Friday Lunch Box
Posted on: July 20, 2010. Comments ( 253 )

Author: A. Duraivel Gopal, Chennai.

First, a small introduction about me as a preamble to the topic. I am widowed about two years ago when my wife died leaving behind me and our 8 months old daughter and 7 year old son. From then on I had to play a dual role at home (father and mother). As a conscious fat(mot)her I wanted to give the best to my children and to an large extent they should not miss anything b’cos of loss of their mother.

Now, let me come to my daughter who is 2.5 years now and for the last four-five months she is in a play school, spends about 3 hours everyday. Mostly only moms come in to the playschool, to drop the children, school function, trip, etc and I will be lone dad in those school events. How do I make my daughter feel she is special?

I have started making her lunch box slightly different every Friday, the same food (dosas, chappati, etc) is made in a different look and feel. I started designing dosas on the “tawa” and called it (at least me and my daughter), aeroplane dosa, girl dosa, star dosa, shapes, giraffe dosa, traffic light dosa, etc. This little thing has helped my daughter to eat at school (without getting fed by someone) and at the same time she felt very special. In fact the school teachers are now looking forward for Jasmitha’s (my daughter) “Friday Lunch Box”

Thanks for reading; I need to think of what snacks for next “Friday Lunch Box” in the new school year.


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Comments (253)

 

  1.  
    Shalini Agarwal says:

    I feel truly inspired n touched by Ur abundant love n dedication towards Ur loving kids.Thanks

  2.  
    Latha says:

    Its amazing the effort you r taking to make ur kids feel special. keep it up, ur kids are very lucky.

  3.  
    Adrian C.p. Lambert says:

    Very impressive and touching. You are an ideal father. Hats off to you!

  4.  
    Poonam Negi says:

    You are a great dad, an inspiration to all of us!! Hats off to you, I salute your attitude..

  5.  
    Jayalakshmi says:

    Great work !!! and I too going to follow
    your idea… will share my child experience

  6.  
    Mamth S Mudgal says:

    Fantastic. Jasmitha’s is lucky to have Fat(mot)ther like you.

  7.  
    Pritam Shetty says:

    I add some riddles and puzzles. Not too simple. Just enough to strain the brain. I keep it in the pencil box.

    Solution is in a post it note on a book I know my kid will use during the last or penultimate period.

  8.  
    K.v.ramarao says:

    Hi Durai sir !

    Sure both your kids must be doing quite well.

    Please continue to post your thoughts and keep inspiring us .

    Warm regards

    Ramarao,K.V.

  9.  
    Janhavi Jagdishchandra Mayekar says:

    Thanku very much for excellent an idea

  10.  
    Savitha says:

    Very innovative. I will try this idea. Thanks for sharing.

  11.  
    Rutuja says:

    Such a genius dad u r….god bless you and ur family

  12.  
    Prasath says:

    Hats off to you sir.. God Bless !!

  13.  
    Anuradha says:

    So lovely to see your food creations..:-) Hats off to you, sir..! Good bless..

  14.  
    Richa Tiwari says:

    Very touching ..very creative thanx fr the beautiful input.

  15.  
    Dhanalakshmi says:

    You are a gr8 dad. keep rocking

  16.  
    Rupali Umesh Nangare says:

    gr8 .my good wishes are with you and your kids.

  17.  
    Arathi says:

    Even my daughter is a fussy eater.I must try this out .thanks sir. God bless.

  18.  
    Kartik says:

    Very impressive and excellent fat(mot)her you are.
    Your Children would be happy to have a proud fat(mot)her.

    God bless

  19.  
    Deepa says:

    Amazing dad.I will surely try this Friday lunch box idea.

  20.  
    Monika Shenoy says:

    Beautiful thought…’ The Friday lunch box’….wow..

  21.  
    Shankar Chavan says:

    Thanks for such a lovely input, the name is excelent ” The friday Lunch Box” . I will try this and come back to you. This should work with my Son who is just six years old.

  22.  
    kavitha says:

    Really touching… So caring of u… I really like your thoughts… God bless u…

  23.  
    Dilip Kumar R says:

    Similar type of dishes I made some time back, but without colors. Am going to try for my kids with colors. Thanks to Durai.

  24.  
    Dr. Nilanjana Bairagi says:

    Great ideas and very creative! I lost my dad as a child but I still remember his creative way of packing our lunch boxes sometimes- creative shapes with bread/ butter/ jam, fruits, etc. Your kids will definitely carry it on….. and admire their great Dad!

  25.  
    Ramanathan says:

    Good and thought provoking.

  26.  
    Varsha Rajesh Damodar says:

    Good inititaive .Definitely I will implement it for my kids.Your kids are very lucky.
    My best wishes are there along with you and your family.

    Regards,
    Swara and Sai’s mom

  27.  
    Manisha Sanjay says:

    Yep its a very good Idea

  28.  
    DEVARAJ says:

    I like very much this idea,

  29.  
    Saravanan says:

    Great work & idea too..;)

  30.  
    madhan says:

    Thank u so much for an Excellent idea and am really wondering that how do u manage Home and Office!

  31.  
    T. Thiruppathi says:

    Very interesting, Kudos to Jasmitha’s father.

  32.  
    Sujatha says:

    Very touching. I used to do this some time back with chapattis and dosas. I used to make a big sugar paratha/poori and used new clay cutters to cut exotic shapes. Kids loved them.
    With dosas, I used to make cindrella’s castle, tortoise etc.. I used podi/oil for the texturing. Ofcourse, it used to be unplanned. I would get the message of unsatiscfation aby regular dosas at 8.45am, make some design by 8.50 and my husband would drop by 9.00 am in school.

  33.  
    Ramachandran says:

    very touching. these innovative things will make our kids happy.

  34.  
    anjali rani says:

    so caring of u..i do the same..but making triangles,square,rectangles,stars,alphabets and numbers..etc..and also use colors to make in more appealing in the form of beetroot for pink,carrot for orange,pudina or coriander,keerai or peas paste for green colour,tumeric for yellow,etc..my kid has the habit of picking out the vegetables from the dosas..i did it my mixing it along the batter..keep sharing more innovative idea.i wud b helpful..

  35.  
    Mini Gokul says:

    Good one, need to try it!

  36.  
    Aishwarya says:

    Great…..I too tried on Fridays….it worked….now kids wait for fridays

  37.  
    Thenmozhi says:

    It’s really an heart touching that doing a dual role in the family for the children’s . Inspite of this busy world, performing a single role itself makes us to feel very difficult. This blog creates an inspiration to every parent.My best wishes to ur kid and the entire family!!!

  38.  
    P.Sevvanthi says:

    You are such a great person/fat(mot)her !!!!!!!!! Your kids are very lucky to have you as fat(mot)her. My heartfilled wishes to u and ur kids to shine in life.

  39.  
    Kausar says:

    Grt Work !

  40.  
    Venus Savla says:

    AMAZING. TRULY TOUCHING AN IDEA. MY 9 YEAR OLD (WHO STILL LOOKS LIKE A 6 YEAR OLD) LIKES FOOD PREPARED AT HOME BUT WANTS VARIETY AND IS PICKY ABOUT ITS APPEARANCE..
    THANKS FOR GIVING SUCH AN INNOVATIVE MEANS TO MAKE HER TO EAT.
    WILL SURELY TRY THIS.

  41.  
    Paresh Kapadia says:

    Good inititaive & I like the same. But wondering how you did the same, as it looks lice on snap.

  42.  
    Shashi Bangera says:

    Really innovative idea. It’s really nice to hear that you wanted your daughter to feel special.. I don’t know why but my eyes are filled with tears

  43.  
    Pricilla says:

    An excellent father , Your children will have bright future.God Bless this family.

  44.  
    Bhuvaneshwari says:

    Very impressive and a learning to all parents on how to do things differently.

  45.  
    Shipra Gangwar says:

    Being mother of two it motivates me to create something new in lunch box.

  46.  
    Subramanian says:

    This reminds me of my mother preparing A B C D and Tamil alphabet dosas to my brother’s son.

    Learning as well as eating.

    It is heart touching to note a Avvai shanmughi in Duraivel Gopal. Good to note such a caring parent make a loving meal in the days of ready to eats.

  47.  
    Velayutham says:

    My kids are not all interested in home made food items.This is excallent input for us .

  48.  
    Parthiban K says:

    I would call u as “Thaiyumaanavan” (as mother) that’s all.

    Regards,
    Parthiban


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