How much sugar is your child given at school?
At the beginning of the year (Kindergarten) we received a letter detailing childhood obesity, the problem it has become in this country, and what to do about it. Since then, my child has been plied with sweets and candy weekly: chocolate for helping clean the room, candy and frosting etc to create cute food projects, ice cream and cupcakes in the cafeteria. She comes home with stickers on her shirt that instruct me to go to Dunkin' Donuts to support the school, or buy a cake for valentines day, or suckers for field day. On Dunkin Donut Day there was even a man dressed in a donut costume to entice the children. For the 100th day of school, the children got "100" snacks - a mix of m&ms, fruit loops, skittles, chocolate chips, marshmellows, etc.
I'm not overly strict at home; we all love sweets, but we keep it to a reasonable limit. After dinner dessert is fruit. Once in a while we'll go out for ice cream; for birthdays we enjoy cake. I can control the poor food supply in the cafeteria by packing my DDs lunch, which she prefers. But I can't control the onslaught of candy and sugar that is supplied to or pushed upon my daughter. And most of all, I do not understand how a school who took the time to write and the resources to distribute a letter on childhood obesity can justify the choices they make for our children throughout the year.
I'm very distressed about this, so I'm sorry to vent, I just know that if I say something at school or write a letter that I'm likely to get a) blown off or b) a name for myself, which may impact my DD.
Thanks for listening everyone.