School Lunch and Kids
Original post made by FrustratedParent on Sep 29, 2006
I tried sending healthy food, I tried sending junk food - its not the food in the end, its the lack of interest in eating.
How does one get around this ?
on Sep 29, 2006 at 5:39 pm
I have the same problem. Usually he eats something at recess and skips lunch (unless it is pizza day when he buys pizza and choc milk and eats those). It used to be that the lunch duty person made them sit at the benches for the first 10 mins. of lunch and then dismiss them to play, but I think that has gone with lack of personnel and it is only the teachers now who do not follow through with this old rule. Maybe as parents we should try and get something re-instated.
on Sep 30, 2006 at 5:37 pm
We have the kids make a list of things they want in their lunch. Then we have THEM pack it! The key to this is to not look at what they pack, because it ususally not what you would have packed! As long as you don't buy junk, they wont pack junk.
on Sep 30, 2006 at 6:06 pm
I also have my elementary kids help pack food. We talk about how the brain needs food to work well, and that they need to eat during break times.
If they choose not to eat, that is their choice. There is a consequence to every choice. If they don't eat, the consequence is they feel hungry before dinner...but they still have to wait for dinner. If the consequence is that they are in a bad mood, then we talk about why they feel that way and how they can keep that from happening the next day.
The schools do the best they can with their resources. Unless they have 400 people watching 400 kids, then they can't see it all. Instead of trying to have the schools guard the kids and make them eat, why not teach our children to make their choices and live with the consequences?