From a tin of fruit to frozen fish finger sandwiches – parents have confessed the worst things they have given their kids
If you’ve ever had to make a packed lunch for your child, you’ll know the feeling.
Even the most organised of parents can find themselves staring back at an empty fridge with an open lunchbox and little to fill it with.
But if you’ve ever experienced that terror – followed by shame when you pack your kids off with something out of the ordinary or less than nutritious – you can rest assured you are not alone.
Plymouth parents have been revealing on social media the worst things they’ve sent their children to school with for their lunch.
Whilst some have been accidents, others have been bad decisions or a case of having nothing else to pack into their lunchbox.
From tomato sauce sandwiches, tinned fruit accompanied by a tin opener and a block of cheese, people have owned up to some hilarious mistakes and weird food habits.
Tracey Fuller said that many years ago, she sent her then seven-year-old son to school with his sandwich box – but he complained that his lunch was not nice and it turned out he had been given the wrong lunch.
She said: “Years ago I sent my son, who was seven at the time to school with his sandwich box.
“When I collected him he said he didn’t like his lunch, on closer inspection I had put the wrong tub in his school bag.
“His sandwiches where still in my fridge, my poor son had a block of corned beef.”
Nicky Wardle’s daughter had a similar incident and also took out the wrong container – but she didn’t complain as it contained two blocks of cheese – YUM.
Leanne Taylor was once called into school on the first day back after the summer holidays, as she sent her son in with an “unacceptable” packed lunch.
She was told her son was given a cooked school dinner as he had mouldy bread and “half-eaten biscuits”.
Leanne said: “I sat there miffed hearing how the lunch I sent was unacceptable and then they pulled out his lunch box from before the half-term.
“They didn’t like it when I then told them they had no common sense whatsoever, and to go and find the right lunch bag.”
Some lunches were x-rated…
Danielle Jackett admitted that she once opened her lunch to find a packet of Ann Summers chocolate biscuits in the shape of male genitalia.
She said: “My mum used to work for Ann Summers back in the early 90s. Me and my sister got sent with some chocolate willies as she had run out of biscuits.”
Danny Wright once went to school with food and treats intended for the cat.
He said: “Mum, remember when you sent me to school with a sachet of Whiskers and a dental stick?
“When I got home there was a ham sandwich and an apple in the cat bowl.”
One head teacher called Holly Sumner into the school after finding women’s hygiene products in a child’s lunchbox.
It turned out that her four-year-old daughter had emptied the food from her bag and filled it with tampons without her mum’s knowledge.
“That was a slightly awkward conversation” said Holly.
Gemma Roberts tagged Karen and said: “You could tell a few tales, frozen fish finger sandwiches”.
Sarah Jane lovingly packed her son’s lunch and thought she sent him to school with a boiled egg, but she said she “forgot” that she had used them all, sending him to school with an uncooked egg.
Then there are the weird and wonderful combinations children love, or parents think their children love…
Rachel Garlick used to chuck the sandwiches her mum made her in the bin.
She said: “My mum made me scrambled egg sandwiches on white soggy bread. They went in the bin everyday, still haven’t told her.”
Justine Squance packed her child a tortilla wrap that just had ketchup in it – tasty.
Sarah Potter said that her son also requested tomato sauce sandwiches.
“His favourite sandwich even now at 13, is tomato sauce. The school must have thought we were poor” she said.
Lesley-Anne Lupton said: “My mum once sent my brother in with a tin of fruit and a can opener.”
Andrew Blackwell and Helen Cooper both agreed that paste sandwiches are the worst things to go in a packed lunchbox.
Helen said: “Can’t say I’ve ever given my kids anything they didn’t like, but my mum used to give me sandwich spread which I always called pig sick.
“I mean come on who eats that stuff.”
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