Guilty of Not So Healthy School Lunches #happilyblended

The kids started the school year off fabulous, with school lunches that is. I used to let my oldest eat the hot lunch at school but she started to put on a lot of weight and so as an experiment, I started packing her a home made lunch. Sadly, her Dad wasn’t on board with me on that area so she still had and still has on occasion hot lunch when she’s at her Dad’s overnight during school year. This means my experiment really wasn’t tested out 100%, but it was tested enough so that I noticed a significant weight decrease in my daughter while she wasn’t having school night sleep overs at her Dad’s home. You see, school lunches are great for families who need to use them or prefer to use them, but for my family all the hot lunch at school did was make my daughter gain weight.

Hot Lunch vs Cold Lunch for Schools

When you are in a family with a pain in the butt metabolism that isn’t so quick, you have to be sure to watch what you eat. Being a Mom, I want to try my best to set good examples by eating better choices and preparing better choices for my children during all meal times. It all started out with my kids having wonderful options in their school lunches, this school year is the first year my three children are all in school full time which means all three have home made cold lunch from their Mama to bring to school.

Kid Number One and Kid Number Two are not so picky eaters. The lunches for the oldest and middle child are usually some form of peppers with a sandwich of some sort and crackers or occasionally some cheese curls or chips alongside a carpi sun roaring water. While all options my children have may not be healthy; they also switch between having chips or such with pineapple, apples or bananas. Always a healthier option with a balance. I believe in allowing your kids “goodies” but keeping a balance between goodies and healthy. Kid one and Kid two are easy to balance out.

It’s kid Number Three …. he is the world’s pickiest eater and most stubborn. He once went five nights without eating dinner because he was convinced he didn’t like what I was cooking & my rule is you have to try it or go without, he wouldn’t try it and was just fine going without .. FOR FIVE WHOLE NIGHTS.

Kid Number Three has a different setup for lunch; I have found he does like pineapples and he loves mandarin style oranges. This son also only likes peanut butter and jelly for sandwiches but lately I have been sneaking in honey and peanut butter {because he loves honey for nearly every dipping food he eats}.

Lately, I have been failing miserable with a healthy balanced school lunch for all three of my kids. With two weeks of not working, so essentially living on one income in the house it was draining us and things are falling behind a bit. That means my kids lunches have not been as healthy as they started off, but I still feel they are not allowing them to gain the weight like my daughter had gained that one school year she had hot lunch at school.

Do I feel like a horrible Mom? Not really. I do feel bad because the whole point to making my kids lunches is so that they have healthier options and I cannot afford them at the moment.

Why does eating healthier have to cost more?? It’s absurd. I can’t wait til Spring when we can start our first home garden!

 

The Cutest, Funniest Books Ever –

I am in love with the cute little series of books, An Elephant & Piggie Book. My four year old can read this, no joke! I am impressed.

An Elephant & Piggie BOok

Also, I must say that even though I am 31 years old, I laugh every time I read each of the books I have had a pleasure to read thus far in the Elephant & Piggie series.

I hope to own each of these books because once my kids are done with them, my niece may like them and if not, heck I will hang onto them for many moons later when I become a grandparent because these are the cutest books ever!

The Expenses of Parenting

Raising a child is an expensive endeavor. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the total cost of raising one child from birth to age 18 has risen by more than $60,000 in the past 10 years. That’s an increase of more than 40 percent, and those numbers are only expected to climb in the future.

Often, these circumstances make it difficult for the average middle-class American family to make ends meet. Whether it’s due to a low salary, high debt or other financially limiting circumstances, sometimes family members are forced to take up second jobs or apply for payday loans, which provide money for unexpected and emergency expenses with no credit check and a short application process. Although loans can be an effective solution for many financial problems, it’s important to be as prepared as possible for the cost of raising a child.

New Baby Expenses

One of the most expensive times in your child’s life occurs before he or she is even born. This is the time you begin making all the preparations for your expanding family. This includes buying a new house, painting a nursery and furnishing it with a crib, changing table and other furnishings. The new baby will also need toys, car seats, high chairs, bottles, bibs and plenty of educational and entertaining toys.

Living Expenses

As children grow, they’ll require even more of your household budget. Expect to spend as much as $3,000 on diapers alone, not to mention formula, baby food and eventually solid foods. Furthermore, as children grow they’ll need entirely new wardrobes as much as three or four times a year to accommodate the changing seasons and growth spurts. You’ll also spend more on your monthly utility bills and for gasoline to account for transportation to and from school and extracurricular activities.

Health

Your child’s health is of the utmost importance, which is why you should plan to take him or her to the doctor for regular wellness exams and check-ups for life. Furthermore, children are known to get bumps and bruises as they learn to walk and run, and they can also fall ill, which is why you should expect the possibility of having to pay for unexpected emergency room visits. You’ll also need to add your children onto your existing health insurance plan, which could cost hundreds of dollars more per month for a family premium rather than an individual premium.

Education

Other than the basic necessities of life, there’s perhaps no more valuable gift you can give your child than a quality education. This means careful selection of the right day care, preschool, elementary school, high school and, eventually, college. Throughout that time, you’ll be responsible for thousands of dollars’ worth of school supplies, as well as the cost of school lunches and elective activities. If you choose private schools, you could find yourself spending hundreds of dollars per month for a single child to attend day care, preschool or private school.

Considerations

In addition to taking up a second job or borrowing from a lender, there are other ways of managing your household budget to accommodate children. For example, instead of moving to a larger home or apartment in the city, consider relocating to the suburbs where housing is more affordable. Also, before you have children, take advantage of baby shower registries, where friends and family can purchase gifts for the new baby. Also, as your children grow, consider purchasing clothing at resale shops, and try looking for a home in a desirable public school district that will not charge you tuition fees.

Despite the high cost of raising children, millions of families have them every year. Although more than $200,000 to raise a child may sound like a lot, there are ways of coping with — and even curbing the costs. After all, there’s nothing wrong with being financially savvy parent.

 

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