AFTER we've cooked dinner, done the washing up and put the kids to bed, the last thing we do before calling it a night is pack their lunchboxes for the following day.
In other words, we don't have the time, energy or patience to replicate those cartoon-themed Bento boxes full of individually prepped fruit and veg slices we're forever seeing on TikTok.
And it turns out, we're not alone in this - as one mum has been hailed a "hero" online after she shared a photo of her son's largely beige lunchbox.
Posting on the Facebook group Lunchbox Mums, the Australian parent wrote: "[I've seen] lots of fancy, colourful lunches that, although they look amazing, my fussy 6 year old wouldn’t touch even if I paid him."
In her fussy eater's lunchbox, the mum packed a cheese sandwich, some popcorn, a mini stack of pancakes, some pears and a handful of chopped grapes.
She continued: "I wanted to make a safe space for parents who are forever preparing, what I like to call, the beige special!"
The post has racked up over 3,000 'likes' in the group - and the photo resonated with countless other parents.
"This is my kinda lunchbox," one replied. "I have 4 kids so won’t be spending hours in the morning or night before making super fancy lunches, just a good variety of colourful foods will be awesome for them."
Another added: "The beige special is a daily in our house. Congrats on getting those grapes in there."
"Our son only has plain everything," a third said. "Tomato sauce is the only colour lol."
What the NHS recommends children have for lunch:
The NHS gives a number of suggestions and guidelines on their Change4Life website.
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