Today I dealt with unexpected peer pressure. For the first time, Rachel and her fellow classmates ate lunch together in their homeschool co-op classroom -- not in the gymn with their families. Perhaps for the first time, Rachel realized her lunch was different. Her lunch was not fun.
Rachel's lunch did not contain white bread, it did not have sandwich meat, nor any type of chips. There were no fun drinks or cool desserts (except for the homemade oatmeal cookie). Rather, her lunch consisted of a wholegrain bagel spread with butter, an apple and the aforementioned cookie. (She vetoed the cheese that the rest of us also enjoyed). Oh, and she also had a water bottle.
It's funny that I had the same reaction (though silently) two years ago when we started homeschool co-op. But the difference doesn't bother me, I'm the parent. But now I have a daughter who realizes what she has is different and not fun. She would definately prefer the other food.
I guess some more education is in order -- to make sure the kids understand why we eat the things we do and don't normally eat other things. I think some creativity is also going to be required. Healthy lunches can be fun (it just takes more planning and more time on mom's part).
I wonder what the kids will think when they find out I ditched the valentine's chocolates in favor of giving them dried fruit and nuts. I don't think I imagined myself as this kind of mother when I was a kid....