What was/is your school lunch profile--or your child's?
1. The OCD
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2. The Princess Lunch
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3. The Bento
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4. The Functional Lunch
5. The Throw-Away Lunch
Screw the starving kids in Africa/China/The Island of Lost Toys. This lunch indicates a total communication disconnect between mom and kid. Usually, the lunch is too drab to trade, so it ends up getting thrown out and the kid uses pocket change to buy an ice cream sandwich (hey, it is a sandwich, so it must be good for you, right)? This was me for many years, but fortunately my elementary school had many order-out options and my mother eventually discovered the wonders of kaiser rolls and mayo on turkey sandwiches, fun-sized bags of potato chips, granola bars, and even desserts.
6. The Bad-Ass Dad Lunch
7. The Totally Non-Parented Lunch
The parent of this child allows him or her to pack lunch completely unsupervised, which means that lunch often consists of a bag of corn chips (not necessarily a fun-size container), a Snickers bar, and maybe a little packet of fruit gummis. Not necessarily a bad or a progressive parent, just based on the philosophy that "as long as the kid is eating something, it is all good."
8. The Un-apologetically Fat Kid (or Football Player's) Lunch
9. The Neurotic Anorexic Mom's Lunch
10. The Neurotic Dieting Teenage Girl's Lunch
Usually involves not eating anything at all and just a haughty stare at her friends while they consume food. Sometimes she will gladly eat anything you can't finish because that doesn't count as eating.
11. The Carb-o-Holic
Usually a girl (okay, me, in high school), her lunch will be completely devoid of protein and consist of ice cream as the 'main' and some form of snack cupcake or salty treat as the 'side.' Then she'll fall asleep in geometry class and confirm all stereotypes that women can't do math in the eyes of the sexist teacher.
12. The Creative
13. The Fad Eater
The trend-setter--the first kid to bring that new kind of Tastycake to school, or hard-boiled eggs, cold pop tarts, an odd flavor of Snapple or Combos.
14. The Sharer
15. The Ethnic Lunch