My kindergartner went to school without breakfast this morning. The kind of cereal she wanted was all gone, and she flatly refused to eat anything else, even though she was offered several choices of things she usually likes. It was pure stubbornness on her part, nothing else. I explained to her with no success that lunch was several hours away and that she would be very hungry by then. Finally, I sent her out the door with her dad. Short of forcibly stuffing food in her mouth, it was all I could think of to do.
She hadn't been at school half an hour when I got a call from the health aid over there, who told me that kids showing up without breakfast was a big red flag and something that needed to be addressed. I told her what had happened, and that I had packed an extra snack in my daughter's lunch bag in case it was needed. The health aid seemed to accept the explanation, but none too graciously.
Can I get in trouble for this? I can see why the school wouldn't want parents to send their kids without *offering* them breakfast. But what was I supposed to do? It's not like this is a habitual thing. Will it go on my daughter's permanent school file or anything?
They can try to make a big deal about it, but you can't force her to eat. You would be in much bigger trouble for trying to force food down her throat than for packing an extra snack because she refused to eat. I would be tempted to throw this back at them and ask them what they suggest I do when my child refuses to eat. What solution do they suggest? Why would they automatically assume that I didn't try to feed my child before sending them to school?
That would really piss me off. I'm short on patience lately anyway, but this would have me in fits. It almost does already and it's not even my kid.
Answer by QuinnMae at 11:29 AM on Oct. 10, 2013
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Answer by kmath at 12:44 PM on Oct. 10, 2013
Maybe they should spend that time and energy on actually teaching children the basics of reading, writing, and math.
Answer by QuinnMae at 11:37 AM on Oct. 10, 2013
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