Why can't parents teach kids how to plan and pack their own lunch by the time the get to middle school? I did and I ate some awesome sandwiches of my own creation. Parents are too lazy to teach kids how to take care of themselves in almost every aspect these days. By the time you get into middle school you should be able to dress yourself, set a table, cook simple stuff like eggs and sausage and toast, make your own sandwich and do chores. Also, you should realize at this point that life is about competition and that is a GOOD THING!