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Can a teacher withhold snack for bad behavior? *Need answers please*

Posted by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 5:34 PM
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I am having a hard time finding Texas laws for schools about meals/snacks/punishment. Can anyone help me?


My son is almost 4.  He goes to mother's day out two days a week.  He said that today most of the kids didn't mind Mrs. Kristy, so nobody got snack today.  When I was a teacher at a daycare for 5 yrs, we were always told to withhold toys/centers/outside time.  Never food.  Is that something teachers can do?  Is it right?  Need answers/opinions.  I don't feel it's fair to make ALL the kids do without bc most were bad.  My kid scarfed down his snack I packed for him when he got in the car bc he was so hungry.


by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 5:34 PM
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alwaysyoung
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 5:36 PM

I don't know if they can do that but it is not right. I would never withhold food from a child.

iamcafemom83
by Rah-Rah on Dec. 1, 2009 at 5:36 PM

i dont think they can. its usually time outs and have toys taken away. im pretty sure that is a no-no! follow up with the director. and if that doesnt work, try the people that do the inspections!

i.heart.rachel
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 5:37 PM

They can do whatever they want.

I mean, it's not RIGHT.. but as far as that goes.. there's no rule a kid has to have a snack. Know what I mean?

I would be asking about it, though.

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snowpeasmom
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 5:37 PM

in my phsyci class they said NEVER NEVER use food as a reward or punishment with children. And I agree with it 100% on certain people it causes eating disorders

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adamjackie
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 5:39 PM

I would not think they could but I dont know. With holding food from a child as punishment is wrong imo.


Meganskiddos
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Thanks ladies.  I totally agree with ya'll.


deltacogirl
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Withholding snack is actually grounds for dismissal at many daycare centers.  I'd call the director to find out what's going on, because that's not at all acceptable.  I would have been fired if I had done that, and I worked with elementary kids.

college.mom0f2
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 5:40 PM

In the state of Colorado it is illegal to with hold food, contact your state licensing agency and make a report! 


KyliesMom5
by Platinum Member on Dec. 1, 2009 at 5:41 PM

I would be complaining to the princepal about this. It is not right to withhold food from a child especially a young child.   

terrabiglieri
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Well when I was taking classes to be a pre-school teacher, one of my instructers said you NEVER use food as a form of punishment, so Id be mad. There are far more things she could have taken away. Food is not a reward, but a necessity.

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