We regrettably have our two-year old daughter in daycare. The Center we chose fit alot of what we were looking for except the food. They proudly reported that they serve USDA 'sanctioned (and partially funded)' meals twice a day...breakfast and lunch. I asked for a sample menu and stewed over it at home- pizza bites, potato pockets, chicken nugget shapes, and fruit in HCFS. It was very disturbing. We had been packing her breakfast and lunch prior when she was with a private sitter and asked the Center Manager if it was acceptable if she brought her own meals. She had to get 'permission' from Corporate and called back acknowledging that nobody have ever asked that but it was 'ok' to pack her meals.
Yesterday I dropped her off late and everyone was eating breakfast. Fruit Loop cereal with ultra-pasteurized skim milk in a styrofoam bowl. I nearly sh!t myself. Our daughter sat down in front of one of the bowls and I asked her to sit somewhere else because somebody else was obviously sitting there. The teacher came in and said she could sit there and poured milk in the bowl and our daughter didn't miss a beat. Those fruit loops didn't stand a chance.
It was utter defeat, I thought. She's two years old and already falling on the darkside. We've lost her, I thought. Her teacher obviously smelled my pants and explained that my wife said that our daughter could eat the school food if she was interested...Well, it was not a good time for me to discuss my feelings with her teacher so I bolted and called my wife before I got in the truck.
So, I'm not too sure how to handle this.
1) Do we tell the teacher no crap school food and let her deal with my unruly newly HCFS addicted daughter?
2) Do we attempt to explain our philos to her teacher and ask that she try and encourage our daughter to eat the 'right' food (I'm an idealist)?
3) Do we throw in the towel and let what happens at school happen and just live right and try and teach her the best we can? She hasn't even started 'big girl' school yet...
4) Do we try an all-out assault on the USDA and School food program?
5) Or, do we abandon ship and find a new daycare that doesn't serve food...
Looking for advice from more seasoned mamas & papas.
You can't keep your kids away from sugar and other such unhealthy snacks forever. If its sugary cereal EVERY morning, I'd definitely be concerned. (is it possible they sugar 'em up and tire them out for nap time?)
Number 1 issue is that you and your wife weren't on the same page before you took you daughter to school. It sounds as if, correct me if I'm wrong, your wife had talked to the lady at the daycare without you knowing... Never a good thing.
I would make sure to pack the lunches and feed her before dropping her off. Personally, my husband and I were appalled that the USDA has decided that french fries are considered a fresh vegetable!