I think it's fine if it is an occasional thing. where DD used to go they had a healthy eating policy, and don't get me wrong i'm all for educating kids about healthy eating. However this policy drove me crazy, no b'day cake, no lolly bags, no this or that in the kids lunch box!!!! it was just so difficult.
The canteen sold only healthy lunches- nuggets, spag.bol. the frozen variety, then you just toss it into a different container to make it look home made
i think what we need is middle ground.
we are overseas at the moment and granted childhood obesity is a non issue here, but schools don't make a huge issue of food and it just takes away a lot of the pressure.
Hmmm....I am guilty of this today! (High school). But first time all semester. I rarely do it. This was a prize for 'best presentation' and the kids voted on who should get the 3 prizes (a freddo). I think it's ok on occasion, but not as a regular thing.
I think it's terrible as a regular thing. As a teacher I don't do it as common practice. But sometimes, maybe once a term (if that) I might do an optional quiz or fun thing and the winner gets a freddo or iceblock from the tuckshop. All in moderation. We have a fruit break too in my class, but I don't think the odd treat is a bad thing, teaches moderation too and that it's okay sometimes.
I dislike lolly jars on teachers desks as a constant form of rewards. In fact, I'm one of those crazy people/teachers who don't believe in rewards based system as a foundation of behavior management etc. I find words of praise and encouragement much more effective. (besides, if I have sweets in the classroom I usually just end up eating them myself!!).
Don't like it.
As far as I know, my kids teachers don't do it. I dont even like when kids bring birthday cupcakes coz of the artificial colours in the icing!
Hate it and if it happened at my kids scool I would be going to a P&C meeting and expressing my concerns for the message they are giving kids and requesting that they change the rewards to non edible items. When I was in primary we got scratch and sniff stickers and they were awesome!! I still get a bit excited when I see them, just because I remember how I felt when I got one at school as a kid.
I am a cakes/lollies/biscuits have a time and a place type of attitude with these things and my kids but I was rewarded with food as a kid (great report card, lets go out to dinner to celebrate, did well in something 'woohoo, lets have some chocolate' type of stuff) and I'm nearly 30 and still struggle to have a healthy relationship with food...I am generally healthy and quite strict on what I eat but I fall off the bandwagon at least once a year. I don't want my kids to have this struggle...DH was never rewarded with food, and food was something you ate to keep your body alive and working, there weren't emotions attached to it and he has such a great relationship with food....
sorry went off on a tangent there
Geez some of the responses in this thread are a bit extreme!
What happened to kids being kids - its a treat for gods sake!!
It's a pretty long bow to draw that kids getting a lolly as a reward in class will lead them to developing an unhealthy relationship with food!
Kids not being able to bring cupcakes to celebrate their birthday, sheesh - next there will be threads judging parents for giving out lolly bags at parties!!!
My youngest has diabetes, so I am looking at this from an entirely different perspective. I don't think it's fair to dish out lollies in the event that other kids in the class can't have them (whether it's due to allergies, intolerances or whatnot).
In any case though, I think it's still up to parents and parents alone to give kids lollies...I really hate when my kids get given lollies. I don't care if I sound anal...there are plenty of other reward things that kids love.
As a teacher I give rewards but they r things like pencils, rubbers etc. kids have never complained
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