Waste Not, Want Not

Monday, September 20, 2010

Tyler eats a lot. I mean A LOT. It bother's me that school has a morning snack, lunch soon after and that's all. I really think kids need an afternoon snack too, but that's another post. Anyway, because Tyler would be starving by the time I got through the pick up line, I started packing giant lunches. This way, he'd have enough for snack and lunch with a little left for after school while he waits for me to get through the pick up line. 

The system was working fine until around the middle of the school year when Tyler started getting wasteful. I'd go through his backpack and all the 'side' items would be gone but his sandwich, GoGurt or fruit would be leftover. I also found out he'd sometimes buy lunch and not eat any of the things I packed. So then we had to have a talk.

I told him we couldn't waste food. He needed to eat the things I sent him to school with, especially the things that would spoil. We went round and round and I got so fed up I even took money from his wallet one day telling him he owed me for the groceries he wasted. I know. But rational is not my strong suit when I'm trying to make a point. 

We got through the rest of the school year with no more problems. I didn't think we needed to have a refresher for this school year but I was wrong. Twice last week I had to throw away sandwiches and yogurt. I reminded him of last year and said again that we shouldn't waste food. He apologized and said he wouldn't do it anymore. Friday I opened the fridge and I saw this:

I think this time he got the point. 


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