Menu Plan: Grumble Vent


May I vent for just a moment?


So, as you all know, I love our public school. I’ve given you all innumerable reasons why that is so and, as I’ve said, our school rocks. It truly does. We have wonderful teachers and opportunities.




I was not exactly amused when my son brought home the letter from the “health teacher” who visits all the classrooms that detailed what all went in to a healthy breakfast and why it was important. Honestly, I was okay with that part. But I was not thrilled with the “pact” the children were asked to make to improve upon their breakfast choices for the next week.


When they reviewed what A. had had for breakfast that week? The only improvement they could come up with was, instead of the dozen white chocolate chips he’d had tossed in his vanilla coconut oatmeal, he should have chosen chopped apple.


Now. You’ll never hear me suggest that apples aren’t a healthier choice than chocolate chips. But… really??? My issue is that, even according to these guidelines (which are not gospel, for the record), the only improvement that could be found was so very minor. But now, guess what? My child is fretting about it. He’s questioning the dietary choices he’s making and worrying that he “ate something bad for breakfast.”


This isn’t the classroom teacher. I think she only stops in once a month. I don’t think I want to make a huge issue of it. But I can’t deny that I’m a touch annoyed. *grumble grumble vent vent*


That said, for the most part, the nutritional guidance seemed sound, in my opinion, and if it helps improve the quality and nutrient value of some children’s breakfasts, then I guess my annoyance is secondary.


Moving on!


Here’s the plan for this week:




Breakfast (for the littles before 7:30am Mass)–Cheerios, Applesauce

Brunch–Scrambled Eggs w/ Broccoli & Cheese (<– one of my faves!), Onion Bagels

D–Chicken Noodles, Jello, Fruit



B–Vanilla Coconut Oatmeal, Oranges, Milk (with apples? or choc chips? what do you think?)

D–Pasta Salad w/ Chicken & tons of veggies



B–PB Baked Oatmeal, Apples, Milk

D–Smothered Beef & Bean Burritos, Corn




B–PB Baked Oatmeal, Oranges, Milk

D–Tomato Soup, Italian Cheese Bread (date night!)


B–Cinnamon Almond Oatmeal, Juice

D–Turkey Burgers, Carrot Sticks



B–Strawberry Lime Smoothies, Toast

D–Chicken Parm Pizza



B–Pancakes, Bacon, Fruit

D–Hot & Sour Peanut Noodles w/ Broccoli & Chicken


And that’ll take care of it!


What do you think? Should my tall, slim, active eight-year-old be made to feel guilty for a dozen chocolate chips? 


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6 comments to Menu Plan: Grumble Vent

  • Kathy

    No he should not be made to feel guilty. More importantly the school should not be “pushing” on kids what they think parents should do to raise their children. I am a public school teacher and fight this battle every once in awhile at my school. Schools should not be allowed to parent my children. I am okay explaining a healthy diet, but don’t scrutinize my choices as a parent or work to get my child to tell me what to change. This is why we are having so many problems in society right now. Kids are being taught one thing at home and another at school. I wish we could go back to when it was my job to raise my child and the schools to teach them how to read, write, and do math.

  • Lori

    No, and so many kids have the same personality that they would feel guilty for something that is not a big deal. Most kids, especially 8 year olds do not have control over what their parents feed them. Explaining to kids what a healthy diet looks like is fine, and send literature home to the parents. But do not scrutinize the choices parents make.

  • Celine

    No one should be made to feel guilty about the food choices they make, lest of all a child who has little to no control over those choices. While I understand the nature of the lesson things like that can be very hard on children. It puts pressure on them that they should never have. It would have been just as powerful if they had taken a sampling of meals from all the kids to make a sample menu and then made healthy changes.

    I really like how people can look at a meal and claim to know that there are bad choices yet they really have no idea why certain foods were in the lunch. While there might be a better choice sometimes what appears to be a better choice really is not a better choice, it just depends on how your evaluating the items. Snack Food Example- Veggie Stick Puffs, Potato Chips or Tortilla Chips. One might think the Veggie Stick Puffs which have Spinach, Potato and Tomato in them might be the best choice if you change your criteria for evaluation you would find Potato Chips being the better choice. How you chose to evaluate things can make a huge difference in how you view food.

    I think that Teachers and schools should take things up directly with parents instead of encouraging children to talk or tell their parents things.

  • Laraba

    Yeah, and honestly, I don’t trust much of the current diet advice out there anyway! There is this whole “fat is bad” mantra which I totally don’t agree with. I am guessing the vast majority of educators would disagree with what we feed our kids but hey, the chilren are healthy, hearty, happy and healthy weights. So back off :-).

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