How to handle school lunch teasing

A few weeks ago I had written about how my 5 year old gets teased for her lunches.  When the untouched lunch boxes would come home from school, I would get annoyed. After a few days of back and forth on why the school lunches were not being eaten, it turns out that a few of the kids in my daughter’s kinder class made fun of her lunches.

Her lunches vary, but the common theme is that they have some protein, some fruits and some veggies and occasionally a little treat. My kid is amazing eater. It broke my heart that she wasn’t eating her food. While I have been trying to figure out how to approach this situation, my 5 year old shared her perspective on school lunch teasing and bullying. As the cameras rolled, I learned so much about the mind of a 5 year old and how she was handling the food teasing…… the video to see what she says…I learnt a few lessons in watching her speak to the camera.


  1. Emily says:

    You should check out The Sandwich Swap by Queen Raina of Jordan Al Abdullah. It’s a great kids picture book about two best friends who get into a big fight because they each think the other has weird food in their lunches. (One has PB&J, the other has a pita and hummus.) Maybe it would be a good gift to your daughter’s classroom! It’s a fantastic book, with a great message and fun illustrations.

  2. Rashmi says:

    Thank you for the suggestion. Will definitely check the book out.

  3. oakley says:

    Rashmi, what a brave thing you and your daughter did, talking about school lunch teasing. Growing up in Thailand, I didn’t get teased for the choice of lunch–in a foodie country that we are, nobody ever did–but for having sensitive stomach and inability to handle spicy food. I never thought bringing food to school could be such an ordeal. What an eye opener.

  4. Rashmi says:

    Thank you for your feedback. I was really surprised to, when I heard her talk. It helped us understand how to navigate the waters.

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