When I went to pick up Izzy from school yesterday, the teacher pulled me to one side - in front of all the other parents - to "have a word". Those of you who have children may know the embarrassment this causes - what had Izzy done now? Hit a child? Been hit? Been rude? No. It was me that was being judged this time. Ironically, considering my rant on the subject a few days ago, the lunchbox that I had sent Izzy in with yesterday had been deemed so inadequate that they'd made her a sandwich to supplement it! The culprit? Two cheese muffins.
When I make a batch of cheese muffins each Sunday for Liam's breakfasts, there are two mini ones left that I give to Izzy in her packed lunch one day. So I give her these instead of sandwiches. Unfortunately for me, Izzy decided to tell the teaching assistant that they were cakes. Now Izzy knows they are cheese muffins, they quite clearly have melted cheese on them as opposed to icing, but this teaching assistant apparently went rushing to the cook saying "this child's lunchbox is full of cakes, I need to make her a (dry salad) sandwich!"
It was unfortunate that yesterday was the day I'd decided to break my own self-imposed rules and send Izzy in with a (shop-bought *gasp*) mince pie as well. But even so, her lunchbox consisted of cherry tomatoes, a kiwi, a little yoghurt, a cheese string, 2 mini cheese
When I was told about this yesterday, I was so embarrassed that it was all I could do to say that the cakes were actually cheese muffins and offer to pay for the sandwich they'd made. This morning however, I went back into school to talk about it, and about the healthy lunchbox sticker thing as well.
I get that yesterday's incident was a misunderstanding - they apparently thought I must've forgotten Izzy's sandwiches on the side (which would've meant I was planning to send her in with a lot of food!!). A bit of an over-reaction perhaps, but a one-off. I'll just make sure to label anything that doesn't fit the stereotypical sandwich + few extras lunchbox contents. I already do this with things like quinoa leftovers to save Izzy remembering what they are, but I thought the cheese muffins were pretty self-explanatory!
I have now also got to the bottom of the sticker thing though - apparently it is to discourage parents who send their child in with three chocolate bars of four frube yoghurts (!). A small amount of crisps in a tub is ok, but not a whole bag. Or a small chocolate bar, or a small piece of cake. Portion sizes seemed to be the main issue - apparently we should only be sending our (4-7 year old) children in with a sandwich made of one slice of bread as two slices is too much food for them. I always send Izzy in with a two slice of bread sandwich and, as far as I know, she always eats it all.
Apparently something is going to be written in today's newsletter about all this, so I will be interested to see what it says. I still really don't like the whole sticker thing though. As someone commented on my previous post, it is effectively punishing the children for things the parents do, and it is placing way too much importance on the contents of the lunchboxes. Children need to eat. They all have different appetites and different tastes, so I don't see how these stickers can be applied by people who really don't know them as well as their parents.
In my slightly annoyed state this morning, I took a photo of next week's school lunch menu to see how it compares:
Obviously some of the choices are ok, but some not so much. Izzy normally has school lunch on Tuesdays and Fridays, but I really don't see how the vegetarian option of "cheese puffs" (ie puff pastry and cheese) is ideal - at least they can't judge my cheese
Ok, I'll stop now...I'm not making much sense to myself, let alone to other people who can't see all the random thoughts swirling around my head!
I'll show you some of the foods I've been eating this week instead! :) We're away this weekend so I've pre-written a couple of posts, so tomorrow you'll see a lot more of what I've been eating (hint: it involves a lot of pumpkin) but here are couple of the photos that aren't going to be in that post...
|Quinoa with roasted peppers, goats cheese and cucumber - I made a big batch of quinoa at the start of the week to make lots of lunches|
|Pitta bread overspilling with avocado and Brie, enjoyed in the sunshine yesterday|
|Toby's latest thing is trying to open the stair gate!|
What are you all up to this weekend? Any fun plans? We are off to Bath for the weekend. My Dad lives there, but will be away, so we can stay in his house. My main reason for going is to go to the Love Food Festival on Sunday, but I'm sure we'll find lots of other things to do as well! I'll tell you all about it on Monday and in the meantime, as I said earlier, I have a couple of pre-written posts lined up for Saturday and Sunday...I hope you enjoy them and have great weekends! :)