DD1 has been having her first full-day camp this week, and is supposed to bring a lunch and two snacks (a.m. and p.m.). She always eats the first snack that the kids do right away when they get there, but she leaves most of lunch and doesn't touch the afternoon snack -- then gets in the car and says she's hungry.
They did swimming yesterday and it was the first time she ate a decent lunch -- almost everything was gone and she even nibbled on her afternoon apple. But today when we got into the car and I checked her lunch box, she had only eaten the morning snack -- she didn't eat anything else all day! And she was ravenous, ate half of what was in her lunchbox on the way home and then had an early dinner. She's such a freaking trooper, she was in great spirits and the camp leaders said she had a good day. But going all day on breakfast + a cup of dry granola isn't good for a five-YO! And she's normally a really good eater.
I kind of thought I had everything covered -- packed things she likes, had her practice with the containers, sitting down and go over the morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack beforehand so she knows what is what, even included a few dollars today when they went rollerskating so she could buy a treat if she wanted one (we've been practicing having her pick things and pay for them herself IRL). But I suspect they're going some days without a structured lunch where everyone sits down together, and she's not the type to stop rollerskating or something if somebody just says at 11 a.m., "Eat when you're hungry, kids!" and doesn't actually call her over to eat.
There's only one day left, and I'll mention it to the camp people tomorrow, but sheesh, lesson learned. Poor kiddo and her empty belly. "Asking someone to make sure my kid eats" was not exactly on my radar this week.
DD1, 1/5/2008 ~~~ DD2, 3/17/2010