Kansas - posted on 08/08/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )
My 8 year old will be starting 3rd grade in two weeks. Last year she started bringing her own lunches to school for cost as well as health. I should say that my girl isn't the typical 8 yo. She has a great palette and eats like a Top Chef. But because of this she is getting made fun of at school because of the types of food she's bringing. The worst incident was when she brought pan fried catfish with a jalapeno slaw and mediterannian style couscous (she usually packs leftovers). A little boy told her it looked like puke and it made him sick to sit near her, so he got up and moved as did a lot of the kids. She is so terrified of sitting alone and/or being made fun of by the end of the year she had devolved into bringing chicken and cheese sandwiches with applesauce. I know she'd rather eat our homemade food, but doesn't want to get made fun of. What should I tell her? Should I tell her to ignore them or offer them a bite or what? I don't want her thinking or pretending that our food isn't good just so she will make friends, but I dont' want her to be lonely or sad either.