I am so happy to announce that a column I wrote was posted on Babble’s website last week!
Is that Sandwich Smiling at Me? is my manifesto about the value of simple lunches for children.
Essentially, I was constantly getting frustrated by a stream of articles and blog posts that featured fun little culinary projects designed to, as paraphrased from my column, increase your child’s recommended daily intake of whimsy. It’s not that I don’t think those little sandwiches with faces and bodies aren’t cute. They are cute. I just think it’s crazy for a parent to attempt that level of food preparation to provide the contents of their kids’ lunchboxes.
Pack your child a nice basic sandwich with some fruit for lunch. Leave the decorating for the holiday cookies or the birthday party. Or at least for an occasion where you can keep the final product at home to admire and photograph, rather than encasing it in plastic and schlepping it off to sit in your child’s locker for five hours.
That’s how I see it. You certainly don’t have to agree. I’m all magnanimous like that.