Like many parents I’m preparing both my kids and myself for them starting school in September.
I already have reservations about the whole thing.
News this week regarding head teachers being encouraged to ban packed lunches to improve behaviour and a conversation with my 12 year old niece haven’t eased any of my worries.
I really don’t need anyone to feed my children for me.
I know Ahren loves tomato puree not ketchup, strong cheese not mild, strawberry yogurt not apricot and can eat a whole bunch of asparagus when he wants to but will run screaming from sweet corn.
I know Ethan doesn’t like cold things, prefers his stuffed pasta without sauce, likes savoury over sweet and knows the difference between Vegemite and Marmite.
Will the school cater to all their little quirks, not they will not, there will most likely be set menus with a like it or lump it attitude.
If a child doesn’t eat the lunch provided, I imagine they will go hungry until they get home at the end of the day.
I know the child won’t starve, but is a child who hasn’t eaten the lunch provided by the school likely to behave for the afternoon lessons?
I think not, they are likely to be cranky, maybe a little upset and have a growly tummy.
They wont be able to force a child to eat, unless they take away play time or whatever to bribe children to eat, and if they try this they are only going to encourage a poor relationship between food and reward.
I have children, not puppies rewarded by treats for good behaviour.
Some children and parents may indeed welcome lunches provided by the school, finances are hard for many of us, those should be the ones who are offered subsidised or free lunches, but those of us who can and want to provide a packed lunch for our children shouldn’t be prevented from doing so.
I’d have thought, whilst they are contemplating removing Teaching Assistant's from the class room, yet more changes to GCSE’s or whatever they are called and the length of the school year, they would have more important things to discuss than whether a child has a packed lunch.
Besides, nannie and doopa have already bought them their lunch packs!
Linking to Ranty Friday over at Mummy Barrow