Her daughter’s kindergarten teacher demanded that the mum explain why she had packed so much in her lunchbox.

A surprised mum has taken to a popular facebook group to tell of her lunchbox embarrassment after her daughter’s kindergarten teacher contacted her to question the amount of food she had packed. Sharing a photo of the lunchbox along with her post, the mum admitted she is still figuring things out as she has never had a child at school before, but feels what she gave her daughter was a reasonable amount of food for the day.

Prepared For Anything

The mum pointed out that just because she included something in the lunchbox didn’t guarantee it would be eaten. “I explained to (the teacher) that she is a fussy kid, so one day she will eat something the next day she will act like it’s poison and not touch it,” she said. “I’m also trying to teach her a variety of foods because all this kid would eat is nuggets and sausages and eggs if I let her. She is also very active. So I would think after a huff and puff session, she would be feeling hungry.” The mum went on to say that the lunchbox was for both recess and lunch, and despite being generous, was full of mostly healthy options.

Unfair Criticism

Subscribers to the page were quick to rush to the mum’s defence, saying that the teacher was out of line to question her judgement. “This infuriated me,” wrote one commenter. “Your child is fed. Whether it’s too much. Whether it’s not enough. Whether it’s packaged. Whether it’s organic. You are sending your child with something. You are trying. You are being a mother. You should NOT be questioned!” Others agreed with the teacher saying it was too much food for a five year old. “Eleven different types of food does seem a little excessive considering she only has an eating window of about thirty minutes over the course of the whole day,” said one concerned parent.

While we’re sure the teacher had the best intentions, it can be a struggle to create the perfect school lunchbox five times a week, especially when your child has just started school, so we can totally relate to this mum’s experience!

Do you think this lunchbox is too much for a five year old? Share your opinion in the comments!


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  • Honestly, this is becoming a joke. My son’s kinder requests nude food only. So I have to open packaging at home… it doesn’t reduce waste, it just ensures the school doesn’t have to deal with it.

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  • I think this Mum made the perfect lunch box for her child. While it may seem over the top to some people, I think she is giving her daughter choices. I’d rather give my kids a lot so they can choose than send what I think and they end up eating nothing. My boys would share their food with their friends.

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  • Good on Mum, I think it’s a great idea to give her Daughter a choice, at least that way, she’ll hopefully eat something. I know when I pack my Daughters lunch for Pre-School and mine for work, by the time we get to eat it, we don’t feel like what I’ve packed. If the Teacher had a problem with it, maybe she could of just asked the Mum why!

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  • Maybe it could have been brought up in a different way eg. you have provided fantastic and healthy snacks for your child but you’re concerned there’s too much and not enough time. It’s all in the delivery. And this Mum is new, so it’s about explaining to her what will work best in the environment with the time allowed. This would have been way too many choices for my child – keep it simple. Perhaps involve her child in what she’s putting into her lunch box as her child might too be overwhelmed by all that is in there. Everyone’s just trying to do their best.

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  • It’s more than I pack but I’ve seen others with very similar lunchboxes I think the teacher overstepped. Sometimes they need to mind their business.

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  • I don’t think there is a problem. The teacher saw something ‘unusual’ and drew it to the mother’s attention. It takes a village. The mum can take or leave it. Maybe the teacher was right, maybe not. But at least the mother can consider/reflect on portion serves now; and/or whether what she was doing is the best way to achieve what she was hoping.

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  • I wonder if the teacher is a parent and has actually seen what a 4-5 year old is capable of eating especially over that morning tea/lunch period. This Mum is doing an incredible job!

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  • What a lucky child and a great Mum. She is ensuring her daughter will eat during the day giving her a range of choices – all healthy. I would rather have that than a hungry child

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  • Maybe we are not hearing the full story surly the teacher either didn’t mean it in that way or was miss heard

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  • Damned if you do, damned if you don’t! So much judgement these days. Blinkers on!

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  • I think she’s obviously an amazing and caring mum who has gone to so much trouble, you can see the love she’s put into that lunch. Good on her!

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  • We as parents cant win, looks great!

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  • So healthy and you still can’t win!

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  • My first thought as soon as I looked at the photo was “Wow, so much food!” Then I saw it was for a kindergarten age child, blew my mind. I think there’s too much, but it’s all healthy, and the mums still learning. Give her a break. Now it’s been bought to her attention, I’m sure she will moderate.

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  • My child is a nibbler. He likes a variety of foods to choose from. The child may not eat it all bit at least she won’t be hungry!

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