My son, like many children, is not a vegetable eater. The joke around our house is that offer him tongue, octopus, or eel and we have a winner, but suggest broccoli and you might as well have just told him he must eat poison. When he was a preschooler, he would not eat the vegetables in his lunch, no matter how attractive I made them or even if they were his favorites, so I stopped packing a vegetable. I did pack a fruit, grain, protein, and milk . . . well, most of the time there was milk. It just seemed silly to pack something I knew he would not eat, and I, also, knew that he got his vegetables at home (where he would actually eat them) and that we eat a healthy diet- hence, my resentment.
As a result, I do not relish the idea of telling families how they must feed their child, but I do understand the intent behind these regulations, and as a provider would find it easier to tell a parent that the law says you just have to do this. I want parents to choose healthy food for their children, but I am wondering what role should child care regulations have on how parents choose to raise their child, and how do we encourage parents to make positive choices for their children?
Of course, lunches are only an example of the ways we want to keep children healthy and safe, and issues we need to educate parents about. So what are the ways you think we can accomplish this and what role do you see regulations playing, if any?
With Warm Regards,
P.S. On a different note, I am conducting a survey to see what the financial needs of preschools are, and what types of funding they are recieving. If you are an administrator in an EL program, please take a moment to take this survey (I promise it will be quick).
"The older I get, the more I marvel at the wisdom of children."