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I’m Sure They’d Like to Give Me a Ticket

By Glinda


I was waiting for it. It was just a matter of time. The notice finally came home with my son last week.

Dear Parents, it read, due to the large number of birthday parties in which foods like cupcakes and donuts are brought to class, combined with the food allergies some of the children have, we are now forbidding junk food at the school.  We are just trying to keep your kids healthy, because healthy kids make better learners, blabbity blabbity blaaah.

Even though I have noticed not a smidgen of a weight problem at our school, (I think the allergy reference is a red herring, because they know it would be beyond politically incorrect for parents to call the school and say, “Screw the kids with food allergies, my son deserves a cupcake on his birthday!”) they’ve gone and done it.

They have now started being the food police.

I’m annoyed.

The area in which I live is filled rather to the brim with trim, wealthy, older moms who forbid their children to drink anything but water at lunch.  Or to have anything unhealthier than goldfish. I’m not kidding, a friend of mine is exactly like that.  She could not even bring herself to allow her son to have any junk food at his birthday party, and served a bunch of eight year olds grapes and tomato and mozzarella salad.  At a birthday party.  Now, I am certainly not one who advocates eating junk food on a daily basis, but if you can’t let go a little at a birthday party, there might be some issues that go beyond “committed to a healthy lifestyle.”  This is the same child, who, when not with his mother, takes every opportunity he gets to ingest as much sugar as possible.  Meanwhile, my son, who is definitely allowed leeway in the junk food area, will choose the healthier option about 80% of the time. 

So even though I’m not a libertarian at heart, I’m chafing at the rules the school has decided to impose.

And just to spite them, I’m packing Halloween candy in my son’s lunch every day this week.  And maybe the next.

Disgruntled snort sound here.

5 Responses to “I’m Sure They’d Like to Give Me a Ticket”

  1. Awesome Mom Says:

    Yeah we get that a lot out here too. When we lived in Kansas no one batted an eye if people brought in cupcakes for birthdays (I kept is sensible for the teacher and sent mini cupcakes). Now that we are back in Cali it was clearly emphasized that healthy snacks must be brought for birthday parties. I am not sure how popcorn which could be doused in butter would be any better than sugar laden cupcakes. Quite honestly I would rather not bring anything than have such heavy restrictions put on what I did bring.

  2. marvel Says:

    I *heart* Glinda!

    My oldest daughter’s pre-school was designed as a safe haven for kids with bad allergies, and even they were allowed to bring in certain kinds of candy (non-chocolate–lollipops, smarties, etc) for special occasions. Okay, so you might ask what the point of non-chocolate candy is, but there really were kids there who would anaphylax to peanut dust. But at least they could bring in happy sugar treats on occasion!

    It’s very hard to raise kids with a healthy appreciation for food. I try to emphasize that anything is okay in moderation, and we all need a good balance of protein, fat, sugar, vitamins and minerals. (Protein makes you strong. Fat gives you energy. Sugar is the only kind of energy your brain can use. Etc etc). But it’s hard not to instill “food fears” unintentionally!

  3. gemdiva Says:

    I’m with you 100% on this one Glinda. I mean come on, have you ever tried to put birthday candles in a carrot? Sugar consumed in responsible amounts on special occasions does no harm to children if they are also given the option of healthy snacks. Balance and moderation in all things.

  4. Sarah G. Says:

    My elementary school tried this last year and the parents, for the most part, ignored the edict. The PTA hasn’t said boo this year. One tiny concession on my part- I bring in home made sugar cookies instead of homemade cupcakes for my twins. It was their idea and it’s much easier for me!

    Conversely my son, who has Cystic Fibrosis, is on a high fat and high salt diet- yes a happy meal is health food for him.

  5. class factotum Says:

    Good story in the NYT about candy and sugar: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/27/dining/27candy.html?_r=1&pagewanted=1&ref=nutrition

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