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The bento-style lunches that TikTok star Jessica Woo packs for her three young kids are, in a word, amazing. “Let’s make some lunch for my kids!” Woo announces at the start of most of her cooking videos. In one, Woo molds an adorable bear out of white …

The bento-style lunches that TikTok star Jessica Woo packs for her three young kids are, in a word, amazing. “Let’s make some lunch for my kids!” Woo announces at the start of most of her cooking videos. In one, Woo molds an adorable bear out of white rice complete with eyes, mouth, and paws made of delicate nori cutouts. In another, she conjures an entire Squid Game-inspired spread featuring hot dog “squids” and the show’s iconic dalgona candy. It’s little surprise that Woo’s TikTok channel has more than 5.5 million followers. Her creations are enough to make us wonder: Can Woo make our lunches, too?

They’re also enough to stir up some feelings of, ahem, inadequacy, in even the best of us—case in point, this hilarious guy. But fear not: You don’t have to go all-out to improve your kid’s lunch situation. Even Woo agrees. “It's just the little things,” she says. Most of what’s so impressive about her meals is the presentation, she adds, and even small adjustments can have a major visual impact. “If you're packaging it in this pretty way, [the food itself] can literally be dinner leftovers,” she says.

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For years, my parents sent m…

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For years, my parents sent me to school with the same lunch every day: a tuna sandwich on whole wheat, with an apple that invariably squashed the bread, all stuffed into a brown paper bag with my name written on the top.

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A very specific sort of terror washes over parents when they realize their kid is departing for school momentarily...and has no lunch. What if said lunch also needs to stay fresh from drop-off until chow time—around four hours? What if frozen cooler packs are a no-go? Cue blind panic.

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