I admit I have no experience with teenagers. But my friend and faithful workout partner does, and has taught me a lot for that matter. Her 17 year old daughter has been going to Taco Amigo for lunch with her friends everyday. Whatever happened to closed campus's for lunch. It encourage fast food in the worst way. Of course nothing you say will keep your teenager from going to lunch if their friends are going. My friend has tried many things to talk her out of eating out. Then she tried getting some Bento boxes. A link from a commenter Amanda led her to an online store to buy some. Here is what her teenager said:
Mom, I was skeptical, but I love this and my friends all think it is so cool and I haven't been to Taco Amigo in a week'
and her 9 year old said all his friends love to look at his lunch and see what is in there -- the toothpicks are a favorite.
Above is a picture of her two younger boys packing their own bento boxes. Then one of the boxes filled for lunch below.
One step forward... two steps back. My kids came home with gift certificates from school yesterday for reading during the month of September. Flip flopper earned a free kids meal to Del Taco, ketchup boy; a free mini personal pizza from Pizza Hut, and cereal boy got a free sherbert twist from Hogi Yogi. How can I compete with that? They of course are determined to go.