Why I make lunch for my son (and your new favourite bread recipe)

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Let them eat bread

It’s been a while since my parenting has been brought into question by anyone other than my son. Or maybe I just haven’t cared for a while. That’s one of the best things about getting older you stop worrying what everyone thinks about your parenting. Or about you in general. And, to be honest, as your children grow up you begin to realise that it doesn’t really matter what the books or the playgroups or anyone else says – you’ve lost enough sleep and established enough love to know that it’s going to work out okay if you go with your gut, remember to feed them and show a lot of love.

But, as it happens, there must be some chinks in my armour because I let a few comments get through to me the other day when I spoke about making school lunch for my 14- year old son. It appears that some people find the idea that I make him lunch preposterous given that he’s 14 and can clearly slap a piece of cheese between two slices of bread and pop an apple and a muesli bar in his bag.  There was no doubt that some people believed I was doing him no favours, my parenting was just bad, I was not fostering his independence (which is laughable if you have met him).

I thought about how I could justify it, thinking about the fact that I want him to be a kid while he’s a kid and he has a whole sandwich making life ahead of him. But then I thought how lucky it was that I don’t actually have to justify it at all. I make my son his school lunch because I want to.

In fact I make lunch for my husband most days as well. And not just that – I bake bread for his sandwiches.

It’s yeast free which makes it super ridiculously quick and easy. It comes with no guilt about cooking for any member of your family and it’s about to become your favourite recipe.

Mix the following ingredients together and stick in a greased loaf tin at 180 degrees for 50 minutes or until cooked through

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3 cups wholemeal flour

2 tsps baking powder

600 ml butter milk

2 tbs honey

1 cup sesame seeds

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 tsp salt


And that, my dear readers, is how I am handling the criticism to my parenting – by letting them eat bread instead of cake.


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  1. Yummo! I think making lunch for your loved ones is an act of love & making the bread that makes the lunch is even more so! I make my hub’s lunch each day..D x

  2. You rock.
    That’s all.

  3. Amandarose says:

    People need to mind their own business I am thinking. You can make you son’s lunch of you want to and I am sure it makes him feel love and happy having you look after him.
    It is nice to be nurtured because one day like me you don’t have a mum anymore and you will never feel that looked after nurtured feel again. It dies with your mother.
    So I say get in as much of those little kindness and motherly love as you can while you can! One day he will leave home and forge his own life but that mothered form of love is one to cherish.
    Your bread also looks lovley – I might just give it a whirl.

  4. The best response ever, Lana. x

  5. People honestly got themselves worked up about this? For God’s sake. Of all the things. I can’t remember ever making my own lunch. Right up until year 12. Sometimes I had money and sometimes mum would make it for me. I managed to become a fairly self sufficient human being despite all the OTT smothering. Fancy that!

  6. Wolly Wally says:

    Hi, I have been cooking for my husband, bacon and egg nearly everyday for the last 23 years, plus lunch and dinner, and for my son,for breakfast, is leftover dinner generally pasta, or curries, jaffles, or mushroom omelette. I like the idea, that they both left the house to go to work and school, with a good feed, my husband need good energy for his physical job, and my son fuel for the brain for study. Well my son is twenty as goes to university, and I still cook breakfast for him, I am happy to cook for my family, and they are very appreciative of being feed, what you do in your home, is nobody business, like you say, there is the rest of their life, and sometimes, life can be cut short, I like to think that if this would happen I lived and loved to the fullest my family. :) Love to all ooxx


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