I’m saddened and relieved by sending my toddler to school this fall. We played this crazy juggle game with family (thank you Nana and Grammy), friends, and a church intern for the past 16+ months to help take care of Cooper while my husband and I worked full-time. I have realized that the mental strain and stress of managing this crazy schedule where everyday was different has put a huge toll on my mental capacity. There were many days/times where I was scrambling to find childcare last minute due to an illness or trip conflicting with our “normal” crazy routine. So we decided to simplify and put him in school/daycare.

However, now that he is starting school I have to give up control, which is a blessing and a curse. I am not the happiest about my child’s school lunch and snack offerings, even though I can see they are trying, and it could be worse. So I will be packing some of my own items and telling them that he can’t have juice, go-gurt, smore’s mix, etc. I wanted to let all my mama friends know that it is okay to advocate for your child’s health and that means helping chose what he/she can or can’t eat and drink. And to all you mama’s that pack your child’s lunch, have fun with it and get creative – Pinterest has a lot of great ideas. And make sure your child has a fruit and vegetable in their lunch!

Sarah Caudle, PA-C