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The Quilty Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

Full-contact competitive motherhood

I'm hoping I don't insult anyone here, but I was just reading this funny little article on scary mommy: Back to School: the 70's vs Today.


Which got me thinking (always dangerous).


I have two kids - 18 & 14. I am also a working mom, and have been for the whole of their lives. My husband has been a stay-at-home dad, briefly a homeschooling dad while we were looking for a suitable program for our son (who was diagnosed with autism at 3), and has been a part-time employed dad. 


Never did either of us consider making our children lunches that looked anything like this:



And I can't help but think that both of my kids would have been COMPLETELY HUMILIATED to open their lunchboxes to display something like that.


Is this actually a thing? Do people actually do this for (to?) their children's lunches?


I mean, it is cute, but it looks like it would take effing hours to create little carrot eyes for the kitty sandwich and mouse-shaped cheese and crackers. And who the hell has children who will eat ham wrapped green-beans and carrot sticks? And what is even the point of the lettuce lining, except, possibly, to make the sandwich soggy. And don't even get me started on the vaguely-swastika-shaped carrot bits.


Is it any wonder that mothers feel inadequate? It isn't enough that elf-on-the-shelf forces already frazzled holiday parents to make real messes in the service of a pretend elf, which they then have to really clean up. Now lunches are supposed to look like animals?


That is madness.