This morning, as I grabbed the lunch bag to pack for the 6.5-year-old’s lunch. Inside was the small container of four carrots… carrots still inside.

I firmly reminded my son that, if I pack carrots, the carrots need to be eaten at lunch.

“But mom, I didn’t have time!”

“Okay,” I said, “Then please eat the carrots first, and then move on to everything else. I am going to pack three NEW carrots in your lunch today, please make sure to eat them.”

“Okay, mom. I will look in my lunch and see what is yummiest, eat that first, and then eat the carrots.”