I was talking with two friends a few months ago about their children’s schools and they said that overall they were happy with them. Then one woman added: “Except for all the candy.”
What candy? She explained that between the children’s birthdays, holiday celebrations, special events, bake sales, fundraisers, and teacher rewards, the kids eat candy at school all the time. Neither of these women restrict sugar much with their kids; in comparison I’m basically the Sugar Police. For them to complain means that their kids are getting a lot of it.
I’ve been sheltered from this. My kids go to an alternative school where there is, for the most part, a shared understanding around treats and sugar. There is an emphasis on what I think are very healthy snacks for most in-class events, which overall means low or no sugar, fruit-based, often gluten-free, often organic treats. In this world, I…
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