The last ten different items I have put in my daughters lunchbox, she has been told she’s not allowed! These range from miniature biscuits, homemade or shop bought mini cakes to little chocolate bars. (The ones the shops advertise as ideal for school lunches).
I only ever put one small sweet item in her lunch box because iv always felt that after a savoury lunch its nice to have something sweet. Plus I like her to have a balanced diet. I don’t encourage too much junk food, but at the same time, I don’t see how a little bit in moderation each day can hurt. The school however say that these items are not “appropriate”.
Aside from the fact I find it absolutely horrendous that the school are trying to tell us what our own children can and can’t eat… Here are some of the things straight off the school menu that the school give our children….
Shortbread biscuit with icing,
chocolate krispie cakes,
These 11 items are the puddings offered on 11days out of a 15 day menu rotation!
Now is it just me or do these things sound like chocolate, biscuits and cakes – the very things the school bans us from giving our children?
Isn’t this giving out confusing messages for our children? The school are basically telling them that certain foods are socially unacceptable; and then giving them similar foods. For an older child concerned with body image, these sorts of mixed messages could contribute to eating disorders and for young children, its giving a pretty negative vibe to food.
Apparently crisps are allowed, but we all know the high levels of saturated fat and salt in crisps are much worse for children than the sugar they’d get from a biscuit or piece of chocolate. My daughter’s not a big crisp eater anyway. Did I mention that the school often gives them chips and hot dogs for lunch? I’m sure the nutritional values in those aren’t that high!
Aside from which, chocolate releases endorphins which make people happy, and the only damage sugar does is to your teeth… Isn’t that why we brush our teeth? And our children lose all their first teeth anyway!
As I am rapidly running out of ideas of what to put in my daughters lunchbox aside from crisps yoghurt and fruit, my tolerance of this ridiculous school policy is also wearing thin. I just don’t understand how they can justify these rules!