Snoop Bloggy Blogg: School Lunches
It’s time to let your kids flex on all the other kids!
Stay envious, my friends.
Haves and Have-Nots
Okay, maybe I’m the crazy one here, but I think if you have enough money and time to make your kid a super special awesome lunch every day to take to school, even if it makes other kids jealous, I think you should go ahead and let your kid flex on everyone else.
This story comes out of the UK where this guy says “My kid is 8, and long story short, my wife and I try to make really fun lunches for my daughter.” Awesome dad, right?
Well, he goes on to say that they received a message from the daughter’s teacher asking them to tone down the lunches. They asked, "Just send your kid a typical sandwich, because other kids don’t have as elaborate lunches and it will make them feel bad.”
This'll make everyone feel better, guaranteed.
See, there’s a reason why I don’t have kids. Because my first response would be “Tone down my kid’s lunches or what?" I would imagine that nowhere in the student handbook does it say you’re not allowed to have a better lunch than anyone else. And whilst it sometimes feels like it to the students, public school isn't a gulag. The board of education or the local news would have a field day with a story like this.
Like, what’s next?
"Sorry sweetheart, you have to walk to school. Daddy’s car is making all the other parents jealous."
"Sorry sweetheart, you have to take one for the team and fail the test today. Your straight A’s are making the other kids feel bad."
In my opinion, kids need to learn at an early age that, while it’s absolutely good to learn and recognize that you might have more blessings and privileges than other kids, you don’t have to compromise them and you certainly don’t have to feel ashamed of them. If your mother took time out of her day to pack you a Batman-shaped ham sandwich, then you enjoy it. And if other kids have a problem with it, then it will be good for them to learn at an early age how to manage their emotions and make do with what they have.
Here is your HR-friendly mandated lunch, everybody.
Have a great day and try not to break anything,