eating at school

Shyvonne - posted on 08/05/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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my 4yr old daughter is due 2 start full time school next mth n i want 2 know if any 1 got any tips on how 2 get her 2 eat at least sum of her dinner at school?

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Ciara - posted on 08/05/2009

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My son was the same way at first, but after a few years in the same school and all the playing that they do he started chomping down on his lunches when it came time. Give her some time, she should be ok. Also as Cori said, pack things you know she likes and will eat :)

Cori - posted on 08/05/2009

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I would definiately pack her lunch with things you know she will eat. My kids only have "hot lunch" once a week. Our lunch room requires that the kids show the monitors how much they ate before they are excused to recess. They are so busy at that age, she will get hungry. Have her bring her left overs home with her and eat it after school.

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Jo - posted on 08/08/2009

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Number one on my idea list would be to post the school menu on the fridge or child's door allowing to keep up with it daily. Packing lunch at least a couple of days a week is a great idea. I work at a school age daycare full time during the summer and then as a teacher's associate during the school year. Part of my duties are to monitor the lunchroom. I supervise k-6th grade and I see it all.
Secondly, If you pack a lunch tell your child to leave all wrappers in the bag/box, that way you can see just what they've eaten.

Jo - posted on 08/08/2009

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Number one on my idea list would be to post the school menu on the fridge or child's door allowing to keep up with it daily. Packing lunch at least a couple of days a week is a great idea. I work at a school age daycare full time during the summer and then as a teacher's associate during the school year. Part of my duties are to monitor the lunchroom. I supervise k-6th grade and I see it all.
Secondly, If you pack a lunch tell your child to leave all wrappers in the bag/box, that way you can see just what they've eaten.

Jami - posted on 08/07/2009

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my son is getting ready to start full time school as well what i'm doing is startingout by packing his lunch so ican some what moniter if he's eating ,because he is kindof a picky eater and i was not sure he would eat the schools lunch and if i know what i packed then i know he's eating something .

Jodi - posted on 08/07/2009

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I have a policy at home - if you don't eat your school lunch (I pack the kids lunches every day), it is what you eat when you get home and start nagging me that you are hubgry. Okay, I don't know if they throw it out, but to be honest, they do come home with their leftovers. My daughter is 4 1/2 and she accepts this policy perfectly ok too.

Just keep in mind that sometimes kids are so focused on playing they would rather play than eat lunch. I really just make sure that anything they are served during the day is healthy, so if they come home without any lunch left, they still know their after school snack is a piece of fruit and cheese and crackers :)

Heather - posted on 08/05/2009

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Of course send her things she likes, I had to do this for my son last year and send things that he liked even if it wasn't the "normal" stuff that every other kid might have. For example mine doesn't like sandwiches, he just likes the meat rolled up, etc. Also you have to consider that in a child care setting all the kids sit down together at the same time so alot of times I think that encourages them to eat better...simply because it's what all their new friends are doing too. Don't worry she will be fine.

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