L.M. asks from Spring, TX on August 15, 2011
Snacks at MDO?
I'm curious what types of snacks moms bring for their Childs Mothers Day Out class? We are fairly strict with what we serve, and I guess my main concern are snacks that have too much sugar, or that contain HFCS. my DD's MDO has the moms signing up to bring snacks, therefore, my DD will be eating food from another Childs home...I'm sure this happens in all MDO's and the moms are mostly bringing healthy foods, but I am still concerned. I mean, they're not going to be bringing in a box of doughnuts!....right?? ;)
So What Happened?™
Thank you everyone for your thoughts & input. She will be going 3x's per week, so a few cookies, or doughnuts, or crackers or yogurt that contain high fructose corn syrup that many times per week IS a big deal and I AM concerned about it. It grosses me out that she would even be eating fruit that hasn't been washed, or food prepared by someone who hasn't washed their hands first. That's just how I am. :) She will probably be just fine, but I am just not a risk taker. Hopefully the other moms feel the same way & bring healthy snacks ;)
J.T. answers from College Station on August 16, 2011
When I worked in childcare, we provided the snacks. They were mostly high carb fare- crackers, pretzels, goldfish and the like.
Unless it is stated specifically in guidelines, I would expect something along those lines.
Any food served to the kids has to be disclosed to the parents per licensing rules. If you are unhappy with the snacks, you can certainly send her one everyday.
And yes, some parents WOULD bring a box of doughnuts!
L.A. answers from New York on August 15, 2011
Hooray for donuts. Mom used to serve them to us with a glass of milk as an after school snack when we were in elementary school. Years later, a friend who had come over once or twice said that they will never forget having had a donut at our house as an after school snack. It totally changed the way they thought about food. They had compartmentalized donuts as being for breakfast only, and found having them after school as very innovative and liberating.
My sugary childhood notwithstanding, I am sure that people will abide by the rules that the group has established.
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G.B. answers from Oklahoma City on August 16, 2011
Ours usually have oreo's or some other kind of cookie. It's only a cookie or two a week. It's not a big deal.
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N.K. answers from Philadelphia on August 15, 2011
You could just sign yourself up to bring every single snack. :) But I'd probably just not worry about it.
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S.G. answers from Los Angeles on August 15, 2011
Unless they've been given a guideline of what to bring, and it's been limited to healthy or fresh food items - then yes, someone may bring doughnuts! or cookies!
I would suggest you bring something healthy and the supervise your child's choices on that day.
However, I don't see anything wrong with allowing your child to have a doughnut or a cookie as a special treat once in a while. Just don't let it be a daily meal choice. My daughter's favorite treat is the doughnut she gets every Sunday at church.
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D.P. answers from Pittsburgh on August 15, 2011
The range of "snack interpretation" will be as wide and deep as the range of moms!
F.M. answers from Lincoln on August 15, 2011
I am the same as you. My kids dont get empty calorie snacks or snacks with a lot of sugar. They get string cheese, yogurts, crackers with peanut butter, apples, plums, strawberries or blueberries. I know, I know, I am a stickler when it comes to stuff like that, but when I was growing up, my mom loved us, but she let us eat whatever we wanted, and I paid for it later in life with several trips to the dentist office. ICK!
Just last week I was standing in the check out line at Walmart getting ready to pay for my groceries and a mom gave her 2 year old a Snickers for a snap, then pop to drink on top of that??!!?? Oh..... it was very hard to keep my mouth shut!
C.S. answers from Houston on August 16, 2011
The snacks are horrible, not sure why so many parents sabatoge their kids. My son was almost 4y when he went & it drove me crazy that treats were given as growing food. See if they'll allow you to send your own. When my son was younger we did a bunch of mommy & me classes & I always discretly brought snack for him. Sometimes other kids would see that he had fruit, tofu, cheese... & want some rather than oreos @ 9a.m.!
C.O. answers from Washington DC on August 15, 2011
string cheese, go-gurts, celery with peanut butter or cheese...carrots and ranch dressing....
not sure if you consider these healthy...I'm not that strict on a diet for my kids...guess I'm a horrible mom...i go on the adage that if i forbid it - they will only want it more....so...i let my kids choose and most of the time? they choose veggies over cookies..