The fall of the vegemite sandwich

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When did school lunches become such a challenge? I thought maybe it was just my kids, but I’ve now had this confirmed by all the mums working in this office with me. Kids don’t like sandwiches anymore.

Mother of three and avid traveller Deborah Dickson-Smith, blogs about last weekend…

When I was at school, I had cheese and vegemite sandwiches for lunch every single day for pretty much the entirety of my school life. Occasionally, very occasionally, I was able to swap one for Devon and tomato sauce (what a treat! Devon wasn’t allowed in our house – mum thought it was common).

My kids, however, don’t like bread, or don’t like butter, or don’t like vegemite. They do like Nutella and peanut butter but of course that’s not allowed in lunchboxes because our school is a nut-free zone.

And there’s no point in just forcing them to take vegemite sandwiches to school in their lunchboxes because at the end of the week I’ll have thrown away three lots of five uneaten sandwiches.

So I spend my days making tuna salad wraps, cheese and bacon scrolls, quiche and home-made sausage rolls. Fruit has to be chopped up and placed into little Tupperware containers because apparently it’s too much effort for my kids to eat an apple whole.

All in an effort to avoid spending a small fortune on rubbish at the school canteen. I’m not saying school canteens only offer rubbish, just that I can’t trust my kids to order salad sandwiches – they’re more likely to buy a pie or a packet of Twisties. Like I used to.

So is there an easy solution? I’d love to hear it!

Deborah’s first trip with a bub of 4 months involved a 26-hour flight with no sleep, which is exactly when she realised travelling would never be the same. This has only been further confirmed as her family has grown. She’s lived in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Edinburgh, London and is now reasonably settled in Sydney’s northern beaches with her three children — who are now all seasoned travellers.