Back-to-school marks the return of making lunches, keeping schedules and class celebrations. We want our kids to develop healthy eating habits because it is the foundation for healthy robust bodies!
The old saying holds true, “we are what we eat.” Unfortunately, these days kids are exposed to a variety of foods that offer little nutrition and plenty of sugar, artificial colorings, flavorings and preservatives.
A little of these foods once in a while isn’t the end of the world, unfortunately kids are eating processed foods all the time in snacks, juice, candy, toothpaste, cupcakes and more. The sad fact is that if the box has to tell you it’s healthy – it probably isn’t. Even things you pick up at the local bakery are filled with ingredients you can’t even pronounce? How are these foods affecting our kids bodies? Are they harmful or benign?
Has Junk Food Taken Over Class Celebrations?
As parents its our job to make sure our kids are eating healthy and developing healthy eating habits to last a lifetime. It seems that sugar and other junk foods have taken over celebration time at school! I’ve talked to many parents over the last year about this. Many of them told me they do their best to avoid junk food and would actually prefer to leave the junk out of the classroom, too. If your child is affected by sugar or food allergies class parties can be particularly challenging.
To help educate and inspire parents and teachers we’re starting the All Fun No Food Class Party Campaign right now! In the next few months I will post:
Lots of ideas for All Fun No food classroom parties
How to make your child’s birthday special at school with out the treats
Ways that make it easy and fun to spread the word to teachers and other parents
Fifty Years Ago it was Different!
Looking back forty to fifty years ago it would have been unthinkable for parents to bring in sugary treats or teachers to use candy as rewards. And with an increasing number of children suffering from food allergies, obesity and ADHD it’s time for things to change. Now, I’m not against my kids have a treat every now and then, but I want to be in control of what they have and when because I’m the one that has to deal with the fallout if there is any.
Can you relate? Have you ever had the experience of picking up your child from school only to find out they’re in sugar shock! Leave your Comments Below.
Are Sugar, Artificial Colors and Flavors and Other Junk Foods Really Harmless?
Do they have a greater impact on a child’s body then we realize? I think that a little bit now and again isn’t harmful, but kids are getting exposed to these foods ALL the time! Watch this video and let me know what you think?
We know that children learn best through observation, so our current practice with food at school has me asking…
- What are we teaching our kids when every celebration involves junk food?
- How can honor the spirit of the celebration in fun ways the don’t involve food?
- Are the highs/low of eating sugar affecting children’s ability to pay attention & learn?
- How can we turn celebrations into an inclusive fun-based activity so kids with food restrictions don’t get left out
Check out my blog post: Who Else Is Tired of Junk Food in the Classroom?
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