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Feeding kids frozen "dinners"

I went for a daycare visit (went fantastic...and that's where Brody will be going!!) and I noticed something interesting. The daycare requires that parents provide lunches for their kids, which I like (I want to be able to control what my son is eating). The assistant was getting lunches ready while I was filling out paperwork and I noticed all of them were frozen meals (Banquet, Michelena's, things like that). I asked if their lunches were always like that, and she said she doesn't agree with kids eating like that, but it's what the parents provide. She says she's mentioned something to the parents before, but nothing changed.

I don't care if it's quick and easy, children of that age (around 3-5 y/o) shouldn't be eating frozen meals for lunch, especially not on a regular basis. I could understand maybe once in a while if you're in a pinch, but come on...if I can pack a lunch for myself I can pack one for my child.

Just an observation that kind of bothered me...

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  • YAY for a great visit. I can't believe that parents would be willing ot feed their kids all that sodium! I completely agree with you that kids shouldn't eat like that on a regular basis at all!!

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  • that would bother me too. I don't even like to eat those very often!
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  • That is definitely not something I would think to pack my child for lunch at daycare. 

    When I used to work at Safe Haven (a summer program that is basically a daycare) you would see some of the stuff people would send and it was awful.  Definitely not lunch material.  We would sneak the children extra food,drinks, etc just so they would have food for the day.  But I have to admit we RARELY saw frozen meals or things you have to heat up. 

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    That is crazy to be feeding that stuff everyday!! That just seems lazy on the paretns part to me!

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  • That's definately something I wouldn't do, I lunch for JT and myself every single day, today I did give him a frozen type thing but I made sure it something half decent and I don't do it very often. 

    As kids my mom would normally pack a sandwich for lunch and we would rarely ever have a frozen meal for dinner.  We we got a bit older we were allowed to go home for lunch, like 7th grade, so my mom made us a good meal.  We didn't have a cafe in our school it was too small and we weren't really allowed to use a microwave. 

    I think people just get lazy, I can't say I haven't been there too, but I'm trying to improve. My husband works with kids who come to school without any lunch at all so I guess something is better than nothing all.

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  • I'm glad that you had a great visit.  It is nice that she said she doesn't agree with the meals, and that she said something to the parents.  I think it is great that you provide his lunches; I've seen some menus for places and some are really no better than the stuff that you find in those frozen meals, anyway.
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  • I am glad you had a good visit, and Brodys day care is so close...

     

    I think my jaw is on my desk still. Frozen meals for young children. I am just shocked. I remember when my brother and I were little we would beg my mom to buy us kid cuisines. She rarely did it, they were used for times when we had a baby sitter, and even that was rare, plus I think they were expensive. At least a kid cuisine, I am pretty sure is balanced compared to other frozen meals. Once Brody is older I am sure all of the other kids will be jealous of his lunch.

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  • Glad to hear the visit went well.

    I would never in a million years serve that to my child let alone to myself. It is good that the DC mentioned something but unfortunately it is the parents call on this one. (boo)

    Maybe once you start feeding Brody solids, those kids may want some of what Brody wants and potentiallly ask their parents for healthier options. Who knows, you could be a good influence!!

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  • Eek, that is sad. When I was a kid we used to get Kid Cuisine at my aunt's on the Saturdays my parents worked and it was such a treat! Definately not every day and my parents are not health nuts. I figure if I only eat those in "emergencies", its not appropiate for kids either!!
  • Were some at least the ones for kids?? Thoes are fine is adults want to eat them (I use to bring some from lunch when I had a job) but it doesn't even seem like something a kid would want to eat. WHatever happend to a PB&J and a fruit cup?!?!

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    WHatever happend to a PB&J and a fruit cup?!?!

    Seriously! That sounds good right now.

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    Were some at least the ones for kids?? Thoes are fine is adults want to eat them (I use to bring some from lunch when I had a job) but it doesn't even seem like something a kid would want to eat. WHatever happend to a PB&J and a fruit cup?!?!

    Nope, they weren't the ones for kids. One of them was a Michelena's "light" meal of what looked like those stuffed pizza rolls! The other two that I could see were chicken nuggets of some sort.

    I totally remember those Kid Cuisine meals! I got them once in a while as a kid and I thought it was so cool they had a dessert lol.

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  • Yikes. Frozen meals for kids. Talk about lazy. Maybe I misread your post, but it sounds like all the kids there eat these? If so, I find it odd that more than one parent is providing TV dinners (that's what we call these!) for their kids lunches. Maybe one parent saw someone else do it and thought it was a good idea? Wierd.

    Oh and ps. I liked those kid cuisines way back when too. Loved the little brownie dessert!

  • I'm so glad you liked the day care!! I'm sure you're relieved.

    Wade is terrified for when our future children are in day care. He is a bit obsessive about nutrition, and is worried that all day cares feed the kids frozen, processed food loaded with fat and sodium. I would love to be a SAHM simply so I could moniter what they eat. Obviously 'bad' foods wont hurt them once in awhile, but you know what I mean. I really like the idea of parents providing lunches, but maybe those poor kids would eat healthier if the DC lady just made them (and charged more $/week, obviously)...it sounds like she's got much better judgement!

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  • Good job finding daycare!

    I can't believe that kids would even eat that! I mean once in awhile seems okay. But day after day! Those poor kids. You would think after awhile they would sick of frozen foods every day.

     

     

  • Yay for finding daycare! 

     WTH about the frozen foods?!!  I have never once packed a frozen meal for Suri.  It has never crossed my mind.  She gets sandwiches and on occasion a Lunchable.  Frozen meals are expensive and unhealthy...what are they thinking feeding their kids that everyday?  I am not a health nut and Suri does eat sweats and sometimes a frozen burrito but not on a daily basis.     

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  • When Caitlyn attended some 'party' classes and it was required to bring a lunch, I would usually pack a lunchable (the lunch meat, cheese & crackers) but I would also add a fruit cup (the dole cups in water) and some carrots. I couldn't imagine given them the frozen meals...
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