; Life is like champagne......: Evidently I am in the minority

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Evidently I am in the minority

My daughter just started Nursery school this September, a very exciting time for all of us. She had a rocky start but has adapted and is now starting to enjoy her time there. Of course there are all sorts of things new to us such as snack time, daily routines and since it is a co-op, other commitments. What I did not expect was a situation I ran into this past Tuesday.
I picked my daughter up from school and found in her cubby what looked like to be a craft they did. It was a lollipop that had a napkin tied around it to look like a ghost, fast drawn on it. I was not sure if this was brought in for snack or actually a craft done by then. When I went to get my daughter, she immediately told me about the lollipop and wanted to eat it. Before this, she had no idea what these were and has not had ANY candy yet, she is not even three years old! I am trying to keep the candy/sugar on the low side. I was not happy to be put in this position by the school, trying to explain to her why she needs to eat lunch and this was a treat.
So why does this bother me so much? The fact the school has a no candy policy for snack time, that they were involved and candy is not needed to be given to children especially that young! There are so many studies on obesity and eating habits, candy does not need to be introduced as a healthy eating habit. I understand there will be times when I am not there at school or at a friends home that this will happen. But at Nursery school, completely unacceptable! Maybe someone needs to be a leader, step up to the plate and say "Wake up!". Here is where this completely surprises me as I am in the minority, many moms do it and think nothing of it. After all, Halloween is symbolized by candy, and you have your kids dress up, wouldn't you give them the candy also? Trick or Treat? Silly me to think that a treat can also be a cookie, fruit or even gold fish crackers!
I am still thinking about how to confront them on this and really feel I need to, even though I am not the majority.

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Michele Horne said...

I am not sure if you read my Twinkie post http://www.ayummymommy.com/2009/09/freakin-twinkies.html in which my daughter was introduced to true junk food at school, but I think we have a long road ahead of us. It seems as though there really is no way to shelter them, I guess we just need to hope that they make good choices.

Karen said...

I'm in the minority about this at my daughter's school as well. I'm thinking instead of confronting them, though, you should come up with some examples of healthier Halloween treats they could make and suggest that in the future they steer clear of the sugar.

The LeBlancs said...

In our house, our children still have to earn the rewards given to them by other people. Therefore, they would not get the candy until they finished their lunch.
But I don't think that confronting the school is the answer - at Halloween and Valentine's Day, her classmates may send home treats for everyone (we've always seen that at our preschool). The candy that issue might have actually been provided by a classmate or visitor to the class that day. The teachers have enough on their plates, they can't pull out the take-home snack that you don't want her to have.
I also think that this is a great teaching opportunity for you - that candy ISN'T healthy eating habit but that it is okay sometimes for a special treat.