The 9yo is a good eater that understands (intellectually at least) that she must eat lots of different veggies in order to be healthy. That said, she’s still nine and getting her to eat those veggies can be infuriating when she’s going through her picky phases. Ours are more taco-n-nacho than pasta-n-cheese, but they are no less frustrating come dinner time.
I try to dial it back for lunch duty…I have no magic formula for packing a healthy lunch. My biggest concern is that she stay fueled – no introduction of new and exciting things (’cause that’s more about me) and I make sure that she gets an itsy-bitsy voice in what ends up in her tiffin. All that means is giving her a couple of choices at the bulk bins when we’re shopping and remembering to ask things like “Apple or pear?” as I am packing her meal in the morning. In return, I get an empty lunch box instead of a grouchy kid at the end of the day. That’s worth it, no?