We are in the second year of preschool for our oldest daughter, B, I love the school we have picked and I know that she loves going there. I have one small issue with this school and I don’t know if it’s just me being overly green and crunchy. It’s group snack. I know crazy, but every school day one parent is responsible for bringing a snack for the whole class. I have found that we are one of only 4 families that eat organic. What does this mean, well salami, gogurt, goldfish crackers and un-organic grapes, apples and strawberries are served as a regular snack favorite. I knew that B would be exposed to different foods in school and I even thought really hard about packing her a snack everyday just for her. My issue came with at what point am I the crazy mom who won’t let her kids, without food allergies, eat the snack that others bring? Let me put this quick little side note out there too. I don’t eat potluck food or most things that people bring places to share I never have I doubt I ever will. I just prefer that I know what your kitchen looks like before I eat what your serving. Anyway back to preschool
I opted out of sending her to school with her own snack and let her take part in school snack like all the other kids. I’m now wondering if I made the right choice. If you have ever seen gogurt you know why. This stuff is disgusting and it comes in the most unnatural color blue on the planet. I’m pretty sure they put some sort of additive in there that makes the kids addicted to it, because these kids will eat 2-3 if you let them. I have told B that she isn’t allowed to have them anymore. I just couldn’t sit there and watch as she sucked this nasty stuff from a tube. I convinced her that the yogurt, you know Yogurt with a Y, at home was much better. First word out of her mouth when I opened the yogurt for her was, this looks a lot tastier than the other stuff. Even a 3 year old knows that things that blue can’t taste good. Yes she’s had a lot of yogurt, but as she got older she preferred cheese to yogurt. I try to give her a lot of variety of food so not a lot of one type of food is an option. OK I put my food down with the gogurt, which I’m very proud to say she’s OK with and is actually following this rule. Am I being crazy?
What do you think is giving your kids a little taste of the non-natural OK or should/do you strive for complete organic/natural food. I’m having a hard time with this. I know that once she gets to kindergarten that I’ll have control over what I send her to school with, wether she trades with another kid is to be deteremined later.
What’s the balance that you’ve found for your family or yourself. Do you cheat and just realize that the majority of people still don’t eat organic and you just do the best under your own roof or do you find yourself bringing your own food to functions in order to maintain your organic diet.