Consider the lunchbox. That’s right: picture it.
If you’re not the parent of school-aged kids, you may feel a tug of nostalgia. The box in your mind is cheery and bright, adorned, perhaps, with upbeat stickers, a favorite TV cast, or a superhero saving the world.
If you are the parent of school-aged kids, you’ll likely have a different response: sweaty palms, heart palpitations, and cortisol streaming through your blood. You picture an empty lunchbox, open and cavernous, with tiny letters spelling “fill me” dancing around, mocking and frenetic.