Lunch for Principals?


My son asked me a simple question this morning:

“Do Principals have lunch?”

I laughed first, then asked what he meant.


He clarified, “how long is your lunch?”

I simply explained that I didn’t have a set time for lunch.

Then I thought more about it.


Some days, I scarf down my lunch while sitting at my desk and answering emails. It’s usually productive.

Some days, I’ll eat lunch with students in my office. It could be because a kid did something wonderful or because he or she made a poor decision. Either way, it’s a great way to build relationships.

Some days, I eat my lunch at 4:00pm once everyone is gone for the day. Those days are not so great.

Some days, I’ll eat dinner. 


And I realize as I write this, it sounds like I’m advocating for educator as martyr, but I’m not. 

Being so busy that I’m not eating lunch isn’t a good thing. 


And I realize that I need to practice and advocate for self-care. I need to take care of myself first before I can take care of anyone else. 

So from now on, I’m going to try to do a better job of practicing self care. We all should try to do a better job of taking care of ourselves first. 


Rich (@RACzyz)

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