Saturday, February 19, 2005


Was at the gym, reading my copy of Parents magazine (lay off, I'm letting my subscription expire next month) and I saw a piece on ways to get your kids off to school without yelling at them. All the tips themselves were fairly practical and I could see how they would decrease stress and save time, e.g., make your kids' lunches the night before, make sure their bookbags and any coats they need are right by the front door, etc.

But the picture that went with the "make your kids' lunches the night before" was what caught my eye. It was a picture of two typical brown lunch bags, BUT the bags were decorated very nicely and painstakingly with different colored magic markers, with the kids' names on each, and each bag was sealed with a different sticker.

I nearly fell off the eliptical trainer, laughing. If the goal of these tips is to help parents become less harried, then why show those perfect Martha-Stewart lunchbags? It'd even be one thing if these were those nylon, reusable sacks. Sure, decorate those. But this was a disposable brown paper bag. So, in other words, the picture implies that Mom should be spending her "spare" minutes every night creatively decorating her children's brown bags. Which, the way I look at it, totally obviates the time you save in the morning by having prepared their lunches the night before.


Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

No, no, no! You don't get it. What you do is you HIRE SOMEONE to do the decorating. You just make the sandwiches. Didn't Parents' Magazine teach you anything?

7:05 PM, February 19, 2005  
Blogger Phantom Scribbler said...

You laugh. My mother actually drew elaborate artwork on our disposable paper lunch bags. Before she had a total emotional breakdown, that is....

10:22 PM, February 19, 2005  

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