school meeting

Canada
June 6, 2007 8:03am CST
i went to my daughter's school last night for a perents information session for kids entering their first year of school. anyway a lot has changed from when i went to school. one of the main things i couldn't beleive was that you can't send any unhealthy snacks. no chips or cookies or anything. the child won't be allowed to eat it and they will send a letter home to the parents about it. i'm glad though my daughter is a good eater but it can get hard to send fruits and veggies every day. could get boring after a while. are your kids schools really strict about lunches and snacks
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
6 Jun 07
WOW! Yeah, that is a big change from 11 years ago when my children were in kindergarden. Although, I would have to say all-in-all I find it a good change. There is such a large problem with childhood obesity and a big rise in childhood diabetes that we must start somewhere to change children's eating patterns and get them more active! I do hope that the meals that the school serves have had an equally healthy overhaul?!
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• Canada
6 Jun 07
yes i'm glad about the change. i will just need to get a little creative. but at least she won't see other kids with chips and come home asking how come you never give me that stuff. my daughter does eat really healthy. she prefers veggies over anything else. i just thought once she got to school she would see what else was out there so i'm really glad about this rule.
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@armywifey (883)
• United States
6 Jun 07
They just recently changed it in Indiana that you can;t send any unhealthy snacks to school. You can't even send cupcakes or cakes for school parties. All items that are sent to school parties have to be healthy and store bought. You can;t even make your own items at home anymore. I think it is because they are worried because so many kids have food allergies.
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@ktroth (378)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Is this at a public school? My daughter's private preschool is really strict about snacks and lunches. But my son's public elementary school isn't very strict. I'm pretty picky about what I send, but I've seen what other kids bring, and it makes me cringe! I wish our school lunch program was better. My son can't have corn syrup and artificial dyes and sweeteners, so we have to pack a lunch because the hot lunch program is not very good.
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@DIDDYDEE (73)
6 Jun 07
ALL THROUGH PRIMARY SCHOOL (UK) MY CHILDREN WERE ONLY ALLOWED TO TAKE HEALTHY SNACKS FOR BREAK, AND THEY ALSO CHECKED THEIR LUNCH BOXES TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE EATING HEALTHY FOOD. aT THE END OF THE DAY SURELY IT IS UP TO YOU WHAT YOUR CHILD EATS - NOT EVERY CHILD WILL LIKE THE HEALTHY OPTION.
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@DIDDYDEE (73)
6 Jun 07
ALL THROUGH PRIMARY SCHOOL (UK) MY CHILDREN WERE ONLY ALLOWED TO TAKE HEALTHY SNACKS FOR BREAK, AND THEY ALSO CHECKED THEIR LUNCH BOXES TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE EATING HEALTHY FOOD. aT THE END OF THE DAY SURELY IT IS UP TO YOU WHAT YOUR CHILD EATS - NOT EVERY CHILD WILL LIKE THE HEALTHY OPTION.
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• Pakistan
6 Jun 07
ya that gud thing we will know what he\she was studing.......
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@Michele21 (3095)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Not at my daughters school, we can send them whatever we want...I even sent my daughter a little soda one day. I have seen alot of other kids bring cokes and chips. I try to do the fruit and veggie thing but every now and then chips aren't too bad =) The only things it that they can't share any of their lunches, I sent her with some candy a few times and they can't share anything. I guess because so many kids have allergys these days we all have to be careful.
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@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Things really have change since I went to school. My daughter is sixteen now and she could have snacks if I sent them in her lunch. I personally do not think that the school should be able to dictate what you can afford to put in your childs lunch. I also don't think it is right that a school system should in anyway insinuate that you do not feed your child right since you give them a snack that is not healthy. I can understand if the school doesn't sell or serve snacks with the lunches they seve or you buy at school. I think that the school is over stepping their bonds.
@nikki_d (18)
• India
6 Jun 07
Yes I agree with this dicussion that children will become habitat to healthy food as they are arranged in different items.
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• India
6 Jun 07
ya this is true when i was in school they had a rule that everyone should bring tiffins every day and i was very bored by that we cant bring any chips or cookies to school.
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@butterfly39 (3907)
• Philippines
7 Jun 07
In our country not too strick, but me as a mother will tell my kids to buy foods which they think make them full.
7 Jun 07
I work in education and it has turned into a nanny state. We are told to encourage healthy eating, exercise and get parents out of their cars and walk to school. I do not agree with this as we are here to educate children not tell parents how to feed and raise their children. I do agree that kids should be eating better but the government needs to target the food manufactuers about the crap they are allowed to sell us instead of expecting schools to do everything. Parents are being judged if their kids are sent to school with something fattening or a bit unhealthy. I work in a deprived area and the shops that poor parents have to shop at are the worse. They have the cheapest supermarket which sells all frozen ready made meals, or local shops that sells few veg but mostly crap. This is the real problem, not a child who may come to school with the odd treat. What right have schools got to judge parents and as a parent myself I would hate to think they were doing this, and personally I do not feel as someone who works with kids that I have the right or authority to tell a parent what their kid should or should not eat. Get rid of McDonalds and other fastfood chains, introduce more healthy foods then schools would not need to address this.