Finn is off at a “camp” this week in the morning. It’s 2 1/2 hours every day and the most we’ve been apart in a long while. It’s good for him to be with other kids, learn from other adults, enjoy arts and crafts, but holy smokes – I miss the little rug-rat! It’s really strange to have such a quiet house!
This camp was very good about letting parents know a snack would be served and asked parents to provide an alternative if the child has food allergies. I always try and provide Finn something similar to what other kids are having, because that feeling of being “different” or “left out” is intensified by 1,000 at this age, right? We all remember.
The staff contact I emailed shared that the morning snack schedule for the kids would be:
Monday: red jello and whipped cream
Tuesday: trail mix – crackers, raisins, plain M&Ms, etc.
Wednesday: cheese and crackers
Thursday: pretzels and chocolate frosting
Friday: cupcake in an ice cream cone
Well, let’s just say this is not what I was expecting. I was thinking grapes, carrots, crackers, maybe chips or yogurt, maybe even a popsicle on Friday, but not whipped cream, frosting and cupcakes… most likely at 10a.
It got me thinking and I’m curious… if this was your child’s event, even if they did NOT have food allergies and could eat anything on that “menu,” would you….
say anything to those coordinating about the options?
provide an alternative any (or all) days?
let them eat it and cringe?
let them eat it and scale back what they have the rest of the week?
let them eat it and not think a thing of it?
As school approaches for us next year, I know this is going to become a more day to day issue in our world. Both from an allergy perspective and from a sugar/health perspective. Some options won’t work for Finn and we will have to provide a safe alternative. Some options are “OK” for Finn, but far from healthy. I know what I feel about it, but I’m not sure how to handle it all yet or what to do, so I’d love to hear your thoughts. What you do, what works, what doesn’t, how you talk about it with your kids, their teachers, other parents, etc.
Let’s hear it: What Would YOU Do?