I’m a teacher – parents always make the same mistake with their kids’ packed lunches

A TEACHER shamed parents for making the same mistakes when preparing their children’s packed lunches.

A TikTok user and preschool teacher has come online to uncover seemingly common classroom mistakes.

A teacher has urged parents to be extra careful when packing their students' lunches


A teacher has urged parents to be extra careful when packing their students’ lunchesPhoto credit: Getty

internet influencer @abbytheballerina urged parents to make sure the lunches they give their children are easy to open so they don’t have to rely on others for help.

She also recommended peeling any fruit you give your kids to eat beforehand — and warned against spreading peanut butter on sandwiches.

Nut allergies are recognized as a major problem in schools as well as on public transport, including airplanes.

Abby insisted her video: “Please send your child the lunch they can open.

“I don’t want to spend the whole lunch hour — my only chance to sit down — sitting here opening everyone’s things.

“Do a dry run at home first and show them how to open it, because I’ve had kids who have had trouble with it.”

She also demanded, “Please stop giving your kids peanut butter for lunch.”

She recommended sunflower butter instead, stressing, “It doesn’t taste all that different” as part of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — commonly known as PBJs in the US.

And she also said: “I love it when parents peel the fruit beforehand.”

“I don’t want to peel your kid’s orange, especially when I have ten other kids that I have to open snaps and other things for.

“I love it when they are peeled first.”

Your suggestions were welcomed by the people who replied on TikTok.

A fellow teacher posted, “So many parents don’t do this and it makes my job so much harder.”

Another commenter said, “I used to be a preschool teacher and I love that.”

Abby was also told, “I didn’t even think about peanut butter and I wrapped my kid a PBJ last week – thanks for posting that.”

However, she also met some skepticism, responding, “Just because a kid has an allergy doesn’t mean the whole class has to change their lunch.”

Another viewer wrote, “Wait, kids can’t have peanut butter anymore?”

“Is the allergy more severe or more common these days? I ask seriously.”

A recent study from the University of Southampton suggests that babies should be fed peanut butter from four months of age to help prevent allergies.

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The spread was invented in 1884 by Canadian chemist and physicist Marcellus Gilmore Edson.

Concerns have been raised about the presence of insect fragments in peanut butter, but health experts insist the butter remains safe.

Easy-to-open lunch boxes are making teachers' lives better, says a TikTok user


Easy-to-open lunch boxes are making teachers’ lives better, says a TikTok userPhoto credit: Getty
In an online video, parents were given tips on how to prepare children's snacks


In an online video, parents were given tips on how to prepare children’s snacksPhoto credit: @abbytheballerin

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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