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School woes, Pre-k and nutritional worries already!

Monday, August 20, 2012

My son is starting Pre-K next week. we are very excited! but I must say after this mornings meeting a little apprehensive as well.

Apparently there will be a daily snack for everyone to share provided by the parents. every parent has one day a month that they are expected to buy a snack for the class, it must be individuality packaged and include a drink.
My son is very healthy and I have done what I believe to be a good job with his nutrition. he doesn't get sugary treats as snacks or drinks in fact he only drinks milk and water, nothing else. and that's fine by him, why? because that's all he has ever gotten, he doesn't know there's a whole world of sugary crap out there, yet. I knew at some point he would find out but I wasn't thinking it would be this soon. really what some parents think of as healthy and what I think of as healthy is a world of differences. even among my friends there is only one who is as careful as I am with what she feeds her kids. take the "fruit" gummy snacks. ever read the label? OMG! colors and preservatives and loads of sugar! in something that claims to be a "fruit" snack. I know a fair amount of parents will just read made with real fruit and grab it. The occasional sweet treat disguised as a healthy one may not be so bad if it weren't being accompanied by a drink. I really cant think of one kids drink that is truly healthy that comes individually packaged. and he is going to be having this every day 4 days a week.
his doctor currently comments on how perfect his weight and diet are. but he has mine and my husbands jeans, we are not small people and we put on weight very easily! a sugary snack and drink 4 days a week and that perfect weight could be on its way out the door. yes the flyer did say a healthy snack and drink and then it says in parentheses ( "after Halloween sales are a good time to stock up on snacks" ) lovely.
Id really rather forgo the snack all together but that wouldn't be fair to my son.

I guess its just something I have to learn to deal with.
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    You might be able to request no sugar for him because that is his diet. You would have to send your own snack everyday and he would be eating something different but he might start a new trend too. Just a thought.
    2878 days ago
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    Oh my! This doesn't sound like a good plan! Schools near me don't allow anymore sugary snacks at all. Maybe you can chat with the teacher or director and find out if they realize how few pre-packaged foods are actually going to be healthy?
    Print a few SP articles about healthy snack options for kids...
    Let us know how you work through it! Your son is blessed to have a Mom who is starting him on the right track with foods. Hope this doesn't undo all your training!
    2879 days ago
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