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#1 Nicole_R

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 03:04 PM

Over the past couple of weeks we've noticed either once or twice a week MissA has been asking for more in her lunchbox and it's just got me questioning how much is 'normal' for her age. She is 7.

It's got me wondering as well. I don't know if all this time we haven't been giving her enough (she has quiet big dinners, most times as much as me), or if she's just wanting more for a different reason. Other than just being hungry.

Then again, we don't know if it's due to the fact we've got another 2 children in the household (my niece & nephew, whom we're currently caring for) and she's perhaps wanting to be the 'bigger' one, so to speak. My niece & nephew are 5 & 6.

Arrgghh! I'm confused!

At the moment all three of them have the following:

Sandwich (usually ham + cheese, or peanut butter)
Piece of fruit (banana or apple)
Pack of crisps
Small container of carrot & cheese sticks + cheese dip
Yoghurt
Popper
Bottle of water

Any advice?
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Posted 24 August 2009 - 03:20 PM

I don't have kids so I have no idea.

But I wish you were my mum and I had that yummy lunch packed for me daily.
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Posted 24 August 2009 - 03:34 PM

She might be going through a bit of a growth spurt? Maybe try adding an extra sandwich and perhaps some more protein, a boiled egg or something like that?

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 03:51 PM

She's definately going through a growth spurt.. that's for sure..

She's always been very small for her age, smaller than most in her whole year, & over the past 6 months or so her shirts are showing to be getting smaller & smaller..

But considering this has been going on for 6 or so months, I would have thought she'd be hungrier sooner as a result of this......

I'll try the extra protein, thanks Megan!
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Posted 24 August 2009 - 08:03 PM

Honestly I never win in this department. My son tells me I need to pack him more food and I do, but then he doesn't eat it rolleyes.gif.

These days he has:

1 Sandwich (or leftovers from dinner)
1 Pkt Popcorn or crisps
2 Pieces of Fruit
1 Apple Snack Bar
1 Popper (sometimes...not all the time)

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 08:44 PM

My 7 year old packs her own lunch box (we do, however check it before school)

Today's lunchbox included:

SNACK TIME
Cucumber (she eats these whole, like apples. We get her small sized lebanese ones)

LUNCH
Chicken & Salad Wrap (Cheese, Carrot, Cucumber, Celery, Lettuce, Alfalfa)
Popper


RECESS
yoghurt
BBQ Flavoured rice crackers
Banana

Plus water. At the start of the year I sent 3 empty cordial bottles to school to keep in the class fridge full of water. The kids are able to fill up their drink bottles as often as they like. (We live in Country SA, I sent the bottles in when we had 48 plus degree days)


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Posted 26 August 2009 - 09:43 AM

Isaac is 9, and his lunchbox seems rather minimal compared to some of yours, but he just won't eat any more than this during the day!

-sandwich
-piece of fruit
-yoghurt
-muesli bar or biccie or slice or cake

-water in his bottle.


Sometimes it varies and I might put carrot and cheese stick in, or rice cakes, cheese and biscuits, a wrap instead of a sandwich etc, or let him order hot food from the canteen.


They only have two breaks during the day for food: recess and lunch, and he says if I give him more than this he doesn't have time to eat it all! I am assuming he is wanting to run off and do other things, and eating seems to get out-prioritised.

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 12:17 PM

My 5 year has the smallest lunch box so far on here.

Lunch: Sandwhich with meat and salad.

Recess: 1 piece of fruit and a muesli bar/fruit bar/cheese and biscuits.

This is her first year of school and when she started I use to pack more but then she told me that she doesn't need that much food and doesn't get time to eat it.

She does eat when we get home from school and is very ready for her dinner by the time it is cooked.

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 09:21 PM

Cal has 2 pieces of fruit: usually some strawberries or mandarin and an apple
One tub of yogurt
One cheesymite scroll or the like
He is a terribly fussy eater so there is no point in me getting more adventurous because it always comes home uneaten!
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Posted 27 August 2009 - 09:46 PM

Miss 4.5yo usually gets:

Handful of sakata's with either a homemade avocado dip or phily cream cheese dip.
Apple/Banana/Pear OR chopped up capsicum/olives/gherkins
Sandwich (cheese, ham or chicken) OR those pre-packed tuna and crackers stuff
Yoghurt OR Babybell cheese
Popper - usually a UHT plain milk, Up&Go milk or juice

and a treat blush.gif like yoghurt balls, LCM bar, tiny teddies, popcorn ...


She usually eats most of it and brings home the leftovers (usually the treat) to share with Miss 3yo wub.gif

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 11:43 AM

Jaksen is 5 and he is in Kinder...
He has a yoghurt, a Le Snak or CC's with Salsa for morning tea
Lunch he has 2 Smiley Meat sandwiches with tomato sauce (gross I know) but the only other thing he will have is Peanut Butter and obviously you can't take that to Kinder.
Afternoon Tea is a shared platter of fruit.
He takes 1 LTR or water.
He has never complained he doesnt have enough food.

The worst part about the kinder is they don't have bins at snack/lunch time for kids to throw their rubbish out. They have a policy trying to encourage parents to see what their kids are eating so they send all their scraps home in their lunch boxes. Which means if you send them with yoghurt and they leave bits in the tub, you open it up and its all through the lunch box and the scraps and it gets messy. I can kind of see their point of trying to limit waste, but really if a child cant throw an empty container of yoghurt in the bin after they're done then maybe they are too little for kinder?!

I remember I did parent duty on the first day this year and a mum only sent her son with a can of spaghetti and meatballs emptied straight into a lunchbox with a spoon. To be eaten cold. Now i'm not the brightest spark, but something tells me if you left that sitting in the lunch box right up til lunch time its going to get funky.

Sorry, I think I just went off topic a bit. smile.gif

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 03:20 PM

QUOTE(Jaksen's Mum @ Aug 28 2009, 11:43 AM) View Post

2 Smiley Meat sandwiches with tomato sauce (gross I know)

laugh.gif Cute.

QUOTE(Jaksen's Mum @ Aug 28 2009, 11:43 AM) View Post

The worst part about the kinder is they don't have bins at snack/lunch time for kids to throw their rubbish out. They have a policy trying to encourage parents to see what their kids are eating so they send all their scraps home in their lunch boxes. Which means if you send them with yoghurt and they leave bits in the tub, you open it up and its all through the lunch box and the scraps and it gets messy. I can kind of see their point of trying to limit waste, but really if a child cant throw an empty container of yoghurt in the bin after they're done then maybe they are too little for kinder?!

Eewww.. blink.gif

I see the notion behind it, to some extent, but wouldn't telling you suffice? My sister works in child care, and she's forever mentioning certain things, certain guidelines they have to follow with keeping track of everything..? Wouldn't that work? I'm pretty certain they have to keep track of things like what the children eat every day...

I feel for you having to clean it out every day, especially with the yoghurt... laugh.gif
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Posted 28 August 2009 - 08:26 PM

It's a bit ridiculous I feel. I can't really understand it.
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Posted 29 August 2009 - 11:09 AM

QUOTE(Jaksen's Mum @ Aug 28 2009, 11:43 AM) View Post


Lunch he has 2 Smiley Meat sandwiches with tomato sauce (gross I know)



Isaac loves smiley meat sandwiches too. It would have to be the grossest looking processed meat, god knows what is in it. But he loves it, so I let him have it from time to time as well. He loves smiley meat and BBQ sauce.

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 02:49 PM

I know I'm a bit late with this one hun, but it was something I had been having issues with, with Logan.

That's about what he's getting each day, but he was coming home with an empty lunchbox every day - I thought surely he'd leave a muesli bar or something, but nope, he'd eat everything! Then my mum gave me a book about GI stuff and I've made a few adjustments to his bread (wholemeal instead of white) and also at home I have supplemented rice with couscous (which as you can imagine, Cameron is thrilled about laugh.gif ), but I am noticing that Logan (and I!) are fuller for longer. I was very sceptical about it, but now I'm not really hitting the hungrys at 4pm and Logan has stopped demanding dinner as soon as we get home in the afternoon laugh.gif

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