things that might improve your child’s school food

Okay, you have gotten past the first day of school.  For the most part, packing your child’s lunch will be needed, but what if you want to really make a difference so that your son or daughter might be able to actually eat the school’s food?  We know that all kids could benefit from better food in the lunchroom. Here are some suggestions.   Don’t believe what you read on the school lunch menu. And don’t make a judgment about the cafeteria food without checking it out. Go to the school and actually eat that food. You might find that it’s awful, but you might find that it’s really quite good. In that case, most of the suggestions below will not apply. If the food is bad, the next step is to test the waters. Contact the food service director and see if there is any genuine interest in making improvements. If you get a brush-off, you can be sure that offering your cooperation won’t get you anywhere. You will need to gather a small group of like-minded people and use confrontation. Create a petition/web site or other resource to make use of the large number of parents who agree with you. Don’t ask for improvement – demand it! There are multiple web sites in addition to this one, that can help. Here are some: www.fedupwithlunch.com www.peachsf.org www.chefannfoundation.org Be alert that some of the school lunch initiatives are actually prompted by a different agenda, such as a plant-based diet advocated by animal rights activists. A meat-free diet is likely to rely heavily on soy products, which are poorly tolerated...

did your kids have a bad first day of school?

My daughter came home from school on her first day.. and oh wow, was she a big grump!  Little things were creeping back in, like mini melt-downs and headaches.  Not being able to focus and fighting with her little sister.  While any one of these things is totally normal for her from time to time, when I saw all them all happening in one evening, something was really wrong.  By the end of the week, I was starting to ask myself, what is happening to her from the time she leaves our front door until she gets home.  Here are some potential places that I looked into. When she walked to school and home, what could be affecting her?  Burning leaves , lawns that had been chemically treated, grass mold, streets and drive ways that could have fresh black top.  I had ruled all of that out, so I started investigating her school.  Maybe bus fumes outside the school?  Of course, I know that I can’t control everything she encounters, but I was going to try to figure this out.. and quick! I also planned a visit to her school, to check out her classroom(s),  There are lots of things to look for including scented plug-ins, teacher perfume, scented garbage bags, chemicals on the desks, dry erase markers, paints, those little tatoo’s that some teachers like to offer their kids, hand sanitizers, hand soaps in the bathroom, candy that could be offered by any teacher, aide, etc. Lunchtime can be an adventure too.  You pack a great lunch and then find out that your child decides to trade with someone.   Of course, this is...