Mum-of-three begs other parents to ‘lower lunchbox standards’ so kids who don’t have fancy meals don’t feel unloved

PACKING a lunchbox for your kids that's both nutritious, affordable and that they'll actually eat is a challenge at the best of times.

Now one mum-of-three has begged other parents to lower the "standard", claiming a wave of fancy children's food trends risks making some feel "unloved".

Laura Mazza, a blogger who runs Mum On The Run, has slammed the growing appearance of bento box-style meals featuring low-sugar and organic groceries.

In a frustrated post on Facebook, she wrote: "Being a parent in 2020 is some bulls**t, let me tell you."

The mum – who frequently shares the honest reality of motherhood online – continued: "I have spent three hours nay more, looking up bento boxes, protein to carbohydrate to sugar ratios for those little compartments and how to make the food look like a happy koala in a tree, with little love heart toothpicks coming out of it and watermelon shaped love heart eyes to prove to my child he is not unloved.

"Because all the other kids have these extravagant lunches and his mother just wants to go back to the good old days of being a parent in ‘91 where she got a soggy tomato sandwich wrapped half assed in cling wrap in a paper bag and she got what she got and she didn’t get upset.

"Who started this bulls**t? Who set the standard like this? Stop it. Stop it.

"Because of you I have to cut a sandwich into a turtle, make pretzels from scratch and make an organic, double choc chip muffin that’s hidden with vegetables and mixed in with fairy tears with a side of bliss balls ladened with my kidneys."

Laura added: "If you need me I’ll be down the Pinterest rabbit hole, taking out a small loan for stackable self heating spaghetti tubs. Let’s collectively lower the standards people."

Her post received over 1,000 'likes' and more than 560 comments as people praised her for speaking up.

One person wrote: "Omg yes! My daughter starts full time school next week and it’s making me feel bad that I just usually send her with a wrap, fruit and yoghurt."

Another commented: "This made me laugh out loud – 'fairy tears'.
I used to try harder and stress out so much because of what others may think. Now I give my kids what I think they want / need / like and to hell with all the 'rules'."


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A third shared: "Omg seriously what happened to the sandwich and piece of fruit???? I refuse to be sucked into the drama that is school lunches packed with numerous options."

And a fourth added: "This is my favourite post yet."

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