With the new school year just around the corner, it’s an exciting and anxious time for kids as they get ready for their first day – but new research out today has revealed that it’s also parents who are feeling the pressure at back to school time.

Parents have school books to buy, uniforms to prepare and morning carpools to run, however it appears that the daily lunchbox preparation is causing the most pressure amongst mums and dads.

The research, conducted by the Independent Grocers of Australia, IGA, has revealed that 8 out of 10 parents feel parents say they feel time pressured when making their children’s lunch boxes.

Almost 9 in 10 (87 per cent) struggle to keep their children excited by the contents of their lunchbox.

If packing lunches that please isn’t pressure enough, two thirds of parents are feeling the pressure from other parents, teachers or friends.

A quarter (28 per cent) that say there is even competition among other parents when it comes to preparing school lunches

With over half of parents in Australia having part-time or full-time jobs, it’s no surprise that mums and dads have their hands full, and as a result of this, 8 in 10 admit to using time saving methods such as purchasing pre-packaged snack items.

So, in an effort to inspire mums and dads across the nation, and help them to become ‘lunchbox legends’, IGA has today launched its new online hub offering exciting and cost – effective lunchbox ideas for kids.

With nutrition at the heart of IGA’s lunchbox inspirations, the local grocer has worked closely with a local nutritionist to ensure the recipes have plenty of healthy options for parents to choose from, presented in a creative way for kids to enjoy.

The research also showed that more than a third of parents have found out that their children have swapped lunchbox items, and so, to avoid this continuing, IGA has provided some tips for making healthier, guilt-free lunchboxes that kids will love:

  • Don’t be afraid to use colour; including a range of fresh fruit and vegetables such as blueberries, carrots, cherry tomatoes and strawberries this will help to create a ‘wow’ factor.
  • Get creative with shapes; cookie cutters are great for sandwiches. Get your kids to help choose the shapes they love to make everyday sandwiches a little more exciting. If you struggle to get your kids to eat sandwiches, cut off the sharp end and serve meats, cheeses and fruit on skewers.
  • Bake some healthy muffins or biscuits during the weekend and keep a batch in the freezer so you can whip them into the lunchbox each morning – they’ll stay fresh and ready to eat by morning tea.
  • Try making lunches the night before so you’re not feeling rushed or pressured in the morning before school.
  • If your kids love getting stuck in with you in the kitchen, get them involved with packing their own lunches and make it fun task you can do together.

Visit IGA for easy and inspirational lunchbox ideas!

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  • Luckily my two youngest are both just in kinder and love all sorts of fruit and veg, hopefully they wil like what ever they help me prepare, they have a fruit and veg garden they are excited to eat from


  • It doesn’t really add that much pressure when you think about it. It’s a bit hectic in the morning and straight after school is busy too, then it settles down a bit. I miss my kids school days


  • This was an interesting mini article. Thanks for posting!


  • Oh I dread the day I have to start preparing school lunches!


  • My little girl started school this year and she is a fussy eater. She loves chicken nuggets so I bake chicken nuggets at home and pack it for her. Her fruits choice change every day! One day she like yellow veggies another day she only like green veggies. It is a stressful job, hopefully she will settle down soon. I get so upset when she comes home with the lunch untouched.


  • it s great to read these things fantastik really


  • looks good


  • sounds awesome and looks great

    • yes i think that this article is a well written one as well.


  • this is why we do bento lunches they are always fun and easy


  • some great ideas….thank you!


  • I agree, routine is king.


  • yeah school pick up and drop off are the most stressful part


  • The dreaded lunchbox! So hard to entice kids to eat when they could be playing with their friends!


  • Routine, that’s my main weapon.


  • Thank you for the great tips, looking forward to putting them in action.


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