Mom is shocked to find a note in her three-year-old’s lunch box scolding her for an ‘unhealthy’ addition – so how would YOU take it?
- A note from a kindergarten teacher has divided parents across Australia
- It advised a mother to pack healthier food after giving her child a piece of chocolate
- Australian writer Melinda Tankard Reist said she would tell the teacher to ‘get lost’
- The note sparked outrage among parents who think they ‘can never win’
A note from a kindergarten teacher berating a mother for packing an ‘unhealthy’ lunch has divided parents across Australia.
The woman was stunned when she opened her three-year-old’s lunch box and discovered a letter criticizing the food she had fed the little one.
‘Your child has a piece of chocolate from the Red Food category. Please choose healthier options for Kindy,” it read.
The mother is a friend of Australian writer Melinda Tankard Reist, who shared a photo of the note on Facebook and told her fans exactly what she thought.
This note from a kindergarten teacher berating a mother for packing her child an ‘unhealthy’ lunch has divided parents across Australia
“My friend (mother of eight healthy children, what follows regarding number seven) got this today from her three-year-old’s child,” she wrote.
“I told her to make two slices tomorrow and told them to get lost.”
She added that her boyfriend has a degree in health sciences, serves fresh food every day and cooks almost everything herself, including bread.
The note is believed to refer to the ‘traffic light system’, healthy diet guidelines used in educational institutions in Australia and New Zealand.
The green category refers to the healthiest food choices, including snacks that are a good source of nutrients and low in saturated fat, salt, and added sugars.
Foods in the amber category should be eaten in moderation, while things in the red category should be limited. This brace contains junk foods such as sugary drinks, lollipops and slices.
The note, which has racked up nearly 3,000 “likes” since it was posted online, sparked outrage among parents who said they increasingly felt they “can never win.”
“Looks like someone had nothing better to do with their time than going to a lunchbox inspection,” one woman wrote.
‘What’s next? That she’s going to decide when the kids can catch their breath?’
Another added: ‘I would write a note to the teacher – I am responsible for feeding my child… you are responsible for raising him/her. Enjoy your day!’
The note is believed to refer to the ‘traffic light system’, healthy food choice guidelines used in educational institutions in Australia and New Zealand
A third revealed that the constant surveillance of her son’s lunches prompted her to transfer him to another school.
“When my son was in kind, they would take things out of his lunch box if they thought they weren’t healthy and wouldn’t let him eat them. That’s why we took him out of that strain and put him in another,” she said.
Others, however, had a more balanced response.
“As an early childhood educator, I can see it both ways,” one woman wrote.
“We have to follow certain rules regarding the food children are given while attending the service. We can even lose our accreditation if an inspection takes place and we don’t follow those guidelines!’