I've been asked this question numerous times throughout my kids' school years. Why don't your kids make their own lunches? It's a good question! Usually it comes with a little sprinkle of disbelief, because it doesn't gel with the level of independence and responsibility we generally require from our kids. The last time I had this discussion it was with someone who has only known me a short time, and doesn't know our family dynamic all that well.
To be fair, Mr Busy has broken all the rules of expectation. I don't actually make his lunch for him, but I do send him to school with a bag full of tinned spaghetti and cup-a-soups. And yes, that doesn't gel with my beliefs about food vs food-like products either. But this is a difference between the boy eating and not eating. Like his father many years before him, I found a number of lunches languishing in the bottom of his school bag, and I am vehemently opposed to wasting my time and energy making food for people who won't eat it. So the man people in our house get no special lunch treatment. The flip side for Mr Busy is that he won't take food if he has to make himself. I'm paying a pretty penny for him to go to school, so I want his brain to actually work. Therefore I send him with things he'll actually eat. And that can sit in his bag or locker and won't go off. It's a definite compromise on my part, but I think it's working, for now.
The real reason I've always made my kid's lunches (and was prepared to make Mr Busy's through to the end of Year 12 as well), is purely and simply about my own self-preservation. Yes, they can do it themselves. They all cook dinners, they're all very capable. But this is the barest, most selfish reason for making lunches for capable people:
I can't stand listening to the kids fighting the kitchen in the morning. Cannot. Even.
When the three of them were still in school I would make their lunches and pop them in their designated colour of Tupperware sandwich box along with a snack and piece of fruit next to it. It was their job to pack it into their insulated lunch box and into the bag. There. They won't totally devoid of responsibility in the process. Just the being in the kitchen part!
These days I have no idea if the girls are at Uni for lunch or at home, or at church, or at work... Baby adults with University schedules are a whole other beast. I only really make my own school lunch now, and provide Mr Busy with non-perishable options. And a lunch order on Thursday's. Yep. The youngest is spoiled, because I got tired of parenting. Sorry girls. You wore me out.