A journey in life. And lunchboxes.

So how did back to school go yesterday?

Tears? Tantrums? Excitement and joy?

But that’s enough about the parents, how did your child get on?!

Whether it was back to school or your child’s first day at school (or in my case, both), I hope it went well for you. It’s a really exciting time with new faces, places and routines. And new clothes as well – my 5 year old son looks so grown up wearing his school shirt and tie for the first time.

For what it’s worth, I think it’s the first time he’s ever worn a shirt and tie.

Your morning routine might be a bit different now too, what with having to juggle getting breakfast ready, getting a uniform on, what to put in your child’s lunchbox and getting out the door on time. Thankfully, most schools have a healthy lunch policy which can help guide you on what can go in your child’s lunchbox. We’ve also got a free lunchbox leaflet on our website, which has plenty of practical advice for parents and a handy 5 day lunchbox planner.

I think the best bits of advice I got about my kids’ lunchbox was to get them involved with it and try to make it part of their routine and make it fun. And if they’re only starting school this year, make sure it’s a lunchbox they can open themselves; their teacher will thank you for it!  

And try, try, try to keep at it when trying out new things in their lunchbox. I know from my own two sons that trying out new foods can often mean throwing out foods they haven’t eaten. Head-wrecking stuff. They love routine as much as me, the adult. They live in the here and now, not next month or beyond.

But don’t despair and try small, little changes here and there in their lunchbox over time. And try to stick with it as best you can. For me, it’s just like the first day of school all over again - the start of an exciting journey in life.

And lunchboxes.

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Posted: 30/08/2013 15:03:56 by Dermot Moriarty
Filed under: Children, Lunchboxes, School

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Dermot Moriarty
Hi, I’m Dermot Moriarty and I’m the communications manager for safefood. My background is in advertising & public relations and I work on our awareness campaigns, promotional activities and market research. I’m also an occasional blogger. In my spare time, I’m a fan of history books, sport and cooking (though not all at the same time) and am trying to get back into running. I live in Co. Dublin with my wife and two young boys who are growing up way too fast.