Silly Mom and Dad. I don't know why I thought that would work. Before we knew it, Whitney's lunches were coming home virtually untouched. She would arrive in the afternoons totally starving and nothing we did seemed to help. Our frustration and concern kept getting worse.
Then one day we got a note home from Whit's teacher that Whitney wouldn't eat her lunch again, but she got up from the table and walked to another student's school lunch and stole a tater tot to eat. Huh, well, that certainly was a surprise.
So the next day Melanie and I sent a couple dollars with Whitney to buy school lunch instead of sending a brown bag lunch from home. The results were amazing! Her teacher reported that Whitney was so excited to stand in the lunch line with the other kids. She got her own tray of sweet and sour chicken with rice which is a pretty challenging and unfamiliar food for Whit. She ate some of the chicken and all of the rice! That's way more eating than her usual couple of nibbles from her favorite sandwich and chips.
So Melanie and I don't have to pack a lunch in the mornings anymore, and Whitney eats better than ever by going through the lunch line. Some days will go better than ever, but what a relief to find the secret to making her eat at school.
Raising Whitney has filled our life with the unexpected. Just when we think we know what's best for her, she goes and does what she wants and it turns out even better.
About the picture: Whitney's 2010 school photo