Do you send your kids to school with a bag lunch or lunch money?

@lenapoo (678)
United States
April 2, 2009 9:15pm CST
My three younger children are at home during the day, but my step-daughter is in school. She attends a private school so the lunch situation isn't similar to the public school system. So that means that I have to get up in the morning and pack a lunch. I have certain days for certain things. Usually on Monday and Tuesday she gets Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Bag of Chips, Apple or Banana, and a Drink. Wednesday and Thursday is PB&J, Fruit Cup, Pretzels, and Milk money. Then on Friday it's usually a Lunchable. Do you pack your kids lunch? Or do you send them with lunch money?
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
3 Apr 09
My son takes his lunch to school everyday right now. He was eating at school for the first half of the year. He did that last year too. He ate school lunch half the year and sack lunch the other half. I don't do certain things on certain days at all. Just what ever he feels like having. I will ask him what kind of stuff he wants in the morning when I am making his lunch. I will say this or that for things and he picks.
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@lenapoo (678)
• United States
3 Apr 09
I do certain things on certain days because if I asked her what she wanted she would say a lunchable everday. So I just put whatever sandwich in the bag and the other things is what she likes anyway.
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@bluishrose (2291)
• Philippines
3 Apr 09
If ever by the time I have kids and they will be going to school I prefer to pack their food rather than buy themselves because sometimes kids buy junk food. To balance the situation maybe I'll pack some food for them and also give some money but only a small amount with the condition that they should eat their pack lunch.
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@lenapoo (678)
• United States
3 Apr 09
I thought about it before she started school. I decided brown bag it during elementary and then when she gets to middle school I'll send her w/ money on the days that she wants to eat what the cafeteria is serving. High School she can decide for herself what she would like to do.
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• United States
3 Apr 09
My kids go to school with lunch money BUT only because we qualify for reduced lunch. Otherwise she'd be brown bagging it also and she's such a fuss bucket (if her friends are eating it she'll eat it) and won't get her stuff togeather in the morning it saves me gas from having to run her lunch if she forgets.
@lenapoo (678)
• United States
17 Dec 09
My kids are little funny farms as well. So I started doing something that I thought they would like better. Whenever they bring the school lunch menu for the month home. I circle all the days that they will want to eat certain foods and then the days in between they bring their lunch. An my children qualified for reduced lunch as well so instead of paying 1.75 they only pay 0.80
• India
3 Apr 09
hi there i don't have children till now because i am just 22 yrs old ....... hahahaha
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• Philippines
4 Apr 09
yeah me too......... but I think its more better to let them bring food instead of lunch money coz atleast you know they are eating healthy foods.
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• Philippines
4 Apr 09
As a child, my parents just give me money to buy the foods I want to eat. I can say that it is nice, because they give me the freedom to choose what I want to eat. But as I grow up, I realized that I do not have the time to decide yet way back then. Since they give me a big amount of money, I will just buy anything I liked, or sometimes by social influence, I will buy the same foods that my friends are buying. (very childish isn't it???) Most of the time I buy: hotdogs, colas and junk foods. I did not like the foods being cooked in the canteen because it doesn't look appealing to me. During lunch, I normally eat BBQ pork and rice, but it tends boring sometimes, so if I am tired of eating it, I will shift to eating hotdog and rice. As a child I did not know the things such as e-coli bacterias, salmonella, amoebiasis, etc. which you can get if the food preparation is not right or not clean. I just realized it now that I am a grown up. On my own opinion, it still best if you send your child with both : bag lunch and lunch money. Bag lunch so that you know what they are eating is safe and nutritious (the only challenge for you is your child's honesty, that he really ate what you had prepared him. And that he did not just give it away to any friend or classmate) And send him just a little amount of money too so that he can buy at least a dessert from his lunch, a piece of chocolate perhaps. Because it doesn't also feel good for a child that he cannot buy the same thing that most of his friends are buying, a piece of candy or chocolate.
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@net101 (157)
• India
4 Apr 09
It is always better to send children with lunch and water. It inculcates regular eating habit of eating mostly home made stuff which is good for health. If children are used to home made things, they will avoid canteen made stuff. It is beneficial for long term health plan and avoiding doctors. Once in a while they can go with money, that they should always have with them not only for lunch but to meet any unforeseen expenses.
@xhaylea (363)
3 Apr 09
I would probably send them with whatever they are most comfortable with out of the choices. In winter i would put them on school dinners if thats what they wanted because as everyone knows the winter is very cold, and school dinners are normally hot and keep your body nice and warm when you eat them, although school dinners can always be the same food and it gets boring, so then id probably make them a packed lunch so they have whatever they want in their sandwhiches and things.
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@galileo2008 (1146)
• Philippines
3 Apr 09
If I will have my own children, I'd let them have their own packed lunch and a small amount of money for emergency use. I should have a weekly menu for that and to make sure that they're eating a nutritious food in school.
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@Fulltank (2894)
• Philippines
17 Dec 09
The school where we send our kids is only walking distance from home. Not only did we saved money but we also have the time to prepare their snacks and lunch. The maid brings lunch to them every day. They also have their snacks prepared for them. I rarely give money to them and they are used to this one.
• United States
1 Oct 09
My kids eat at the schol usually. Some days though, I'll make them a bag lunch because I know they won't eat what is on the menu. Sometimes it surprises me what the school has for the kids because it's something that isn't even appealing to me, an adult. I want them to eat at lunch so once in a while I'll bag them a lunch.
• Canada
1 Oct 09
I don't have kids. When I went to primary school my house was within walking distance of the school, so I went home for lunch. When I attended middle school and highschool, I made my own lunch. My step-father always had a saying "if I make my own, I can't complain about what goes in it!" That was his saying, and that's what he did. I thought it was a great ideea, since if I made my own lunch, I could make exactly what I wanted. I also had a few dollars of my own money, if I wanted to buy a little something extra.