Is a school only setting a good example if there is a blanket ban on ALL junk food ALL the time?
Unfortunately schools can't please everyone. Anyone, really!
We set healthy food guidelines and then get told to 'mind our own business' by parents when trying to enforce them.
Then when we have 'red' food days twice a year where 'junk' food is allowed and we get told by other parents that we should be 'setting an example'.
Personally I wouldn't mind if my kids went to McDonalds on an excursion.
I would think that the reason that McDonalds was chosen would be because of it's mass appeal. By that I mean that I would guarantee that (probably) EVERY child in the class would be able to find something that they would eat there.
It would be all very well to take the kids for sushi or something more healthy, but if only half of the kids would actually eat it, the point is lost.
Sure the kids could bring their own lunches, but I bet that at least 95% of those kids are really looking forward to their McDonald's lunch! Mostly for the novelty, not the 'junkiness' of it. I know my class would love it! I don't see the harm in a once off.
Feel free to go ahead and post in the thread I just started black eyes pea, pls note I am 38 weeks pregnant with a sore pelvis with my 5th child and work full time and standing in the kitchen at the end of the day cooking (in addition to the other stuff I have to do daily ie laundry) is heinous
I also know how to cook, and sorry but it's not quicker to cook a meal for 7 people than get takeaway, bearing in mind that the 20'mins you spend waiting for takeaway could be spent doing other housework that is waiting to be done after work
I remember at school going on an excursion to McDonalds. Not just to eat, but did a full tour of the place.
I also think that sometimes cooking is not the issue, its quick to cook it and then takes time to clean up all the mess.
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That's why I love my slow cooker! On days when its full on and I know I'm not going to have the energy or the will to cook, I just chuck something on in the morning and away we go. Like today...we're having a tuna and pasta casserole! Yum!
But we have t-away too...usually about once a fortnight if that and usually it's pizza as it's more economical for us. And maybe a lunch outing if I'm out with the littlies we might have something at the food court or maccas or something. I think teaching my kids moderation and good food vs sometimes food (I don't call any of it junk or bad) is my responsibility.
I couldn't care less what the school promotes as I'm the parent and what I say gives presedence. Just so happens that our school has the same 'moderation' thing going on so we have pizza parties and all sorts of things going on (especially this time of year and yes it IS a celebration) but tuck shop is getting more and more health orientated which just so happens to co-incides to what I teach.
Deserama did you do the entire tuna with pasta in the slow cooker? Have thought about breaking out the slow cooker but its so bloody hot, actually not sure i can eat a casserole type meal ATM
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