you have the peace of mind knowing that they are getting the nutrition they need to make it through the school day.
On the days where your student can’t find anything appetizing, consider packing a cold lunch from home. Include a balance of foods, some that you know they will eat, and some that may be a gamble. It’s okay if they finish it all or if some foods come back home in the lunchbox, remember, it’s not a battle to be won. Just having the option of an unfamiliar food being there is good exposure to expanding their palette. Packing lunches would be a great skill to begin doing together so that eventually, they can take over the responsibility of packing their own lunches. This will give them ownership and build their sense of independence. A win for everyone!
Link to LPS Nutrition Services Website: https://home.lps.org/ns/menus/