Why is it Called Dad lunch? A big difference between mom’s and dad’s…

My wife woke up the other morning alarmed that she had forgot to pack my daughter’s lunch for daycare. In an attempt to be a good husband, I told her not to worry… Dad would handle lunch! Her immediate reaction was to groan while lamenting “Noooooo… you’re going to make her a dad lunch! Dad lunch is whatever dad can throw together! It’s like rice, one chicken nugget, half a string cheese, fruit snacks, and a shoe!”


First, I was slightly offended, but truth is that she is basically right. Dad lunch is absolutely a smorgasbord of nearby and partially edible foods. However, it’s not a malicious attempt by Dad to sabotage the nutritional needs of our kids. It is also not based in laziness, or a lack of caring. Dad lunch is a microcosm of a larger difference between Mom and Dad. 

Mom has a plan. She tends to know what is appropriate for basically any situation. Mom knows that each lunch contains a certain combination of foods to achieve nutritional nirvana. Mom knows that certain clothes get worn to certain events, and the exact day that shorts are no longer appropriate for outside. Dad on the other hand is totally winging it, and by “it” I mean parenthood. We love our kids more than anything, but that doesn’t make us any more competent when it comes to decision making. 

We are still the guys you fell in love with, and those guys could live off of cold pizza, Doritos, and Kool-Aid. We would wear the same ripped t-shirt and jeans to every event short of a wedding or funeral (that’s what ties are for), and we have absolutely no idea what an appropriate bedtime is. We stayed up until 4 am several times just to watch Steven Segal fight Tommy Lee Jones on a boat. In short, we don’t make great choices.

Then one day, someone hands us a baby and says “Hey, congrats Dad! Now go home and raise this thing.” Most dad’s try their hardest, and we succeed on many levels. However, we have no plan. Each day is a new adventure, and each night is a little victory that we didn’t severely screw up the kiddo that day. So next time Dad packs a lunch that may or may not actually contain any actual vitamins or minerals, just know that we are trying, but we have absolutely no idea what we are doing.

So with all that in mind, I named this blog Dad Lunch. First off, I thought it was simple and kind of catchy, but also it is just a collection of thoughts from a dad who is winging it on his way down this parenthood path.


8 Comments on “Why is it Called Dad lunch? A big difference between mom’s and dad’s…

  1. ok, let's try this again now that I am signed in (DARN YOU GOOGLE!)

    There is an article floating around the inter-webs, I believe it is called "Reasons Your Wife is Stressed" or some such craziness, and it hits fairly close to your points. I decided to read it for entertainment during our crazy trip across the Kangamangus last weekend. We both had a few chuckles and a few groans. Mostly the list was silly things that can all boil down to your one theme of "moms have a plan". The list mentioned various reasons to support their stressed wives such as "dad lunches" and "dad outfits". In defense of all involved fathers out there, that is fairly insulting. The general public probably wouldn't take notice or, if they did, care about a mishmash lunch or a backwards shirt. However the mother definitely will because it deviates from the plan. It is enjoyable to read the other side of the coin – and also makes you realize that once in a while the plan could use a shake up!!

  2. ok, let's try this again now that I am signed in (DARN YOU GOOGLE!)

    There is an article floating around the inter-webs, I believe it is called "Reasons Your Wife is Stressed" or some such craziness, and it hits fairly close to your points. I decided to read it for entertainment during our crazy trip across the Kangamangus last weekend. We both had a few chuckles and a few groans. Mostly the list was silly things that can all boil down to your one theme of "moms have a plan". The list mentioned various reasons to support their stressed wives such as "dad lunches" and "dad outfits". In defense of all involved fathers out there, that is fairly insulting. The general public probably wouldn't take notice or, if they did, care about a mishmash lunch or a backwards shirt. However the mother definitely will because it deviates from the plan. It is enjoyable to read the other side of the coin – and also makes you realize that once in a while the plan could use a shake up!!

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