GOT a fussy eater at home? Then you’ll know all about the various food options you need on stand-by just in case your little one goes on hunger strike.
And when it comes to packing a lunchbox, let’s just say we throw countless things in there in the hopes that something will stick.
That said, one mum has hit back at her daughter’s “scary” teacher who shamed her for giving her “too much” lunch.
Posting about the encounter on Facebook, the mum claimed her five-year-old’s teacher demanded to know why she had included several different snacks.
She wrote: “I explained to her that she’s a fussy kid, so one day she will eat something the next day she will act like its poison and not touch it.
“I’m also trying to teach her a variety of foods because all this kid would eat is nuggets and sausages and eggs if I let her.”
I explained to her teacher that she’s a fussy kid, so one day she will eat something the next day she will act like its poison and not touch it…
Along with sandwiches, grapes, yoghurt, crackers, popcorn and ham, the mum had also sent her daughter in with extra containers filled with two muffins, a cookie and some extra popcorn.
“Here is an example of her lunchbox,” she added. “The banana muffin is for morning tea often with a banana or grapes.”
Asking for advice from other parents, the mum wrote: “This is my first baby in school, so yes I am still a newbie here!”
Needless to say, the post sparked fierce debate in the group.
What the NHS recommends children have for lunch:
The NHS gives a number of suggestions and guidelines on their Chnage4Life website.
- Base the lunchbox on foods like bread, rice, pasta and potatoes – wholegrain ideally – too keep kids fuller for longer
- If your child isn’t keen on wholegrain, try making sandwiches with one slice of white and one slice of wholemeal bread
- Try to keep lunchboxes interesting by using a variety of shapes like bagels, pittas and wraps
- Make food fun as lunches can be more exciting if the child has to put them together, like having foods for dipping and makes a change from sandwiches every day.
- Opt for low fat foods, like lean meats or fish.
- Cut down on the amount of spreads you put into sandwiches
- Always add a bit of salad and vegetables to the meal
- Cut down on the crisps
- Chop up some fruit or peal satsuamas and add those instead of sweets
- Cheese can be high in fat and salt so pick strong tasting ones or go for low-fat varieties
- Get the kids involved in making the lunch – they’ll be more likely to eat it if they helped make it
“I don’t think she has any business questioning what you pack your child, tell her to mind her own,” one replied.
“This infuriated me! Your child is fed,” another fumed. “Whether it’s too much. Whether it’s not enough. Whether it’s packaged. Whether it’s organic. You are sending your child with something. You are trying. You are being a mother. You should NOT be questioned!”
Meanwhile, a third said: “Definitely too much food, kids are not encouraged to share as you never know what other kids are allergic to also some parents would not appreciate somebody feeding their kids sweet stuff like choco cookies…”
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