We are only three days into the new school year and already I am
sick to death of snacks. When did snacks become a necessity in schools? I am a firm believer that if a child eats a decent breakfast, a good lunch and a big supper then there is no need for snacks in-between. Sure they’re hungry when meal time arrives, that’s good, and they will eat more of something that is good for them. When they eat snacks (which I have no control over at school) they aren’t as hungry at meal time but get hungry when lunch or dinner is over. I must add that I’m not a health freak.
My son has to bring snacks one a month for his class. The snacks
cannot be homemade and must be prepackaged and labeled. The snacks are supposed to be healthy – he’s not even allowed to bring cake or cupcakes for a birthday treat. I understand these safety measures regarding prepackaged items but no birthday cake? That’s not right.
Some of the suggested items on the snack list include: unfrosted
cookies, yogurt, cheese sticks, cereal, trail mix, pretzels, and popcorn, dried fruit or fruit roll-ups. Some parents don’t have a clue about what’s healthy and they buy Little Debbie fudge brownies or some similar high-fat, sugary items that the kids love but are not healthy in any way shape or form. I believe a note should be sent home when a parent does this telling them not to do it again but it seems to be an ongoing thing.
This makes it difficult for a parent like me that attempts to follow the rules. Snack day is a big deal for the kids and when they get to share snacks with the class they are very excited about it. Imagine my
frustration last year when I picked Will up from school and he was crying because the kids didn’t like the snacks he picked out – boxes of raisins. Ten out of twenty-two kids passed on the raisin’s and he had the left overs in his back pack. We faced a similar situation during
Explaining about parents who don’t follow rules is a conversation
I have frequently with my kids. They want to wear sandals or flip-flops to school and the school rules state they are no allowed. Yet when I drop them off in the mornings there are hoards of children wearing them. What is so difficult about following rules?
McKenzie has to bring a snack for herself each day but already the teachers are passing out additional snacks and if she does something good in the classroom she gets a piece of candy. Say what? But McKenzie gets to bring cake or cupcakes for a birthday treat. Imagine what we could do for childhood obesity if we just cut out the snack programs. These kids aren’t going to keel over if they don’t have food in their systems for a few hours –let them experience hunger. I guarantee there would be less left overs on the lunch and supper plates each night.
And the kids get used to having food ever couple of hours and it carries over into the nights and weekends. They are constantly asking for snacks and I am constantly telling them no. I love snacks and think they are okay in moderation, I don’t believe they are a necessity but I’m stuck.
Imagine how pissed my kids would be if I told the school they were to have no snacks during the day. Imagine the reaction from the school – I
would probably be investigated for child abuse. Imagine what the other (Little Debbie) parents would think/say.
(Deep Breath) So I guess I’m in for another fun-filled year focused on snacks. I suppose next they will cut the gym program as it’s too
tiring for the kids. I believe childhood obesity should be addressed in the
schools by first educating the parents who don’t have a clue….and there are a lot of them.
Thanks for listening to my snack rant. Have a wonderful day!