Article by Phoebe Egoroff
Everyone has different boundaries when it comes to what they prefer their kids to eat, and that’s totally fine.
But one mum has sparked a lively conversation online after revealing she was shamed by a teacher for sending her three-year-old kid to nursery with a slice of home-made chocolate cake.
The mother said she ended up feeling guilty about the snack she provided when a teacher wrote her a passive aggressive note.
A friend of the mother took to Facebook to post a photo of the note, which read: “Your child has chocolate slice from the red food category today. Please choose healthier options for kindy (nursery).”
“My friend (mother of 8 healthy children) received this today from her three year old’s kindy. I told her to put in two slices tomorrow and tell them to get lost,” the mother wrote.
The post has since gone viral, receiving thousands of comments and reactions from Facebook users.
In the comments section, the mum’s friend continued: “Just to add my friend makes everything from scratch for her kids including bread and serves fresh healthy food everyday,” before adding that her friend and her friend’s husband both have degrees in health science.
Many people agreed that the cake shouldn’t have been an issue, with one person writing: “Nice way to undermine parental authority in the kids’ eyes.”
“We can’t have anything fun to eat here,” someone else concurred. “They even take chips and chocolate out [of] the vending machines.”
Though, not everyone agreed.
“I don’t have a problem with this. Could be a bit better communicated perhaps. At my kids kinder and primary school it’s only fruit/vege and healthy food.
“Nothing pre packaged full of chemicals and numbers. The word ‘treat’ needs to be redefined so we are not feeding our kids a heap of processed foods,” they added.
It looks like the jury is still out on this one, but we’re firmly in the camp that nobody should be policing what’s in a kid’s lunchbox.
Is there really anything controversial about a slice of chocolate cake?!