\"this parent does *not* get it\" rant

Posted on: Wed, 01/12/2005 - 4:21am
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I posted back in December about an issue I took up at my son's school - each child in kindergarten gets a week to be the "star of the week", an activity that in the past always included snacks brought in. I fought to get the snack portion of it removed, and was successful. The program has only been going for a month now, and will continue until June.

So today I'm in the school talking with the woman who is co-class mom with me - we were deciding what craft to do with the kids for their Valentine's Day party. Another mom came up and mentioned that her child was the "star" the week of Valentine's, and started right in talking about the heart cookies she was going to bring. Of course I spoke up and told her that there are no snacks for star of the week - I wound up having to tell her *several* times, and finally outed myself as the one who requested there be no snacks involved, in order to have my son and another FA child not be excluded every week. Then she wants to make cookies for the class party - well, we only have one baked item each party (there's too much junk at the parties already, we definitely don't need any more), and it just happens that Val. Day is the one party I signed up to bake for. And I had planned to bake cookies for the party (the kids are getting tired of cupcakes [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] )I wasn't about to give up the one time I get to bake, and that ds gets to have the same thing as everyone else.

Anyway, then somehow the idea of lollipops was suggested - hello, what part of "no snacks or food" isn't clear? The teacher sent home a very clear notice that there was to be no snacks involved, just a few weeks ago! The last thing I heard was the mom talking about playing a bingo game with the class....with Hershey's kisses for chips. I gave up at that point. I will have a word with the teacher and have her explain the "no snacks/food" policy to this woman herself. It was pretty disheartening, because as I said, the memo just went home a few weeks ago - now I wonder how many others didn't bother to read it, or will forget as the weeks go by.

This same mom caused me no end of annoyance last year - when celebrating her child's birthday in school, instead of the usual cupcakes she brought in all the stuff to make ice cream sundaes. I mean, is that neccessary or even appropriate in school? Not one other mom did anything like that. And I don't want to seem mean, because I say this out of concern - but the child is an extremely overweight child, to the point where it looks like a serious health issue. Why push junk food on a child with this type of problem already? It's hard to understand the obsession with serving food in this situation.

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