One of our very own MoM team were shocked when they were confronted about their child’s lunchbox.
Lisa shared how when she went to pick the kids up one afternoon last week they told her that they weren’t allowed to eat some of their food in their lunchbox as the teacher told them it was unhealthy.
“My kids have had a marshmallow in their lunchbox every day for pre-school for the past 2 years without any issue”, says Lisa.
“Their lunchbox yesterday had some low-sugar animal cookies – but it also had fruit, vegetables, dairy and protein. I was absolutely furious!
“I totally feel that it is my prerogative to choose what I want to give my kids in their lunchbox (besides nuts obviously).
“We subscribe to a balanced diet – which includes treats in moderation and my kids are physically active and fit.
“Are the school actually allowed to tell me what I can or can’t put in MY child’s lunchbox. Grrrr… I am seething!”
MoM’s share their experiences
Other mums have shared with us how similar things have also happened to their children.
Rhianon said, “My daughter was told she wasn’t allowed to eat her cheese until she had eaten her fruit! So basically she ended up having 1 bite of the cheese and it got wasted, pretty annoyed about that!”
Kate shared, “I got my son a lunch order once in grade prep, it was something he’d never had previously and I thought it’d be exciting for him. The teacher asked him to come up to front of the class with his lunch and took the opportunity to tell the rest of the class how unhealthy he was. I was appalled.”
Trish’s reply was actually quite heartbreaking “Apparently some kids won’t play with mine because her lunch isn’t that healthy. She eats what I give her and she has fruit, snack, sandwich and some treats. She won’t eat carrot sticks and muffins.”
Jessica shared, “I still can’t believe my daughters cauliflower and cacao chip muffins were sent back cos they weren’t approved. Because they were perceived to be sweet choc chip muffins.”
Michelle gave us a little giggle, “Yes, our kids got into trouble at Vacation Care for having a small packet of chips with their balanced lunch of sandwich and fruit. My husband went in to explain it was a treat as they are there during their school holidays, he was going to be nice about it until he saw they were advertising Fairy Floss for sale. Needless to say, I got called into the office about his outburst, but I defended him and our right to give our kids what we want.”
Do schools have a right to dictate what goes in our kids’ lunchboxes? Have you ever been attacked about your lunchbox and what did you do?
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