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My son got a sticker for doing great maths work... And a mintie!
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#1 3Pirates

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:05 PM

My son is in year two this year and came home today with a sticker and said he got it for great maths work and he said he also got a mintie.

Those who know me know I have a bit of a thing about healthy eating, junk food and lollies, especially when it's kids.

My concern is that his teacher is using lollies as a treat reward when just the satisfaction of doing a good job, praise from his teacher and maybe a sticker should be enough!! NOT LOLLIES sad.gif

He started soccer this week and after the lesson the coach handed out snake lollies, ARGHHH!! We are trying to set a good food and exercise example and feel like I am being sabotaged at every turn as people 'in charge' try to fatten them up and give them cavities... sad.gif

Should I email the teacher with my concerns?

#2 protart roflcoptor

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:06 PM

Le sigh.



#3 zogee

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:09 PM

I wouldn't... I don't think one mintie is a big deal shrug.gif if you make it like lollies are forbidden it just increases their allure, IMO! What happens at birthday parties when the kids hand out lolly bags?

#4 ~sydblue~

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:11 PM

It is a mintie for gods sake. If he has an allergy to mint, then go ahead and have a whinge.

As for the snakes at soccer, get over it. Even at higher levels (premier league, state etc.) they have lollies, usually red frogs but snakes are another biggie. Especially at half time. They are not jeopardising your childs health or trying to undermine you.

#5 julz78

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:12 PM

I wouldn't, I definitely would not want to be that pita parent. Its a treat, a special treat for doing well. Its not a daily thing so he will be fine, sweets have their place in a diet. So long as he is taught it is a treat and not an everyday food I'm sure he will be just fine original.gif

#6 Lokum

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:12 PM

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Life must be barrel of sugar free fun at your place.
I totally think you should suck any joy or pleasure at your son's achievement out of the situation.

Hoover up the pride he feels at having his work recognised and consign it to the naughty bin!


Lollies are inherently evil!,

Edited to fix crap ipad typos.

Edited by Lokum, 12 February 2013 - 05:13 PM.


#7 TheWanderer

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:12 PM

I think you need to take some of these

then build one of these.

Edited by TheWanderer, 12 February 2013 - 05:14 PM.


#8 GreenEggJimmyJamma

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:13 PM

How is not allowing any treat foods teaching good habits??
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#9 Le-a

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:13 PM



Is it really such a big problem that you need to send emails?





#10 Niamh23

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:13 PM

While I don't agree with sweets as rewards....it's a Mintie!!!  wacko.gif

#11 MsDemeanor

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:14 PM

Chillax it is just one mintie.

If you go emailing or marching in there about this you are going to be known as ''that parent"" all the way through school. Do you really want that just because you have a ''thing" about junk food?

#12 littleboysmum

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:14 PM

It's certainly not something I would email a teacher about. I think you are overreacting.

#13 0zeKid

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:16 PM

We don't give a lot of lollies but don't make it bad for all the other kids by making a big deal about it.

Either suck it up and make that the only candy for the week/month or whatever, or give him something else and take the candy away.

They are kids and being a kid includes refined sugar - all we can do it limit it as much as possible.

#14 ELH05

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:17 PM

Honestly - Its No Big deal, its just a lolly - Chill out !
I wouldn't be making a fuss at all.  Imagine him being in a group situation where the whole team is getting lollies and your son doesn't get one - that would be a bit embarrassing for him I would think.  

If your rules are he is not to eat lollies then YOU need to make sure HE is aware of these rules and needs to abide by them.

Edited by ELH05, 12 February 2013 - 05:19 PM.


#15 shelly1

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:17 PM

Poor teachers. No wonder they struggle to attract and keep them in the job

#16 Alpha_Chook

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:18 PM

Mum didn't let us eat biscuits, or lollies or chips or any other junk food as a kid but I made up for it when I got older...

What about when they go to other kids parties?

#17 Le-a

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:19 PM

Perhaps you could supply all coaches/teachers with a bag full of dried bananas to hand out to your son when the situation arises?








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Edited by Le-a, 12 February 2013 - 05:22 PM.


#18 ~sydblue~

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:20 PM

If you have a rule that there is no junk food at home, then how is 1 little mintie going to hurt every now and then.

#19 Magnus

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:20 PM

Doesn't seem like a big deal, unless he turns out to be a maths genius.

#20 rainycat

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:21 PM

The horror. ohmy.gif

Please please don't send an email and get that teacher in trouble. It's a fricken mintie.

#21 CupOfCoffee

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:21 PM

If you think it is important, you can talk to the teacher about it and just say you would prefer your son just got a sticker (as opposed to email).

Personally, I toilet trained with tiny teddies, so I reward in delicious currency.  I also have fond memories of my son earning chocolate bars in class and we would share them on the walk home... it was delicious having the kid who did well in class.

But we all have different ideas of what is ok.

#22 BobTony

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:24 PM

QUOTE (Alpha_Chook @ 12/02/2013, 06:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What about when they go to other kids parties?

That's when the carrot and celery sticks get a workout.

#23 BetteBoop

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:24 PM

QUOTE (Magnus @ 12/02/2013, 05:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Doesn't seem like a big deal, unless he turns out to be a maths genius.


A toothless math genius ohmy.gif

#24 jill1972

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:24 PM

I actually thought you were posting because you were really happy about your son getting rewarded for his maths efforts.  But you've made it into something really negative over a friggin mintie.  I sure hope your son hasn't picked up on or heard your negative vibes & issues with lollies.  Far out, my dd would kill to be good enough at maths to get rewarded.  You should spend your time giving your son a pat on the back then on here complaining.



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#25 Maple Leaf

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:25 PM

When he's out of the house, he will gorge on all of the things you are denying him.

A mintie is not the end of the world.





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