So we do send nut products sometimes and the kids just sit in the designated area. I guess they word it the way they do to try to discourage it, but in reality its allowed.
I agree with Kim. My kid has treats and I'm not gonna sit around and lie and say he doesn't. He also eats healthily. He's a kid. And if I want to send in a cookie for lunch, I will.
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It absolutely blows my mind that people are so controlling about food.
Why don't kids in every school have school lunches?
The country I live in now supplies school lunches to every child in daycare, kindergarten, elementary, and junior high. These lunches are amazing. Because children eat together from a very young age they learn to eat things they don't like. Peer pressure works too. If all the other kids are eating a fish and seaweed salad, you don't want to be the kid who doesn't like it. My kids have an average of 20 different ingredients in their lunches. Trained nutritionists put together menus and trained cooks are in the kitchen cooking things from scratch every morning. No child goes hungry. They all get cold milk delivered.
Plus, we pay for it, but it is cheaper than packing your own lunch. In elementary I pay $2.47 for each meal. I can't pack a healthy lunch for that! But by buying in bulk the schools can. Plus my kids grow their own carrots, potatoes, cabbage, soy beans, sweet potatoes, and even rice.
The benefits are enormous. My children are way better eaters than I ever was, despite the fact that I grew up picking my own veggies and with homemade bread and even our meat came from our farm. I had the same lunch over and over for years. That means my kids are getting a huge variety of nutrients that I just wasn't.
Between this and every child walking to school, our country is healthier than North American countries, despite high salt and sugar intake. It starts early.
Unfortunately school lunch options aren't always great. If they were eating salad every day that DD would eat it, but they don't. When DSD was getting lunch at school it was things like meat ball subs and perogies. High fat high carb stuff that she didn't want to eat anyways. I would rather send a sandwich, veggies, fruit and a treat that I know she will eat. If there was a good program like yours that would be different.
I am realizing how lucky we are to be in the school we are. There is no requirements about lunch although healthy and garbage free is preferred. Our teacher complimented us all on the lunches being so healthy and that is with the pudding and cookies DD has taken with her. But when it is dessert for a lunch that is half veggies then it is still healthy. I also love that they deal with allergies by the class and reality. We can't send kiwi this year, but we can send peanuts. There is just a peanut free table in the class. And this is after consulting with the parents. I like dealing with sanity and reality.
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I think its entirely different ball game when the lunch is being provided by the school. I think schools should provide healthy lunches (although they don't in most places in the US). And if i was required to get lunch through the school everyday then it most certainly better be healthy.
And FTR, i'm not saying there aren't benefits to peer pressure in this scenario. I'm not saying that behavior pattern doesn't exist. I"m saying the ends doesn't justify the means here. Taking my decision making power about what I feed my OWN child with my OWN money is wrong even if you can pat yourself on the back for making other kids that aren't your own eat better.
If a child is going to learn to eat seaweed or fish or whole grain breads or whatever else...that is up to the parents to teach them. And aside from real food aversions, a parent CAN teach their kids to eat this way without the help of their school community. Of course i would love to see more parents make better decisions for their kids when it comes to eating. I don't believe in using any means whatsoever to make that happen, particularly when it is at the expense of my own rights to parent my kids how i want to. And that's what it comes down to for me, how i feed my kid is a parenting decision. And i do NOT want my kids school teaching my kids its bad to eat a cookie.