As was my tradition, in December I restore old favorites from years. This year we will look back at 2016.
Over the last 50 years we have seen small social changes in the way we use food, and near the top of this heap is the now normalized use of snacks to reward, peace and entertain our children at every turn.
Take the prayer jelly beans up on top. This was sent home with RD Nadine Devine& # 39; s Junior Kindergartener in honor of Easter.
WWJD; Not this.
Or this note you have to look at to believe that it was sent home with another friend's 5-year-old friend.
I imagine that the teachers responsible for both of these examples do not consider themselves to be as bad as the reason for normal behavior? If all of them do, it should be okay.
However, I would like to bet that if the two kindergarten teachers themselves reflected in the lesson that the use of snacks in the classroom teaches their incredibly impressive, young, pupils, they would recognize that they teach incredibly young and incredibly young children that they are smaller victories or celebrations with junk food are not in the interest of their students.
Teachers, if you read this as much as children reward, it is not difficult to do without candy. Extra indoors, dressing your teacher in funny clothes, in charge of school announcements, dance lessons, out-of-class learning, "no work" learning, stickers, bookmarks, etc.
I know teachers are deeply interested in their students, so I really believe that stopping the rewards in the food classroom is not something that society and teachers can fix.
[And for some suggestions as to how you might begin to approach this with one your children’s teachers, coaches, whatever, here’s something I wrote a few years ago about shutting down your children’s sugar pushers]