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    I think what else bothers me about the school scenario you have presented Stacie is that it sounds so all or nothing. Cookies are so bad that we can't ever eat them and if they get sent they'll literally be confiscated like contraband! That's such an extremist view of any food IMO, and that's not the message I want my kids to learn. I want them to learn that we eat treats sparingly, but we can still eat them and enjoy them guilt free.eta: I also wanted to say that the other thing I don't like about it is that it sounds so one size fits all because of course the school can't be in charge of keeping track of the caloric and nutritional needs of each child. I get that childhood obesity is a big problem in this country, but to be completely frank it's not a problem for my kid right now. As of his last physical in July, he is in the 5th percentile for BMI. His pediatrician isn't worried about it, so I'm not worried about it, and we aren't making any effort to "fatten him up" or anything like that. He's healthy, he's just a really tall skinny little dude. But I also would not welcome any outside efforts to restrict his caloric intake just because some other kids may need that. He doesn't need to lose any weight; he looks like he's made of tinker toys as it is. I feel like as his parent I'm in a way better place to assess any given meal or snack against both his caloric and nutritional needs, and also within the framework of his overall diet (taking into consideration what he that's been eating for breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinner over a long period of time rather than looking at individual foods and labeling them as "bad" or "good.")
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    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.
    You have 19 other meals to deal with, and can't help out the majority of the population for just 30 minutes 5 times a week. It doesn't require you to do anything but give up a tiny amount of control to get a good result for everyone. I don't get it.

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    I am not concerned about the rest of the population and their meals to be honest. I want all kids to eat healthy and I support schools only serving healthy food and encouraging healthy eating but it's not my problem that I'm okay with sending my kid a homemade chocolate chip cookie every so often.

    My concern is what MY child will eat. That's it. I like Kim but it's HER worry about what her kids eat. It's YOUR worry about what your kids will it. It is certainly not mine.
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    I just am not hardwired to think like that. I cannot imagine saying "I will take away good meals away from your child and my child, for no other reason than my ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by blather View Post
    I just am not hardwired to think like that. I cannot imagine saying "I will take away good meals away from your child and my child, for no other reason than my ego."
    I dont think that is what anyone has said. I dont plan to take away good meals from other children, I just plan to feed my child what they need for that day. And even within my own kids that is different, so I dont see that I school can have a one size fits all plan.
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    I think that if the schools offer lunch, it should be a healthy one. At ours, I hear the healthy food options are terrible, a friend's kid who loves salad says theirs is soggy and disgusting. Once chicken nuggets are on the menu, you know you're in unhealthy territory. So I wish they'd switch that up. Even the yogurt they offer is the flavored bad stuff.

    But I don't want the school telling me what to send. I'm totally fine with suggestions and guidelines but not hard & fast rules and certainly not outlawing any sort of treat! I don't like stigmatizing desserts either. This is five days a week...a lot of meals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post
    I dont think that is what anyone has said. I dont plan to take away good meals from other children, I just plan to feed my child what they need for that day. And even within my own kids that is different, so I dont see that I school can have a one size fits all plan.
    Exactly. Stacie's school is the one that takes food away from packed lunches if they deem it's not good enough, which is what I've been railing against. I'm not looking to take food away from anyone, I'm just saying that I wouldn't welcome anyone taking the food I pack away from my child.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blather View Post
    I just am not hardwired to think like that. I cannot imagine saying "I will take away good meals away from your child and my child, for no other reason than my ego."
    No one has said that.
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    I'll just reiterate what everyone else said.No one had said that, Blather.
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