A couple of days ago I Tweeted about a segment on “Good Morning America” where they featured a woman who is on a crusade to ban cupcakes at children’s birthday celebrations in school. I got several comments from friends and thought I’d open up the conversation here. The Mom in the story wants parents to have to sign a permission slip before their kids are allowed to eat sweets at school. She comes from a family history of obesity and doesn’t want her kids to have to deal with this in their lives.
While I think she’s on the right track with wanting her kids to eat healthy, I think she’s taking it too far. She gives her kids plastic containers to bring to school so that if they get a cupcake, they are to put it in the container and bring it home. Once home, they will talk about it and they might be able to eat it.
All I can think of is these kids toting home cute little frosted cupcakes, then still not being allowed to eat them. I’m pretty sure I’d scarf that cupcake down before I made it home.
I think it’s about moderation. We can’t control everything our kids do. We aren’t with them all day. If we mandate permission slips for each and every thing our child is to ingest, it won’t teach them about self control.
- You can read the GMA story here.
What do you think?
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