(I posted this on the Health forum too - but there is little crossover between the two.)
We feed our six-year old daughter breakfast and send her to school with a packed lunch. Dinner has never been one of her big meals, but she is eating less and less of it because the rest of the world has decided they can feed our child JUNK. It really irritates me!
At school she receives "Breakfast in the Classroom" because it is a Title One school (over 50% of the students receive free or reduced lunch). This program provides breakfast for every child and teacher in school, whether or not they are part of the free/reduced lunch program. "Breakfast in the Classroom" should be about healthy food, but she is getting Trix cereal, Trix yogurt, juice, white bread bagels, graham crackers, Smucker's Uncrustables (an individually wrapped white bread peanut butter and jelly sandwich), etc. etc.
At her after school care program, run by the city, sometimes she gets fruit (apples or grapes) but frequently gets Cheezits or pretzels. If they get peanut butter with their apples it is the sugar peanut butter, not the natural peanut butter.
She is not hungry for her lunch owing to the breakfast and is frequently not very hungry for dinner.
I just feel like she is being force fed sugar. As a child I personally did not eat this much sugar and I didn't eat five meals a day, either.
What would you do in this situation? She is six and does not have the fortitude to say no to temptation when the rest of her peers are getting glorious, copious sugar.
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