When rules go too far

24 Aug

Hannah and I made some delicious healthy chocolate muffins as a snack for her to bring to preschool.  Nuts aren’t allowed at preschool (due to allergies suffered by some kids), so I left out the pecans and put in some raspberries instead. Did I mention that they are super healthy? Yogurt, banana, oats, chia seeds, stevia, cocoa powder. Nothing bad. Not full of sugar.

When I picked Hannah up from preschool, I got her clear lunch box out of the fridge and noticed something, besides the vegetables that she didn’t eat, inside. When I opened the lid, I found her mini chocolate muffin in a little brown bag that said “I’m no longer pre-school food.”

ECOlunchbox Three-in-One

Um…what?

I held up the bag, found the nearest employee and said “this is a healthy muffin. There isn’t any sugar in it, and it’s full of healthy ingredients. I made them.”

She looked at me like I was an idiot. “Do they have chocolate in them?”

“They have cocoa powder in them. Cocoa isn’t bad for you.” True story. Cocoa is really healthy, it’s the fats and sugars they put with the cocoa in chocolate bars that makes it not so good.

“Well, anything with chocolate in it is not allowed.”

So I could put a sugary, unhealthy vanilla cupcake in Hannah’s lunch, but she’s not allowed to have a healthy chocolate muffin. Because it has cocoa in it. No exceptions, no negotiations. I don’t think they know much about nutrition, so it’s blanket rules for everyone.

Maybe that doesn’t sound so bad, but that was right after I was told they didn’t give Hannah her milk today.

Hannah has a rash on her bottom that resembles big angry pimples. The doctor said it’s a bacterial infection and gave her some antibiotics. She isn’t exactly jumping with glee at medicine time though, so I hide it in her drinks. I put the antibiotics in her milk and then disguised the taste with sustagen (a chocolate powder with vitamins, minerals, and protein. Used in hospitals for patients who aren’t getting enough nutrients).

Ensure Bottles, Chocolate, 8-Ounces, 16 Count Bottles

Yeah, chocolate. 

“We don’t allow flavoured milk.” I was told when I dropped her off. And fair enough, I get that. Not that Sustagen is the same as just chocolate flavoured milk, but I see the point. Too many kids are drinking unhealthy sugary drinks instead of good old milk.

I told them why the milk had sustagen in it only to be told that usually I would need to bring in the antibiotics bottle so they could see Hannah’s name on it and the dosage needed. And then if I wanted it in Hannah’s milk, they’d have to watch me do it, or do it themselves. In addition to signing a form stating what she is taking, how much, at what time, etc.

“But we’ll let her have it this time.” They told me. Because I’m new and I didn’t know. No worries. There are some dodgies out there who get medicine for one kid and then give half of it to another. Fair enough. I know they are just looking out for the kids.

When I picked her up though, I was told she wasn’t allowed her milk because it had antibiotics in it and they hadn’t seen the bottle. “Yeah, I was told this morning that she could have it this time, but next time I’d need to bring the bottle.”

“Oh, sorry about that. She was pretty upset that she couldn’t have her milk”

I was pretty cranky. “Of course she was, she always has milk before quiet time, and she knew I packed milk for her.”  She looked at me all surprised. “I should have been told. I live just down the road, I would have come back with the bottle.”

Seriously, who are they to decide that my child needs to miss a dose of antibiotics without informing me? Are they trying to create superbugs?

Hannah’s preschool is good. She loves it. She is happy. She has a great time. But ugh, the ridiculous rules. Sigh. I’m still annoyed about the muffins. We made them especially to bring there! AND THEY ARE HEALTHY!!!!

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3 Responses to “When rules go too far”

  1. April August 25, 2012 at 2:06 am #

    Regarding the rules for food – you’re her MOTHER. You pay them to watch her, yes. But what she eats is up to YOU. If you want to give her a chocolate muffin – that’s your business and they need to allow her to eat the food that you’ve provided her. What do they substitute when they deem her lunch inappropriate? And KNOWINGLY having her skip a dose of medication instead of calling you and telling you that, you know, they’re sorry that you’d been misinformed but they cannot allow your daughter to take her medication without seeing the bottle first and how did you want to proceed? I understand the rules for medications – that has to do with liability. But the food? Unacceptable. I’m glad she likes her daycare, but I have a low tolerance for other people telling me how to raise my kids – and that would include what they can and cannot eat.

    • Mommy Adventures August 25, 2012 at 6:48 am #

      Yeah, I was pretty annoyed. I’m not sure what they give the kids if the actual lunch part is “inappropriate” though because the little mini muffin was just Hannah’s desert. Her actual lunch was eaten and deemed worthy. Interesting point though, I hadn’t thought of what they might do in that case. Maybe they have sandwich making stuff there just in case. I have half a mind to keep putting different things in Hannah’s lunch as her desert just to see what they take away and what they don’t. I’m curious now. Maybe next week I’ll try a normal sugary muffin without the chocolate and see how that goes down. Not that I want her to eat a sugary muffin. Maybe one week I’ll try a *white *chocolate muffin and see if that is acceptable. Maybe even with visible white chocolate chips. Ha! I’m totally going to mess with them now.

  2. Stacey Webb August 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Couldn’t agree more!
    Should you be looking for everyday kitchen recipe books for your sweetie, I found this site where you could exchange stuff, uhmmm, like the ones lurking in your closet? You don’t have to spend a penny!

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