February 6, 2020


Her daughter’s kindergarten teacher demanded that the mum explain why she had packed so much in her school lunchbox.

A surprised mum has taken to a popular facebook group to tell of her lunchbox embarrassment after her daughter’s kindergarten teacher contacted her to question the amount of food she had packed. Sharing a photo of the lunchbox along with her post, the mum admitted she is still figuring things out as she has never had a child at school before, but feels what she gave her daughter was a reasonable amount of food for the day.

Prepared For Anything

The mum pointed out that just because she included something in the lunchbox didn’t guarantee it would be eaten. “I explained to (the teacher) that she is a fussy kid, so one day she will eat something the next day she will act like it’s poison and not touch it,” she said. “I’m also trying to teach her a variety of foods because all this kid would eat is nuggets and sausages and eggs if I let her. She is also very active. So I would think after a huff and puff session, she would be feeling hungry.” The mum went on to say that the lunchbox was for both recess and lunch, and despite being generous, was full of mostly healthy options.

Unfair Criticism

Subscribers to the page were quick to rush to the mum’s defence, saying that the teacher was out of line to question her judgement. “This infuriated me,” wrote one commenter. “Your child is fed. Whether it’s too much. Whether it’s not enough. Whether it’s packaged. Whether it’s organic. You are sending your child with something. You are trying. You are being a mother. You should NOT be questioned!” Others agreed with the teacher saying it was too much food for a five year old. “Eleven different types of food does seem a little excessive considering she only has an eating window of about thirty minutes over the course of the whole day,” said one concerned parent.

While we’re sure the teacher had the best intentions, it can be a struggle to create the perfect school lunchbox five times a week, especially when your child has just started school, so we can totally relate to this mum’s experience!

Do you think this lunchbox is too much for a five year old? Share your opinion in the comments!

  • Some kids eat a lot and some kids don’t, it wasn’t junk food and the mum had the right intentions, she was trying her best.


  • The mother knows her daughter so it may be a lot of food but like she said if she is fussy at least she will find something she will eat so not go hungry.


  • My daughter’s teacher thought she had no food so took her to the tuck shop and got her some!!! I got a phone call to say she had no lunch!! I knew I had packed her lunch and when I got to the school it was all still in her bag??? She just didn’t want that food?? I got charged for the canteen food!!! When she already had food in her bag????? I made a rule that the kids were never ever ever allowed to eat the canteen food again or get punished??? I hate that! What if something really happens and they need it.


  • I overpack cause I want to make sure they have enough or if they don’t like something they have choices


  • It seems that no matter how much I pack I never get it right. If I put extra in so much goes to waste but then if I pull back the amount master 6 tells me it wasn’t enough. I think more is better and he will eat what he wants. I try to include stuff that won’t spoil so that he can finish it off after school if he’s hungry.


  • I wish she would pack my lunch. Everything seems healthy and so what if her daughter ate it all or not, at least she had a healthy choice.


  • What you feed to your child and how much is surely up to the parent – not the teacher. I didn’t know teachers went through kids lunch boxes? I’m surprised they have the time.


  • I think the teacher was wrong to critize you. Ok it is an excessive amount of food and your daughter probably wouldnt eat it all but as you say she is fussy at least it would give you peace of mind that she will at least eat something and wont starve.
    Keep doing what you are doing for YOUR Daughter


  • Most teachers are just happy when kids come to school with food to be honest, we see many that don’t.


  • Teachers need to but out they are not the parent. Kids will often not want they ask for so an alternative to be inthe box is common sense


  • I love the variety she offered. While I personally think maybe it is a little overboard, I don’t have a fussy child so I can’t relate to that issue. My daughter eats everything so I know I wouldn’t need that much of a selection. But good on her for trying to make sure her child would have plenty of options!


  • I think this Mum understands her child and their food needs/likes/dislikes better than anyone. I imagine there are a number of reasons why there is the amount of food present including variety and I think it has been well explained.


  • I think there is a lot of variety in their and alot of it is healthy. I wouldnt worry what others think


  • People are nuts


  • Who cares? It’s reasonably healthy and if the kid doesn’t eat it all, the Mum will soon realise not to pack so much. It’s not the teacher’s place to criticise unless it was something dangerous or very unhealthy


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