Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sugar 'Em Up

At first read, one might think this article was written by a PWS mom, because her thoughts about food in the classroom echo what a lot of PWS parents see in their child's school.

But, like her, I have similar concerns about any of my kids who are in school. They just eat SO much sugar. In the last week, Cole came home saying they had "dessert" at school for 3 out of the 5 days he was there. And rather than it satisfying his little sweet tooth, it seems to set it afire. He asks for more and more. We then explain, again, that even though they gave him "dessert" at school, that is not something his body needs to get big and strong and he's all set on more sweets for awhile. This explanation is not sufficient for a 4-year-old (4.5-year-old - Happy Half yesterday, Coley!!), but it's all we've got.

Frankly, I don't understand why schools serve so much junk to kids, and often take away recess (that's another post altogether), and then everyone whines and points fingers when we talk about the childhood obesity crisis. Fingers usually seem to get pointed at parents, and RIGHTLY so. But if schools are going to feed our kids, then they share some of the responsibility too. We're in this together, right?

As we've found out through dealing with schools in terms of Dean and PWS, people get really defensive when it comes to *how* and *what* they feed children. So it's hard enough to speak up when it involves PWS, something that is a life-and-death issue. But maybe it's more of a life-and-death issue with ALL of our kids, too? Food for thought, for sure.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

Write Michelle Obama. She supposedly cares about the obesity issue.