School lunches. Or: How I conquered the cold lunch demon.

Meet my new friend and mommy lifeline to school lunches .

So, I’ve only been an elementary school mom for about 3 weeks, but I’ve been dreading it for about 4.5 years. I hate lunch. I hate eating it. I hate serving it. I just don’t like lunch food. Professor X has been forced to had the privilege of serving both kids lunches for the last few years. Now that we’re at bagged lunches, I guess I had to take over. But never fear–he’ll be packing his own lunch soon.

I developed this anal check-list thingy for The Flash to pre-plan his weekly menu. He chooses one “main course” each day for the week. He then determines 2 snacks per day (at the teacher’s request). The menu choices and grid lines are written in wet-erase marker so they they stay up for several weeks. The check marks are in dry erase and wiped away weekly.

So far, this strategy has been wildly successful. My evenings making his lunch and mine are relatively stress free. Added bonus: he has no one to blame for his lunch choices but himself. This morning he whined when I told him he was having Mac and Cheese for lunch, “Again?!”

I shrugged.

I didn’t choose it.

I need your help. My lunch menu system needs a clever name to trademark and make gobs of money off of *snort*. Any ideas?

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  1. I love it! Sorry — no nifty names but I am utterly rotten at naming things. I just launched a post called “untitled”!


  2. That’s a neat idea! I can’t think of a really good name without coffee but the first that popped into my head was the ‘Lunch Bunch Chart’–guess I need that coffee ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. How about…Lunch Crunch? I don’t know…it’s early…I’ll go away and think some more:)

  4. wow – you’re so nice to give choices! B-man is basically content with soy nut butter and marmalade sandwiches every day (for now, at least!). :-p

    You could market the chart as a magnet chart – like those calendars and chore charts they have. :-p

  5. That is a great idea. As far as a title? Oh dear. I’m stuck.
    I do like Nap Warden’s suggestion. the Lunch Crunch. Has a nice ring to it.


    Choosey Chart


    Goodie Graph


    Delicious Decisions

    I have no idea. ???

  6. Love the idea… and the name, too. (What’s so terrible about Anal Check List Thingy?)

  7. You are so smart. Why couldn’t I have had my babies when you did, so I could pick up your great ideas? That lunch one’s a winner!
    I’ll be puzzling over a name…I may be a writer, but titles drive me crazy!

  8. What a great idea. You’re brilliant!

    PS: in order to type that exclamation point I had to hit “num lk”, then alt, then LL. My keyboard is still not working so I’ve figures out some work-arounds. :->

  9. Very cool idea ๐Ÿ™‚ I suck at naming things. I had a heck of a time naming my kid. I love N.W’s choice ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. SuperHero Cafe? Great idea! I might have to do something like this next year when I’ll have two kids to pack lunches for.

  11. That’s a great system you have going there! Hmm…I’m not so great at coming up with catchy names, though.

  12. You are a genius.

    How about this catchy title: Lunch Menu?


  13. Anonymous says:

    clever idea, Lunch Lotto comes to mind

  14. What a great idea and a fabulous way to help him be more independent and accountable. Love it! But sorry, no name recommendations. ๐Ÿ™

  15. That is a pretty keen idea. You could even put it on paper and laminate it to make it easier to wipe clean for the week.

  16. I love this idea too! I am going to have to try this once my little guy is school aged.

    Super Powered Lunch Planner?

  17. Great idea! How about Lunchin’ and Munchin’? Love reading your blog. =)

  18. I might have to implement your idea – right when I said he was fine with the same sandwich every day, I find out this week that he’s getting tired of them! :-p

  19. wow, super idea! Will have to file that away for next year ๐Ÿ™‚

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