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to think that my DSs should be allowed to eat what I give them at breaktime?

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lonelymom Thu 25-Sep-08 17:47:26

My DSs school seems to have an unwritten rule that they are ONLY allowed fruit at breaktime. Problem is one of my DSs only eats bananas unsupervised. Any other fruit and I have to stand over him saying 'Git it down yer throat NOW!'. Anyway as his bananas have been coming home uneaten and bashed (even though he has a 'bananaguard' being the height of coolness that he is) I started to give him 'schoolbars' and apple crisps but he is coming home saying that his teacher will not let him eat them and he has to put them back in his bag angry. Now come on - these are a form of fruit wink, they contain lots of fruit anyway. I am furious about the apple crisps as these are essentially dried apple slices dipped in lemon juice. I have spoken to his teacher about this a few times and she has said that it's OK so I don't know what the hells going on. This nanny state we live in makes me bloody angry. I am a grown adult who should be able to decide what my kid eats!! If I want to give him a Mars Bar, I should be able to, fgs. By the way, my other DS (in a different class) gets to eat his.

Yorkiegirl Thu 25-Sep-08 17:49:28

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saint2shoes Thu 25-Sep-08 17:54:16

i think the whole thing is daft

gagarin Thu 25-Sep-08 17:54:39

"but he is coming home saying that his teacher will not let him eat them"

"I have spoken to his teacher about this a few times and she has said that it's OK"

Well - it might be the dinner ladies (known as "teachers" by loads of children)who are saying no to something with "crisps" in the title - or - it sounds as though your ds doesn't want to eat the apple crisps so is blaming the teacher?

Go in again - take your ds and a sample packet and get her to tell him he can eat them.

LadyMuck Thu 25-Sep-08 17:54:54

He's at school - you don't see exactly what goes on, or whether he actually wants to eat something at a given breaktime.

Worthwhile getting confirmation in writing as to what the policy is - do you have a homework diary that you can write a note in? Once policy is in writing then it should be easier. Unwritten rules are a bit of a nightmare, and frankly teachers have an awful lot more to worry about.

ALitteEmbarressed Thu 25-Sep-08 17:57:04

shockThe world has gone mad!!

hatrick Thu 25-Sep-08 18:00:56

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Combustiblelemon Thu 25-Sep-08 18:01:14

Er, if he was coming back with his bananas uneaten, is it possible that he's forgetting about/ignoring his apple crisps etc. and making an excuse?

misdee Thu 25-Sep-08 18:04:14


we are only allowed fruit in its true form at school mon-thursday.

those days dd2, takes an orange, slices into quarters, banana, or pear. she is allergic to apples.

pointydog Thu 25-Sep-08 18:04:41

Stupid rule.

Unfortunately you might have a long slog ahead of you to get them to reconsider

JuneBugJen Thu 25-Sep-08 18:06:15

Sorry, as a dentist I think it is great that they are enforcing this. What child is going to die of hunger from not having a mars bar and it wouldn't be fair on the others. Not sure about the apple crisps though, have a word as it seems like a sensible solution. Perhaps some rice cakes as well?

NormaSnorks Thu 25-Sep-08 18:10:18

"Problem is one of my DSs only eats bananas unsupervised"


Perhaps you need to work on your son's eating habits, not the school food policy...

It's a slippery slope for schools - if one child brings in apple crisps, then the next brings in a 'fruit (sic) winder' and then someone will be arguing next that pop-tarts are fruit....

Our school has the same policy, and I just tell the DCs that it's fruit or nothing. End of. Plenty of time for Mars bars and crap at home and weekends.

JuneBugJen Thu 25-Sep-08 18:11:38

Or how about some carrot sticks and cucumber?

pointydog Thu 25-Sep-08 18:13:57

Is that the choice then? I feel like a snack... what'll it be... fruit or mars bar

AbbeyA Thu 25-Sep-08 18:19:01

YABU the school will have a healthy eating policy and will be working towards a healthy schools award. If he is hungry he will eat fruit, if he won't eat it he isn't hungry and can wait until lunch time. I would have thought you would have been pleased to think that other children are setting a good example and he might follow. I don't know any state school who allow food other than fruit at break time.

AbbeyA Thu 25-Sep-08 18:19:43

I can only speak for my LEA.

pointydog Thu 25-Sep-08 18:20:00

loads in scotland

bythepowerofgreyskull Thu 25-Sep-08 18:23:03

stupid rule or not it is the rule.

if it is the rule you undermine the school by suggesting your child take it.
If you want to change school policy then try but don't just keep sending it if he isn't allowed to eat it.

imananny Thu 25-Sep-08 18:23:47

our school only allows fruit

agree with Abbey - if he is hungary he will eat fruit - must be something he likes apart from bananas - if not then he can wait till lunchtime

its nice that schools ban crisps as well, its not good for children to eat crisps every day at break/lunch

loobeylou Thu 25-Sep-08 18:24:24

most schools try for the healthy options these days, ours says no fizzy drinks with lunches as well as only fruit/veg/pure cheese at break.apart from anything else it makes the kids behave better. fruit gives a natural boost to help them learn without sending them doo lally - try teaching them when they have all stuffed their faces with sugary sweets and pop!

some of dd friends take a penguin AND a Kit Kat AND crisps every day in their lunches (yr4) and this is a school with affluent parents in a middle class rural area of southern england, who you might think would know better. good job they are not allowed anything but healthy options at playtimes IMO !! otherwise the obesity/diabetes epedemic would be even worse!

jasper Thu 25-Sep-08 18:27:33

Our school hasd a similar policy and I think it's great.

My kids often bring their fruit home uneaten .
I assume they are not hungry enough.

They would def eat crisps if given them, so I am glad crisps are not allowed if you see my logic

jasper Thu 25-Sep-08 18:28:56

By which I mean they would eat the crisps despite not being hungry, and thus end up fat like me sad

imananny Thu 25-Sep-08 18:30:12

ditto jasper - fruit would always be ignored/forgotten if crsips were on offer ( I LOVE crisps)

handlemecarefully Thu 25-Sep-08 18:32:09

Have you checked whether cheese and crackers are allowed for snack time? We have a healthy eating policy too, but teachers are quite happy for mine to have ryvita and a bit of brie.

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