Trying to get your children to eat healthily or try new things can be a challenge, but a San Francisco father-of-three has discovered the secret: make food fun!
Beau Coffron, aka Lunchbox Dad, has become an internet sensation thanks to his crafty lunchtime masterpieces that will seriously impress even the fussiest of eaters.
The lunchboxes started out as a way for Beau to maintain his bond with his daughter, Abby, when she first started school. "I thought it would be a great way to show my daughter that I love her and miss while she was in school," he told The Huffington Post.
But it ended up bringing them closer than ever. "Not only did I start paying more attention to what she was watching, and playing with, but we also are able to talk more about her interests," he says. Cute!
Now, every Sunday evening, Beau makes his famous themed bento lunchboxes for his two eldest children taking inspiration from a new movie his kids are excited about or a book they've just finished.
Forget a regular sandwich, Beau has made creative lunches based on Ghostbusters, Zootopia, Finding Dory, Despicable Me 2, Dr. Seuss, Star Wars, Kung Fu Panda, Winnie the Pooh and more.
Despite the lunchboxes looking like a work of art, Beau told Buzzfeed that he's actually not all that artistic: "I saw some online mums making fun lunches and thought, ‘Why can’t I do that?’ But I can barely draw a stick figure!"
Proof that you don't need an art degree to liven up your kid's lunchbox, just a little imagination!
You also don't need to spend hours and hours on it. Beau makes it a once-a-week treat for the kids so that it still has that special novelty appeal.
"I figure you have to make your child a lunch anyway - why not spend 20 minutes or so more and make it a fun memory? Some people set aside extra time to go to the gym, watch TV, look over Pinterest, or troll on Facebook. I choose to use the time this way," he says.
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