Monday, September 18, 2006

Gummy Rant

So, last week, I sent some of those gummy fruit snacks to school with Little Brat. She also had an apple, some whole wheat bread, some cheese, a juice box and some sliced ham. Healthy, right?

Ya. I thought so. But apparently not. The fruit snacks were sent home. And LB was told that 'junk food' was not allowed.

What??? What the hell? I didn't send her with a s'more dipped in sugar rolled in icing. This is a FRUIT snack. Made with real fruit juice. Low in fat.

Ya, I could switch it out for cucumber slices or something else she won't eat. Because she didn't eat her apple. So wouldn't it have made sense to just let her eat the fruit snack gummies? The ones made with FRUIT. And I know what she will and won't eat. And I would rather she actually eat something. I don't care if t here is a bit of sugar. There's like, what, 5 to a package?

And who the hell are these teachers, treating me like a bad mother because I dared to send 'junk food' to school with my daughter? Since when do THEY get to choose her lunch? Do they want to PAY for her lunch, too? How 'bout they come to my house and make it for her in the morning, too.

I've abided by all of their no peanut rules. Even though I'm waiting for the day that the peanut police tell us we can't even have them in our own homes. But I saw no gummy rules. Nope. Not one sign or poster or notice sent home.

Junk food. A chili dog is junk food. A Big Mac. Chocolate bars. Packages of sugar. Not GUMMY FRUIT SNACKS.

And even if they are....she's MY KID. You're in charge of her little brat brain. I get to decide what she eats. ME. MY KID.

End Rant. For now.


Blogger Unknown said...

I agree 100% with you. That isnt junk food.. what is wrong with them people. And since when do they tell you what you can send with your kids and not?? Schools sometimes dont make any sense at all.

Question... What is the deal with the peanuts??? Just curious you know!! Even though my son is allergic to them there was never a rule about not taking..

8:02 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...commie schools. I'd throw and absolute fit and make sure they knew how out of line they are.

8:58 a.m.  
Blogger Knitting Maniac said...

Dude. Does that mean I am going to get the double chocolate Swiss Cake roll sent back to me in my daughter's lunchbox?

THAT is just wrong.

9:54 a.m.  
Blogger Nichole D. said...

Damn rediculous! I can't beleive what they do now- when I was a kid in school, some days I would apck my own lunches and bring nothing but pudding, graham crackers, and soda.

They really don't let them have any peanuts in the school? WTF?? Soundsl ike a strange cult if you ask me...

11:43 a.m.  
Blogger Vanessa said...

wow. thats ridiculous.
I'd be tempted to send her with a stick of butter and a bag of sugar.

12:02 p.m.  
Blogger MommaMonkey said...

Yeah, that's going a bit far. I mean, if you were a parent claiming that Doritos are veggies because they are CORN chips (yes, I have actually heard a parent say that before)then yes, you need to be reminded of the meaning of junk food. But give me a break. Fruit snacks? That's going too far. It is your responsibility to make sure YOUR child gets the right nutrition, NOT the teacher's. The cafeteria people are the ones responsible for making sure the meals served are nutritious...NOT the teacher! Who gave the teacher that authority???

12:51 p.m.  
Blogger Christy said...

We're dealing with the same here Tara. The problem here is that they get about 10 minutes to stuff their faces and run. The no peanut rule drives me crazy, but I understand.

Maybe send her fruit snacks in her pocket! LOL!!

1:15 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read your post two times because I really couldn't believe what I was reading. Never in 28 years of teaching have I ever heard of a teacher checking a chid's lunch brought from home to determine what they could or couldn't have. Is this a school policy, and if so, how do they get away with it?
I understand about the peanut allergies, but isn't it going too far to say that a child who brings their lunch can't have a peanut product?
Linda in Oklahoma

2:00 p.m.  
Blogger Unknown said...

that is crazy! i could understand if it was candy but it's FRUIT SNACKS. HELLO?
i think that it's going to far. i could understand if the kids were bringing a lot to share but if it's their own lunch then what the heck? the peanuts i understand b/c of allergies. but really if the kid allergic then they should know better than to eat PB products..
besides fruit snacks are NOT why children are overweight. it's b/c they don't get outside and play they watch too much tv and too many video games are played. if schools are going to combat this they need to stop cutting recess and gym and extend them and make them FUN (esp gym) with playing fun games and creative exercises. not to mention teaching children how to eat wisely even if their parents aren't helping they'll learn from the school.
anyways that's just my 2 cents.

3:27 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dWe have the NO PEANUT rule in my school because so many people are allergic to peanuts. We do not have LAWS about Gummy snacks nor have I ever heard of any school that does. Does that school have soda machines? Snack machines?

I think I would be in having a conference and demanding to see the nutritional value of those school purchased lunches.

7:01 p.m.  
Blogger Sally said...

Right on sister. That's insane. We do the best we can with our kids, and if we want to give something to eat, then damn it, it's our right. Geez.

7:59 p.m.  
Blogger Looney Momâ„¢ said...

Hi there. I bounced over from "Unexplored Territory" and thought I'd say HI!

And let me add an AMEN to your "rant." Geesh! Don't they have more important things to worry about? Like TEACHING?

8:42 p.m.  
Blogger Tandi said...

WTH? Can you imagine all the crap that would have been sent back home when we were kids?

Maybe some delicious lightly salted Edamame would be a healthy choice?....

What are we turning our kids into? Are we trying to raise a bunch of little Fraziers?

10:08 p.m.  
Blogger Lucy said...

What I always wondered was exactly what tree do fruit snacks come from? Just kidding....I used to send them with my son all the time! You go, girl!

11:17 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand your frustations. I don't have kids, but the schools where I live don't allow junk food either. Parents can't even send cupcakes for birthdays or class parties now. At what point are they going to send home a menu telling you what you have to feed your kid?

When a friend of mine was in kindergarten many years ago, their teacher approved their milk break snack before they could eat it. Her mom sent her with a granola bar and the teacher wouldn't let her eat it either.

11:48 p.m.  
Blogger Marla said...

People have gone totally WACKY with the health stuff. Not that it's wrong to eat some healthy stuff, but they've gone off the deep end. "Oh he can't have that- there's sugar in it" Hmm... "Is he diabetic or on a sugar diet?" "No he just can't have it- sugar's bad for him".

Get real... if the kid was 3 or 4 times overweight I might see it but they are denying perfectly healthy kids from having even a little snack. Unless it's apples, oranges, or tofu.

We went through the same thing with my Aunt and my now 6yo cousin. It got to the point where he was asking "Does this have sugar in it? If it does I don't want it." Pathetic.... a form of abuse if you ask me. A healthy diet to an extent is great but being a fanatic is certainly NOT the way to bring up a child.

*off my soap box now* LOL

1:50 a.m.  
Blogger Red Rocket said...

So much for commom sense these days.

I say, start padding her down with them. Put 'em in her pockets, drop a couple in the bottom of her back pack AND, for sure, keep putting them in her lunch,

Of course, I might also send a medical notice that states not only is my child NOT allergic to gelatin, juice, or moderate amounts of sugar but she is also covered by the writ of happyeus childhoodeus to have all three substances combined, wrapped in plastic and consumed on a regulated basis, i.e. when Mom puts it in her lunchsack.

But that's just me.

9:24 a.m.  
Blogger Jana said...

Well, I'm going to jump on the other side, and sorry in advance. Fruit Snacks ARE junk food. Read the label. There's no fruit in there at all... sugar, food coloring, and some gummy junk that's not good for anyone's heart, let alone a child.
While I don't agree that anyone has any right to tell a parent what they can send for lunch, it is up to the parent to pick better choices, and mine would not include something with red dye (shown to induce attention defecit problems). How about something fun like grapes, or sliced up apple, less hassle for little hands?
And on the OTHER side, how about hassling that school to get rid of the soda pop and candy machines in the hallway? They aren't there for nutrition's sake, only for the kick-back the schools get from their use by the kids they want to protect from those damn fruit snacks...

10:17 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What? What?! WHAT?!! That's crazy! Does your daughter attend Big Brother Elementary School!! The Nerve!! And I thought it was bad when my LB's kindergarten teacher took my LB's hair out of pigtails because she was pouting. Stay out of our hair issues!! Sheesh! They should be worrying about the kids that don't get lunch, not the kids that do.

9:55 p.m.  
Blogger noricum said...

Well, I would probably consider them junk food too, but on the whole, that's a very healthy lunch. The food pyramid *does* allow sweets in moderation. Sheesh. I can understand the schools that are removing soda machines and making sure the cafeteria options are healthier, but they should draw the line there. If the *parent* has approved the child's lunch, that should be sufficient! I thought removing the soda machines was just to reduce the amount of sugar the parent *didn't* know about. Sheesh. I would put the snack back in, with a letter explaining that you have approved your daughter eating them.

11:20 p.m.  
Blogger Kare said...

I think pop and candy bars should be outlawed from vending machines at the schools. I feel very strongly on this. And I think that schools should only have healthy food in the cafeteria.
But I think fruit snacks are fine. Now a bag of chips isn't, in my opinion.
Peanuts haven't been allowed in schools here for years. We also had oranges banned because of one childs allergies. I'm ok with that. These are very serious allergies. If it were my child with the allergies, I would hope the school would help out.

2:26 a.m.  
Blogger Mimi said...

Here smack in the middle of nowhere Missouri. My grandson got his Capri Sun 100% frut juice sent much sugar. He barely eats its a problem he will always drink the juice so Hello better that than than an empty tummy. No more treats for birthdays. My DD is in grad school and the rule came down no giving treats for the tots even in testing. Alot of the kids are special needs and will only respond to treats. Some of the tests she gives even had different colored suckers as part of the test. Good grief.

1:49 a.m.  

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