I find this disturbing but not surprising. There are still quite a few child care centers that lack positive role models and educated staff. There are policies that will help you. Google NAP SAC that is a national nutrition and physical activity assessment tool that will help you! There is lots on info in the program. I would demand a change it is setting the kids up for a life of poor choices. If changes cant be made you may want to look into another option.
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2/14/12 9:07 P
Wow. I thought schools were going to the other extreme. My kids can't even bring edible treats for birthdays. You could try talking to the teacher. Maybe you could suggest one of the days be a healthy snack like fruit or cheese. There are a lot of kid friendly healthy options. Would kid yogurt, goldfish or granola bars, be ok? Sort of a compromise between junk food and healthy. Since it is only twice a week, maybe you could just cut back on the amount of snacks you give the rest of the week. Just focus on healthy eating the rest of the week. Since you said it is a small town and you are new, they may not be very receptive to your suggestions, but at least you can try. : (
2/14/12 1:27 P
I am in the same boat. This year when my son moved to the Green room (the final preschool room before kindergarten) the teachers of this room have parents bring individually wrapped items that they can put into a bin so the kids can select the treat they want. Last year we were assigned a day and was told to bring in a healthy treat, this year it is all junk food. I ask the teachers if for our snack contribution I can bring in a healthy treat for the kids and they let me. Unfortunately I am the only parent that does this. I have tried to teach my kids to select healthy treats but that is hard for them when they are not available. The only other option I know of is to send a healthy treat with my son to preschool for his snack. I put a box of organic fruit bars in his cubical basket so he has a healthier option.
2/12/12 9:17 A
Who is serving the unhealthy snacks? I am an infant/toddler teacher and have worked in several centers where we as teachers had absolutely zero control over the snacks that are ordered and therefore served to the children. Everyone knows the importance of healthy snacks and teaching healthy eating for children, but for some reason the people that ordered the food in my last center especially didn't seem to care. Sometimes just talking with that person by other staff members isn't enough. However, if enough parents complain maybe something will change. Good luck. People seem to stuck in their ways about stuff.
I am appalled! I am a childcare provider and we place a premium on healthy snacks, healthy lunches, healthy drink choices (milk or water). I can only imagine that there are other parents (and perhaps the teachers as well) that are concerned about this problem. Make no mistake about it, this is definitely a problem. I think you have to be proactive, you have to be the change you want to see. You can't worry about being "that parent"--Lord knows that I have been "that mom" for 16 years. I, too, live in a small midwestern town and understand your social concerns. Kids have to be educated about healthy choices. They don't have to know it's healthy, they just need to know they like it. I like the idea of a letter, assuming it is to the teachers/director and not all parents. Start at the top, work your way down.
Once your little people move on to elementary school, the problem should automatically be resolved. I am not an Obama fan, but one thing I can say for him is that the Healthy, Hunger Free Schools Act is dynamite. A pain in the butt for administration (I also sit on our school board), but a great plan overall.
Please let us know what reaction you get/got from the school.
this shocks me as a pre school teacher, healthy eating is very important in our setting, good luck with talking to them and i hope you get the result you want x
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262 1/30/12 3:30 P
At my daughter's school, they can buy snack two days a week, and the choices are limited. Fruit snacks, juice, granola bars, baked chips, that kinda thing. I would suggest packing your daughter's snacks and talking to the teacher. If the teacher does not support your idea, continue sending healthy snacks with your daughter and encourage her to choose healthy snacks at home and at school.
I must say, I'm a little surprised. The school my girls are in encourages only "healthy snacks" and lunches to be sent and they also run a snack program a couple times a week. Generally this is fruit and veggies, cheese, whole grains. It's mixed up every week. For holidays and birthdays and such we are told not to bring cupcakes or anything of the sort- mainly due to allergies,but still.
My kids love their "healthy" lunches. I try to keep it different and creative each week so they don't get bored.
I am "that mom" in my daughter's school. I'm the one asking the teachers what my 9 year old has for homework and I'm the only mom checking the assignment checklist the teacher posts and asking the teachers how my daughter is doing both academically and with her behavior. Last year my daughter's teacher actually hinted that I might consider backing off. (LOL she only did it once as the suggestion went badly for her.) Since her first week of kindergarten, my 4th grader has had a lunch packed for her every day unless she has earned a tray through exceptional behavior. Now, she'd rather choose her own lunch snacks than have a tray. Certainly make an effort to communicate with her teacher and provide the school, and hopefully through them the other parents, with healthy snack options; but, be prepared to come off as 'that mom." It's tough, but I would certainly send her to school with a packed snack if the sweets and junk keep being offered. If it were once a month or once every few weeks I might be inclined to say let it slide, but training kids to expect crappy food on a regular basis is not acceptable IMO. This is the age when they begin to develop their palette and taste preferences and nothing is more important than making sure they start from the healthiest possible place in life.
1/27/12 7:22 P
Thanks, everyone! :) My husband and I are going to work on a letter this weekend. Trying to work the wording to offer our case without sounding like we're attacking the current system. I will update with a summary of the response I receive! :)
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1/27/12 6:25 P
my daycare provider actually said that the other kids were getting treats and I was doing my son a disservice by bringing healthy snacks, could I please send treats so he wouldn't feel left out?
I flipped out.
I don't give 2 poops if I get labelled "that mom" if it is in the name of health.
1/27/12 2:50 P
Hi Hi! To be honest, I am a little surprised at the rules at the school being laxed...esp. with all the info we have out there and how childhood obesity is on the rise. .All 3 of my kiddies had "healthy snack rules" and this was at 2 different preschools and one elementary. Even girl scouts and soccer have the rule as well. The other rule was no nuts. I just enrolled my almost 3 year old for next year and I stopped in to drop off the registration and it was snack time....I saw apples, crackers, pretzels, string cheese etc etc.
Anywho, sorry to get off topic but I would definitely mention something to the teacher. And maybe take it upon yourself to organize the info to promote healthy eating. I know you can't control what other parents give their children but if the school/teacher set the rules from the start of the year, then it shouldn't be a problem. You wouldn't come across as arrogant, controlling etc etc...you would come across as caring and wanting to be involved and there is nothing wrong with that: ) Let us know how it goes~
You can't control what other parents bring in. I suppose you could ask the teachers if they could implement rules, but, you are likely to come off as "that mom" no matter what you do. I'd address it in a way that was light, maybe just with the lead teacher one day at pick-up. "Hey, I've noticed that Daughter has been eating a lot of sugary treats lately. Do you all have snack rules?" If they don't set them or get the hint, maybe ask that she not be given the snacks and provide your own for her each day if it's that important to you. Be aware though, that, at some point, depending on the kids' ages, this could lead to her being teased. Kids can be cruel, and sometimes they pick up on any perceived difference and use it against another kid.
The other thing is, it's only 2 days a week. What about limiting what you give her at home to make up for it? If you would normally give, say, 5 sugary treats a week, what about limiting it to 3 to make up for what she's getting at school? I personally don't see two sugary treats a week as a huge deal, but I also know that many people here would recoil in horror at the foods that I feed my family.
Edited by: JENMC14 at: 1/26/2012 (14:21)
1/26/12 1:59 P
My three year old daughter attends a wonderful preschool program two days a week. The only complaint I have is that they serve unhealthy snacks all the time. The typical snack is Lay's potato chips, cookies, cupcakes, and other unhealthy packaged treats like little debbies with a cup of milk. Parents take turns bringing in snacks on a weekly basis. They seem to always follow the rule of bringing white milk in to accompany the snack. However, the teachers do not have rules about what kind of snack to bring in except it cannot have nuts.
My husband and I have made it a HUGE priority to feed our children healthy, organic when possible, natural, and as unprocessed as possible. At first we thought it was a problem of birthdays, but I haven't heard about a healthy snack yet and was horrified after witnessing several morning parties (10 am) where they gave them pre-filled plates of cookies and baked goods. I felt like the parents around me thought I was extremely cruel when I limited my daughter's cookie intake to two.
I would like to write a letter and ask the teacher to consider a rule about healthy snacks. I would offer any help she needs and have found many resources online. I have access to a doctor who would love to talk about nutrition to the parents. In the mean time, I'd like to bring in snacks for own daughter.
How I can make this succeed without coming off as condescending, arrogant, stuck up, controlling...? I would like to add that we do give our daughter treats, and we realize we can't shelter her forever. We go out for ice cream, eat cake on special occasions, etc. We are already outsiders (from another area) in a small, close knit, rural southern mid-western town. Thanks for your suggestions!!!