The conversation begins with an account of the blogger's experiences when she was asked to contribute a "healthy snack," for a school activity intended to teach kids about healthy snacks.
This struck a nerve with me as I remembered two similar instances I encountered in my children's preschool classes.
Here were my comments on the post: "If you Take a Chickpea to First Grade, the Teacher will Probably Still Serve Pretzels..."
"I laughed when I saw your post title because I immediately flashed to the first preschool snack I ever sent in- I carefully doled out carrots and hummus into little serving sized cups. All but one cup of hummus was returned to me unopened and the teacher commented, “I don’t even like hummus myself, I think you need to acquire the taste when you’re young.”
After reading your post, I was reminded of a second incident…. I remembered on the drive to school that it was my day to bring snack. Since I had three kids in the car (including a newborn) I needed a quick solution that did not require getting three kids out of the car and into a store. Alas, I settled on mandarin oranges from Wendy’s. Even though they had added sugar, I am a believer that it is the message we are sending that is most important as they are learning, and at least the “message,” was that they were getting fruit as a snack.
I was staying at school that day to help with an activity and was able to observe snack being served. The teacher gave each child a cup of oranges. Immediately one girl pushed her cup away and said, “I don’t like oranges.” Without missing a beat, the teacher pulled out a bag of cookies (animal “crackers,”) and gave the girl a handful. This then resulted in a ripple effect of EVERY SINGLE CHILD (except mine) pushing their own cup of oranges out of the way, and requesting animal crackers (cookies) instead. No one else even so much as tasted the oranges. My daughter, on the other hand, devoured them since they were a rare treat for her!!"
I've really been engaged in this conversation and would love to hear your thoughts on the matter...