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Get your nose out of my child’s lunch bag!!

September 11, 2010

What in the hell is this nonsense that I’m reading about schools making rules about what children can bring for lunch?  Have you heard that staff members are checking lunches and sending reprimands to parents?

Are they insane?!

It is none of their damn business what I send for my children to eat for lunch.  The school is responsible for teaching my children the contents of the provincial curriculum.  Reading, writing, math, science.  Social studies if they must and hopefully some history and geography.  Dare I hope for grammar?  Please?

That’s it.  The school has no right to determine what my children can and cannot eat.  It’s bad enough that nuts are completely banned for all children just because of a few who are allergic.  I can deal with that.  However, that’s the end of it.  Make “nutrition positive” policies about what can be sold in the school for fundraisers or even what teachers can give students as rewards.  Heck, set strict policies about classroom treats as well.  I don’t think that most students will enjoy an organic whole wheat carrot raisin muffin as a birthday treat but I could be wrong.  Whatever.

That should be the end, the limit, the boundary.  The school cannot and should not even attempt to tell ME what I will give MY CHILDREN to eat for lunch.  If I want to send a big slice of chocolate cake and a thermos full of ice cream for lunch, that’s what I’ll send.  (I haven’t yet but I might just bake a cake tomorrow.  Try me.)

This is where I draw a line in the sand.  And busy body health nut parents who want to force their family rules on every other family can stay on that side of the line as well.  I won’t force your kid to eat cake.  You keep away from my kids.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. muslima permalink
    September 12, 2010 4:14 am

    “It’s bad enough that nuts are completely banned for all children just because of a few who are allergic.” Nut allergy may be FATAL for some…but that’s OK as long as your kids are allowed to eat nuts in school!

  2. September 12, 2010 9:16 am

    Here’s a better idea, just for muslima… how about if each classroom keeps an epinephrine pen handy and properly teaches the teacher how to use it in case of a strong reaction. Have the cafeteria refrain from using nuts in their recipes (or even from selling the nuts).

    By doing this, you reduce the chances of an incident. The nut-allergic child should obviously know not to trade food with other kids and as a result you’ve mitigated the risks without banning the food outright. Accommodation without surrender, interesting concept, no?

  3. Michele permalink*
    September 12, 2010 10:24 am

    There are parents with nut-allergic kids who even have nuts in their homes. Oh, the horror!

    People with nut allergies can’t eat nuts. That’s it.

    All that really needs to be done is to tell kids with food allergies to never ever eat anything that they did not bring from their home. No sharing. No trading. Easy, no?

  4. muslima permalink
    September 13, 2010 12:00 pm

    try eating a bar with nuts in front of a 5 or 6 year old and tell him he cant have it! Cruel, no?

  5. Michele permalink*
    September 13, 2010 1:26 pm

    I drink Coke and tell my children that they can’t have it. No caffeine for them. It’s easy and not cruel at all.

  6. Rob Huck permalink
    September 13, 2010 1:27 pm

    “try eating a bar with nuts in front of a 5 or 6 year old and tell him he cant have it! Cruel, no?”

    Not really, no.

  7. muslima permalink
    September 14, 2010 1:08 am

    really? i am sure you 2 do not have kids with serious allergies…if you had you would have thanked the same school for banning certain foods…

    “Should peanuts be banned from schools?
    Many schools in the UK are doing this. Since there is probably no school without nut allergic children, this seems sensible.

    Some airlines have banned nuts from snacks, and others have done so on request for a particular flight when informed that a passenger was hypersensitive. Other airlines have been unhelpful. Recently there has been a death from this cause (Information from UK Anaphylaxis Campaign Newsletter, August 1997).

    According to the Times newspaper Sep 3 1998, p 17, col 1, the US Government Department of Transportation has told all large American airlines that they must set aside a “peanut-free zone” when requested to do so by passengers with medically documented peanut allergies. If they do not stop serving peanuts on the flight, the minimum for the “peanut-free zone” is the row of seating with the passenger plus the rows in front and behind. This is in conformity with a law passed in 1986 that guarantees access to planes for the disabled.”

  8. muslima permalink
    September 14, 2010 1:12 am

    how about “peanut free zones” then, if the parents who’s kids do not have allergies feel strongly about bans and then in your case a “junk food zone”?

  9. a1rh3ad permalink
    September 17, 2010 5:01 pm

    Darwin is rolling over in his grave…

  10. a1rh3ad permalink
    September 17, 2010 5:20 pm

    No more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Why and what do we let these people teach our kids?

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