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Moms Q&A: Parenting Talk with Lynbrook Moms

Be part of the discussion on a weekly question posed by the Patch Moms Council.

Once a week on Lynbrook Patch, we're going to post Moms Q&A, an interactive feature in which village moms can discuss, debate or brainstorm parenting ideas with fellow parents.

Our Lynbrook Patch Moms Council, currently comprised of three Lynbrook mothers, will help get the conversation started. All residents are welcome to comment, though we do ask that all commenters be courteous and respectful of one another.

This week's question is: In a time when childhood obesity, food allergies and juvenile diabetes is on the rise, should birthdays and holidays be celebrated with food in school?

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Julie O'Connell February 24, 2011 at 10:43 PM
This is a difficult question! As a parent of a child with multiple life threatening allergies, I have strong feelings about unnecessary food being removed from school. The truth is, food allergies, diabetes and obesity is on the rise and our schools can help our children make better choices. In addition, removing food will help many of our students be safe. We as parents think too much about this topic...that our child will be distraught if they can't bring cupcakes for their birthday to school. Children are very understanding and are far better at adapting to change then we are. Children are satisfied with alternate options for birthday celebrations...and will quickly forget about the cookie or cupcake! As a teacher, I feel that too much instructional time is wasted eating food. I would much rather celebrate a birthday with a craft or a parent being a guest reader. It is also stressful for our teachers to take on the responsibility of keeping students with medical needs safe without the child feeling left out. I honestly feel we are begging for problems with all the food in our school buildings. With multiple birthday celebrations with food outside school taking place, is the cupcake in school really worth risking student safety and taking away valuable instructional time? I feel, as a society, there is no better time than now to make the change.
Maura Bermiss February 24, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Maura Bermiss I think this question leaves many parents with mixed feelings. I think there has to be some middle ground met among both sides of this. There are more creative ways to celebrate holidays other than with juice and cupcakes. However, maybe we could celebrate birthdays once a month or once a quarter in the classroom. This way there is not so much class instruction interruption and not so much eating sweets. I know all my children came home loaded with candy for Valentine's Day alone. Parents want to please their children and they want to play along with what everyone else is doing. If we do less and monitor for the food allergies the kids still can celebrate but just with more control. They will never miss it. Kids are very adaptable.
Cathy Woods February 25, 2011 at 12:27 AM
I would definitely be more concerned if my child had a life threatening allergy. However, I do believe the schools do a great job of informing the parents of any allergies within the classroom. I believe that in most cases, obesity and diabetes are a seperate issue and should be addressed at home first. I am a Certified Transitions Lifestyle coach, I educate families on how to eat healthy, be active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. If a child is taught moderation at home than a cupcake to celebrate a classmates Birthday shouldn't be cause for concern. We are fortunate today to have the internet where we can search for a healthy alternative recipe for cupcakes. Another option is the gourmet grocery stores like Trader Joe's and Wild By Nature whom carry these products to cater to our needs. Julie, I love your idea for the guest reader and craft, a fun way to learn. If you are interested in checking out my website to see what amazing work we have done with so many kids and their families, I will include the link below. http://www.marketamerica.com/index.cfm?action=services.custLanding&landingID=TLS_ShapeUp

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