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#1 KatakaGeoGirl

Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:24 AM

Would it annoy you if your child was told they couldn't bring an apple for brain food? I acknowledge that she is fussy, so she'll really only eat an apple, banana or watermelon - and it happens that this week apples is what we have left. Generally we do get watermelon in season but not for every day. We tend to shop once a fortnight, then string it out for the last few days until we do our fortnightly shop. Now of course I'll go buy some bananas today no matter how expensive they are (and we're down to our last $$ until tomorrow), but it kind of annoys me that they'd tell a Prep child they couldn't an apple. FWIW She's a child who has had eating issues in the past, she is a very slow eater so I understand that. But if I were the teacher I'd still let them eat it and either put the rest in their bag or chuck out half the apple. She came home yesterday with more than half her lunch not eaten, and I do hope this hasn't put her off eating. I have a difficult time getting her to eat well in the first place. I'm also very emotional at the moment due to other stuff going on, so I'm possibly completely overreacting.

#2 TenYears

Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:29 AM

My child's school requested that apples be cut up and perhaps the whole apple not sent.  It really is just meant to be a very quick five minute snack while working and few kids can eat an entire apple as quickly as that.

#3 follies

Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:30 AM

Tell the teacher that it is not up to them to dictate the food you give your child.

#4 JillyJellyBean

Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:30 AM

Yeah I reckon that would bug me. An apple is perfectly acceptable brain food, if we are talking about teaching the children healthy eating habits. I believe berries are the best fruit for the brain, but thats not really the point is it?

Hope everything else is ok OP.

#5 Carmen02

Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:31 AM

yes it would annoy me! my 8yr old DS has severe food issues and once in a blue moon he will eat an apple its the only fruit he will eat and it is a miracle if he eats at all at school

#6 BadCat

Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:32 AM

Yes.  I'd be annoyed.  

But I would also not send a whole apple for brain food because my kids take forever to eat an apple.  I'd send them with half each, chopped up for ease of munching.

#7 KatakaGeoGirl

Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:37 AM

The reason was because it takes too long to eat. But I don't think that's good enough. I know I can cut it up, but we all know apples taste best fresh. Otherwise I need to seek out very small apples apparently - which isn't always possible. But yeah it annoys me. But at the same time I know I'm really on tenderhooks at the moment so wondered if others would be annoyed. I should let it go. I'll continue to send apples whatever the size and tell my daughter she can eat them.

#8 Gumbette

Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:37 AM

For those who wouldn't send in a whole apple, how do you stop the pieces going brown? Salt water?

#9 KatakaGeoGirl

Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:38 AM

It wasn't directed just at my daughter, but at all those in the Prep eating apples. It is has obviously been talked about in the school because the other teacher new about it. So I assume it will be in the newsletter today :-/

#10 HairyMaclary

Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:40 AM

I'd be annoyed too. My Ds insists on taking a whole apple for fruit snack. We have enough food battles around here without fighting that one too.

#11 casime

Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:42 AM

I think you're being oversensitive.  It's not directed at just your child, but all children.  They only have a limited amount of time for snack times, so giving a child a piece of fruit that takes them half an hour to eat just isn't practical.  They can't waste school time sitting there letting your child eat while everyone else is finished.  Send it cut up or a different piece of fruit.   It may not taste as fantastic pre-cut, but it's school, not a gourmet restaurant.  

#12 liveworkplay

Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:44 AM

It would bug me and I would continue to send apples. I have 2 kids who will eat any fruit and one who only eats watermelon, strawberries and apples. That child only ever takes an apple as she says the rest is too messy and takes too long to eat laughing2.gif

They can't waste school time sitting there letting your child eat while everyone else is finished.

In my preppies class, once you have finished fruit, you go straight back to your table/group and work. You do not wait for everyone to finish. My grade 2 they just eat at their desk as they work (unless they have a messy fruit, so apples are the prefered by most kids) Why would you have to wait until everyone was finished? huh.gif

Edited by liveworkplay, 04 December 2012 - 08:47 AM.

#13 Oriental lily

Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:44 AM

Wow.thats ridiculous.

My midde child is the  opposite. Would not eat a apple if bribed but gobbles down bananas.

Sometimes the bagged apples are smaller perhaps look out for that?

Op you could also write a note and say any apple not eaten can be popped back in lunch box. The brown bit can be cut away and therest eaten at home.

It really should be a none issue though.

Edited by Oriental lily, 04 December 2012 - 08:45 AM.

#14 WithSprinkles

Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:47 AM

QUOTE (casime @ 04/12/2012, 09:42 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think you're being oversensitive.  It's not directed at just your child, but all children.  They only have a limited amount of time for snack times, so giving a child a piece of fruit that takes them half an hour to eat just isn't practical.  They can't waste school time sitting there letting your child eat while everyone else is finished.  Send it cut up or a different piece of fruit.   It may not taste as fantastic pre-cut, but it's school, not a gourmet restaurant.

Agree with this.

#15 KatakaGeoGirl

Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:54 AM

Oh I know it is not directed to my daughter or me - not over sensitive about that. Just annoyed because I think she should be able to eat an apple, and I think discouraging them to is going to have a negative effect about her wanting to eat. Which is an issue and yes I get sensitive to that because she's spent most of her life on the lower of the percentile for weight, and with very slow eating patterns. She doesn't put on weight, so it is an issue for me because her weight concerns me. I know they don't know this, but to tell her she can't have the food she loves, is annoying. And its not like it is a chocolate bar - it is an apple!

#16 casime

Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:56 AM

But no one is saying she can't have an apple.  Just that it needs to be provided in a way that gets eaten within the allotted time frame.  Cut it up, problem solved.  There's really no need to make a federal case about it.

#17 Lolpigs

Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:00 AM

Food rules ALWAYS annoy me, I'm already getting annoyed with others telling me what my child can and can't eat..and my DD eats all fruit. I would send the apple anyway cut up into small pieces, and just before you cling wrap it put it in a water and lemon juice bath for about 2mins.

#18 KatakaGeoGirl

Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:03 AM

QUOTE (Madame Catty @ 04/12/2012, 10:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't suppose they could cut it up for her?

*cues teachers coming in ranting "... do you think I have time for that?  I've got to blank and blank and blank and wahhhh poor me"*

I ask because ds' class do platters of fruit every morning - it's cut up fresh that day.  Parents are on roster to bring a couple of kilos of fruit twice a term.

haha. No. That wouldn't happen. I get a lot of 'I don't have time' from this teacher (she has two prep teachers, the other is away at the moment I can't imagine her supporting this).

#19 casime

Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:07 AM

*cues teachers coming in ranting "... do you think I have time for that? I've got to blank and blank and blank and wahhhh poor me"*

Oh FGS, yes teachers should cut up 30 pieces of fruit for precious little petals who can't cope with the fact that their apple might have been cut a couple of hours before consumption.    rolleyes.gif

#20 Kreme

Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:08 AM

Gosh I hate silly food rules. DS only eats apples and strawberries. All of a sudden strawberries have been banned at preschool because they are allergenic. But nobody in his class is actually allergic to them blink.gif .
I'd cut up half an apple OP and see how that goes.

#21 JJ

Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:12 AM

QUOTE (Gumbette @ 04/12/2012, 08:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For those who wouldn't send in a whole apple, how do you stop the pieces going brown? Salt water?

Put a bit of lemon juice on the cut surfaces? Or just cut it, put it back together and as PP said, wrap it in clingwrap. If it's cut & eaten on the same day, it shouldn't go too brown.

But yes, it would annoy me to be told she can't bring an apple, though I can understand the reasoning about a whole apple taking too long ot eat.

#22 *LucyE*

Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:13 AM

I just send cut up fruit. It's not that big a deal.

I don't suppose they could cut it up for her?

*cues teachers coming in ranting "... do you think I have time for that? I've got to blank and blank and blank and wahhhh poor me"*

I ask because ds' class do platters of fruit every morning - it's cut up fresh that day. Parents are on roster to bring a couple of kilos of fruit twice a term.

When my kids were in prep year, they did platters too. But instead of wasting precious teacher time, parents volunteered and came in to cut up the fruit. The parents also cleaned up afterwards.

Then we'll have the brigade of ranting parents who are too busy, I've got to blank and blank and blank. Poor me.

It's impossible to please everyone. Rather than whinge, just get on and do it.

#23 Feral Becky

Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:14 AM

What is brain food?

#24 Therese

Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:16 AM

We always had to cut the apple up so it didn't take too long to eat.

#25 FeralZombieMum

Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:22 AM

QUOTE (Gumbette @ 04/12/2012, 09:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For those who wouldn't send in a whole apple, how do you stop the pieces going brown? Salt water?

You can use citric acid, orange juice or just a piece of orange in the container (I might rub the orange over the apple if I remember).

Wrapping it up in cling wrap would be a no no at our school as they are a zero waste school

I can understand their issue with the time factor, but I would be a bit annoyed if the school tried to dictate this to us. My kids only like certain fruits at school (sensory issues with the stickiness) and if the school were making a big issue about it, I would ask to see where it is stated in their policies. wink.gif I would calmly tell the teacher that although I understand the reasoning behind it, they cannot enforce it. Some kids will only eat a whole apple because they don't like how it goes brown - although the orange juice etc can stop the brownness, it changes how the apple tastes, and sometimes my kids then refuse to eat it.

Over the years some of the teachers have even tried to dictate when my kids could bring home their drink bottle - they want them to remain at school for the week, so you bring it in Monday, fill up at start of school, and bring home Friday.
I prefer to wash them every night, and I don't like how the kids fill their bottles up in the morning at the school - they put them down in the grotty bubble taps and fill them - the bottom of the bubble taps can get quite gross and sometimes the drain is blocked (from food, packaging and leaves), so there is dirty stagnant water that gets over the bottom of the bottles. I've washed the bubble taps in the past when on weekend maintenance duty and was shocked at the disgusting state they were in (think 40 degree day and some teenagers had smothered the bubble taps with fish and chips and gravy (which had dried on the drinking part) and left the half eaten fish floating in the blocked basin.  sick.gif

My kids get sick enough times as it is, so I like to reduce the chance of it happening - by ensuring their bottles remain clean, and that they have clean fresh water.

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