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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    I actually detest the fact that any institution can tell parents what to feed their children. It makes me really mad. If they're not providing nutritional food themselves, then IMO all they should be able to do is offer guidelines. I don't think it's anyone else's god damned business what I feed my kids.
    I think this stuff about restricting foods and shaming kids about what's in their lunch box is going to backfire catastrophically.
    It's really really hard for us.
    Ds#2 barely eats anything the preschool allow. He takes the same food 3x a week every single week, jatz, cheese and a container of tuna. He used to eat my baked muffins and stuff but this year someone has an egg allergy so i cant make him anything anymore. He eats veggie chips but they wont allow it.

    So difficult. He wont eat bread or fruit or anything so.. Argh. They wont let him have an up n go or any type of meal replacement drink either as they don't allow milk!

    Then they constantly report that he often complains he is tired and really flat and hard to motivate to get off the floor.

    Thats because he is consuming maybe 300 calories whilst there as he is so over the food i do send with him he only takes a few bites.

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    I would have thought plain corn chips are just as fine as plain crackers. And I think home-made cakes and biscuits should be fine too.

    I had no idea preschools could be so fussy! It's hard enough giving DD a variety of healthy food when we can't pack her lunchbox with eggs (eg. hard boiled or frittata slice) or nuts (eg. Trail mix or muesli bars) or hummus.

    Kids need some carbs with their fruit and veg. Crackers, plain corn chips and the occasional baked treat won't hurt anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    I actually like the fact they can tell you what to pack for lunch - I'm sure. 90% of the kids bring ok stuff but I've heard so many stories. ( on here mainly !) about the appalling food that some poor kids have to eat for lunch - it's those kids who do need looking after so at least at school their parents are made to make decent food choices for their children
    Do you have even the smallest idea of how impossibly hard it is for some parents to make 'good food choices' for their kids? Really really effing hard. I know single mums trying their hardest to bring up their kids, keep a roof over their heads, feed them something they'll eat. No-ones taught them to cook from scratch. They are worn down and don't have the energy to home bake lovely treats, or even probably to fight too hard to get their kids to eat a decent serve of veggies. Sure, there are some parents who just don't care. But for every one of those there would be 10 more who were mortified and shamed that the lunch they packed wasn't good enough. And just imagine what it must be like for those kids going into class every day, to have their lunch taken away because their lunch isn't good enough. It's disgusting.

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    No milk?!!! Why, does someone there have a milk allergy?

    This all sounds so strict. Not looking forward to packing my DSs lunch next year!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    I actually detest the fact that any institution can tell parents what to feed their children. It makes me really mad. If they're not providing nutritional food themselves, then IMO all they should be able to do is offer guidelines. I don't think it's anyone else's god damned business what I feed my kids.
    I think this stuff about restricting foods and shaming kids about what's in their lunch box is going to backfire catastrophically.
    I think you might be right. I wasn't allowed any treats through primary school, so once I went to a high school with a canteen I went CRAZY - eating sausage rolls, choc milk and muffins EVERY day. I still have a sugar addiction.

    DH on the other hand was allowed to have those fun sized packets of chips in his lunch and other little treats, and he and his sister are lean, muscly healthy eaters who have always made healthy, balanced food choices.

    I used to be paranoid about what my 3 year old ate, now I know that moderation is the key. Depriving kids of occasional treats won't help them in the long run.

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    They should promote healthy eating but seriously, OP the food sounded fine.

    I too get really peeved at preschools confiscating food out of a child's lunchbox particularly like that mentioned in the OP. I pack the food that I think (a) my kids will eat and (b) that will actually stay edible in a lunch box all day.

    The food my kids take to preschool is not representative of what he eats the other 5 days of the week.

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    Yet another reason why I dont send DS2 to any sort of daycare. I am absolutely dreading him starting pre-prep next year and copping flack over his limited diet.

    Some people really have absolutely no idea. OP I would be really irritated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mummytomy2boys View Post
    the chips were most likely over a certain salt per 100 gram ratio, alot of pre-schools ban home made foods now as there is no ingredience list their for you cant be sure it is nut / egg / whatever free and 'safe' plus you cant follow the docs 100 g requirements,

    blame the govt, not the pre-schools
    Yeah but the home made biscuits?

    What drives me nuts is it's completely inconsistent between centres. How can a preschool have these rules yet a school doesn't?

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    Agree with @FearlessLeader

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    We've been at centres where store bought cakes / biscuits were not allowed - only home made. That's the inconsistency I'm talking about.

    Sorry i'm not picking on you as I know you're only explaining it from your side but how could the centre in the OP's case allow a Le Snak and not what the OP packed.


 

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