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Chocolate for breakfast? Fruit and veg with every meal? Give us your advice on the perfect diet for youngsters.

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      28.12.2010 19:35
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      food is good

      It seems as parents we are getting this forced down our throats. Letters from school, healthy eating weeks at school etc.
      Surely as parents it is up to us what we feed our children?
      Apparently not! As the minority don't understand what to feed their children to keep them fit and healthy we all have to pay. I understand that some adults might need educating on this but that shouldn't mean that I have to have my child weighed at school to check she is not obese.
      Well I didn't; I refused for my child to be weighed and for it to be noted down. Why? because she is healthy and this was happening in year 6 (just before starting high school). I do not want my child getting hung on things like weight I want her to be a child that enjoys food and exercise.

      I think the government should stop all this, 'lets ram it down parents throats how to feed their children'.
      Children need food from every food group, they need carbs, protein, fruit and veg, dairy products and fats and sugars (yep they need them too).
      Children should be able to be children and eat lots of different foods, but even the less educated parents must surely understand too many sweets is bad for the child. But this doesn't stop some of them giving their child a kingsize mars bar for dinner (yes I know somebody that did this). So maybe we need to look at the reasons this is done, is it laziness or that some parents really don't get it?

      I think the schools need to lay off dictating and the government need to find another method to get the details to these people that don't know what to feed their children.
      My daughters both have breakfast before school/nursery and they both take a packed lunch and then we have tea at home.
      For breakfast they have fruit juice (which goes towards one of their five a day, anymore and it doesn't count). In the week they mainly have porridge made with semi skimmed milk (which children can have from 2 as long as they have a varied diet), now and again they have weetabix or yoghurt with cereal.
      My eldest takes a snack to school - cereal bar, fruit, toast , malt loaf or sometimes biscuits. My youngest gets a snack a nursery or has one at home.

      In their packed lunch I try not to put the same thing every day as I think sandwiches can be boring everyday. So sometimes they will have a wrap with salad and quorn or cheese, or even just quorn sausages. Other days it will be pasta or sausage rolls (we don't eat meat so it will be quorn or soya). They always have at least one peice of fruit (grapes and strawberries go down well) but sometimes more. Sometimes the youngest has a yoghurt and they both like it when they have coleslaw with breadsticks or pepper and cucumber sticks. They only occasionally have crisp or a small chocolate bar, not because I disagree with them having them but because they want them after their tea. I tend to put a cereal bar in or sugar free jelly as a treat.
      It is all about moderation, sometimes I let them go mad, if you ban everything bad then it is wanted all the more.
      It is about educating and not dictating if a child tries something new at school and enjoys it then chances are they will ask mummy or daddy to buy it and hopefully most would.

      Children need lots of different food but also exercise which doesn't have to be structured, if money is tight you can still exercise and eat well. Dance around the front room, skip, go to the park, make a treasure hunt when the time allows.
      Buy tinned fruit it all counts, and baked beans are really good they contain iron and they go towards their 5 a day.
      My youngest loves spread cheese and loves dipping so sometimes for a snack she is allowed to dip cucumber, pepper or even cooked baby sweetcorn into a little tub of it. That's fun and good stuff.

      At nursery letters are left in the childs little pouch on the way out, one day I said to my youngest 'oh we have a letter better take that', the manager kind of laughed and said I don't think you really need that. I didn't realise at the time what it was but it was all about healthy eating and what to put in your child's lunch box. I think she felt a bit embarrassed but they have to send these letters out. It does make me wonder what some people put in the lunch boxes as it recommended things but there were some things on the letter that apparently are not allowed - sweets,.
      So think everything is ok in moderation but don't give sweets and chocolate as a meal.

      My children are like any others they (mainly the youngest) love chocolate but that doesn't mean they get it every time they want it. If that was allowed my youngest would eat nothing else, so she has to understand it's a treat. ..


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