It bothers me. There's a story on Yahoo today about a computer system you can use to check what your kids are eating at school. And you can limit what they can or cannot eat, how often, etc. I have a couple of thoughts on this.
- If we don't want our kids eating crap at school, STOP SELLING CRAP AT SCHOOL.
- If you don't want your kids eating crap at school, and the school sells crap, pack them a lunch. Better yet, do it with them, so they can see what healthy choices are. Tell them, it's good to have some protein, some carbs, some calcium, some fruit, veggies, etc. Get them involved in the process. (Not that I do this, really, but we have talked about why I pack what I pack).
- If kids don't have some practice making their own food choices, when are they supposed to learn? So, if the school serves only healthy options, the kids learn within those options. If the school also serves crap, the kids learn within those options. You can discuss nutrition with your children, talk to them about healthy choices, an acceptable amount of junk to include in a 'healthy' diet, etc. But at some point, they need to be able to make their own choices.
- Our culture is already SO obsessed with food...do we really need to be doing this to our kids?
- If you have nothing better to do than spy on your kids' lunch decisions, get a life.