Mum FORCED to write note to justify her son’s lunchbox


Content Editor / March 07 2019

Lunchbox shaming is not uncommon, with lunchboxes being rejected for having tiny teddies in them, chocolate cake and mini cookies being sent home – and one mum was even scolded for supplying too much food!

However, lunchbox shaming has now gone to a new level, with parents being forced to add explanatory notes to their children’s lunchboxes in order to justify to teachers why they are not as ‘healthy-looking’ as they might like.

A Queensland Mum shared a note she’d written on her son’s lunchbox in a Facebook group with the caption “the struggle is real”.

Her young son, who has sensory issues, needs to eat particular foods, however she felt the need to clarify with teachers why it appeared as though he only had snack foods.

“My lunchbox may not look healthy, BUT it’s all I will eat. Please be patient as I work through my sensory issues,” the note said.

Her son's lunch included corn on the cob, an apple, popcorn, chip sticks and sesame snaps. Actually looks pretty healthy to us!

“As awesome as my child is, he isn't able to quite articulate exactly why he never has a sandwich or wrap for lunch and prefers to munch on popcorn instead,” she wrote.

Parents were very quick to support the mum, commending her for supporting her son and for also giving him healthy choices.

“As long as you don't take chocolate and lollies then I don't see why some things are such a problem,” said one.

“Looks healthy babe. I love your note, that's awesome, I'm going to borrow for my boy for kindy. I adore your advocacy for your child,” added another.

“This is such a great solution! While it's sad such a message needs to be written it helps teacher awareness. The trend for healthy food monitoring is at its extreme,” wrote a third.

Nicola Conville has worked as a journalist and editor for more than 20 years across a wide range of print and online publications. Her areas of expertise are parenting, health and travel. She has two children; Lucy, age eight, and Nathan, age five.