EVEN though it’s something we do an almost daily basis, packing our kids’ lunchbox for school is always a guessing game.
Some days, they’ve barely touched it and on others, they’ve demolished the whole thing.
The mum has been sending her six-year-old into school with three containers of food – but was told this ‘wasn’t enough’Credit: Facebook
So with this in mind, we can sympathise with this mum – who was shamed by her teacher for “not packing enough food” for her six-year-old son.
Posting on a parenting Facebook group, the woman explained how her son’s school has two “nutrition breaks” a day.
To keep up with their schedule, the mum sends him with his normal lunch and then two separate containers with half a bagel, crackers and some fruit for these periods too.
That said, her son’s teachers keeps a bowl of “cool snacks” – which can contain anything from a granola bar to a squeezy yoghurt – on her desk for kids who are still hungry.
Although the teacher said these were just for “emergencies”, the mum was left fuming when she heard her son had been given several snacks on top of his huge lunch and “nutrition break” offerings.
She wrote: “I have enough issue with him eating one of those foods but on the Friday before last they gave him FOUR sugary snacks at school.”
When she took it up with the teacher, they replied: “Well what am I supposed to do when he’s still starving?
“If you don’t want him eating school snacks, pack more food.”
The post sparked fierce debate in the group as people were in awe of the huge amount of food she was preparing for her son each day.
One replied: “If she is offering snacks, they should be healthy options. I’d talk to the principal.”
Meanwhile, others said they wouldn’t be able to afford to send their kids in with this much food on a daily basis.
Another added: “I do wish my sons school had a snack bin because it’s really hard financially for me to pack lunch every day and two snacks.”
Trying to find a resolution, a third wrote: “Maybe some parents can make a classroom donation of healthy snacks.”
What the NHS recommends children have for lunch:
The NHS gives a number of suggestions and guidelines on their Chnage4Life website.
- Base the lunchbox on foods like bread, rice, pasta and potatoes – wholegrain ideally – too keep kids fuller for longer
- If your child isn’t keen on wholegrain, try making sandwiches with one slice of white and one slice of wholemeal bread
- Try to keep lunchboxes interesting by using a variety of shapes like bagels, pittas and wraps
- Make food fun as lunches can be more exciting if the child has to put them together, like having foods for dipping and makes a change from sandwiches every day.
- Opt for low fat foods, like lean meats or fish.
- Cut down on the amount of spreads you put into sandwiches
- Always add a bit of salad and vegetables to the meal
- Cut down on the crisps
- Chop up some fruit or peal satsuamas and add those instead of sweets
- Cheese can be high in fat and salt so pick strong tasting ones or go for low-fat varieties
- Get the kids involved in making the lunch – they’ll be more likely to eat it if they helped make it