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Teach Kids 'It's Their Job Now'

 I made gourmet lunches for my two daughters all the years they were in school. I prided myself on how lovely the lunches were and loved to hear about the compliments the girls got at the lunch table. Now they graduated, are living at home and working. They both asked me to make lunches for them again, so they can save money toward moving out to their own apartment. I want to help, but I get up an hour earlier than I have to for work. I buy a lot of extra food to put into these lunches, and aside from being tired I find I'm short of cash at the grocery store. How do I stop something I started?

Ans. You started this when they were children and it was your responsibility to feed them. Now they're grown and earning money, so it's their responsibility to feed themselves. If they don't want to buy lunch in a restaurant, tell them they can buy it from you and charge at least the cost of the ingredients. Paula Deen started out selling bag lunches  too, and look where it got her?

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