“lunch box policing” makes my blood boil.
Parents are trying their best. Kids may have issues around food as it is, and this sort of thing will cause them issues if they don’t have them already. As someone with ARFID, as a child I often got treated like i was disobedient or difficult for not being willing to eat certain things, and didn’t understand why people had to be so controlling and couldn’t just accept “he only eats the foods that he likes, and that’s not one of them”. Now… this was the late 70s and the 80s, people didn’t really know any better back then. Now it’s 2018, there’s no excuse for this ignorance. It is tantamount to child abuse in my opinion. It makes me irate. Children should not be made to feel guilty or shamed about eating when they are hungry.
Last year, my oldest son started school. I was excited and a little apprehensive about what the year held for him. Unfortunately, this excitement wore off pretty quickly.
On day 2, my son received a card in his lunch box – “We love your healthy lunch” and a newsletter stating the school rules around what can be eaten at each lunch break.
My bubble of food joy and peace burst right there and then as damage-control kicked in.
I ended up writing a letter to the school about my experiences as a parent and an APD. I offered actionable suggestions about how the school could support my child and the school children around food, eating and nutrition.
Here is the letter I wrote:
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