So our government is constantly saying that parents don’t feed their children properly, that children are inactive, obesity levels are skyrocketing, that there’s too much sugar in food. They also tell us that school dinners are the answer to making sure our children are fed well during the school day. In fact, I was harassed hard to sign my small son up for school meals, as part of the free meal system for his age group, and we are assured that the food is healthy and appropriate.
One of my children currently eats school lunches, for practical reasons. I have eaten the school lunches, myself, they aren’t bad, as school meals go.
What I do want to know is why children are offered cakes, sugary puddings and treats at lunchtime? Why does my child come home and tell me that there was cake, custard, flapjacks, cake bars, stodgy puddings on offer as dessert but if u choose to send a treat in a lunchbox, I’m told off and it’s not allowed?
Why is it for school to offer my children sugary, calorie-laden puddings, when at home they get offered fresh fruit or unsweetened yoghurt with fruit?
Why are these things on offer, if the health and diet of our children are such a concern? Children will choose them if they are offered.
Once again, our government tells us we are rubbish parents, THEY know best, yet our children are being fed junk?
I have nothing against a good stodgy pudding with custard, cake or other treats, I just object to my choice being taken away, being told I feed my kids badly – which by and large I don’t, and being told I can’t put a flapjack or home made cake treat in a lunchbox, but they can choose cake at school lunch? Makes no sense to me? Surely I can’t be the only one who feels this way?
This school dinner inspired rant was brought to you by Friday’s Rant from the Soap Box in MY Living Room.