ban school packed lunches. Yep, you heard me right. Apparently having a school dinner will help prevent those children heading into obesity stay the right side of it. Rubbish!
For one, giving a child one 'healthy' meal a day does not mean that at home they didn't eat a pile of sugar-coated cereal for breakfast with a milkshake and in the evening won't be eating chips, egg, burgers and beans followed by a bowl of ice cream with chocolate sauce, and snacking on crisps and chocolate in between does it. Will the Government have spies who will perhaps be popping round our houses every morning and night to ensure our children are fed right? Surely that has to be the next step.
Naturally Labour say that free school and academies are allowing junk packed lunches. Oh do shut up.
I for one am totally against school lunches and here's a number of reasons why:
1. I do not wish to be forced to pay £50+ per month, per child, for something I do not agree with. In fact, I will *not* be told what to do regarding food for my children at school.
2. My middle daughter is a fussy eater and, trust me on this, making her eat a school lunch will upset her beyond belief (I know this categorically from her nursery days) and will stop her learning process in the morning due to the distress of knowing what's coming at lunchtime. Fact!
3. The assumption of the report seems to be that the school lunch is the only cooked meal a child gets. In this house, we all sit down to a good, healthy dinner every day.
4. Parents who feed their children unhealthy items will do so regardless of what they eat lunchtime at school so again this country seems to want to punish everyone for the sake of the few clueless idiots.
I am sick of this big brother attitude to life that is being forced upon us all now. We are grown up and have choices. Yes, you'll always get those that make the wrong ones continually but that is what human nature is all about.
Instead of forcing everyone to have a school meal, how about prosecuting those parents who allow their children to become morbidly obese as surely that's a form of child abuse?
As for my packed lunches, leave them well alone. I will not be told what to do for my children by some quango who will now no doubt spend many more millions of my taxes looking after the few at the expense of the many.
Tattooed Mummy has a great blog piece on this and you can read it right here.