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Monday, December 5, 2011

The Nutrition Nazis

Posted on Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 10:18 AM

So my son goes to a daycare in Dartmouth... he has been going there since he started school in the area, he's in grade five now. I was pretty appalled to find out that he isn't allowed to drink a juice box - and that if he is hungry he has to sneak apples and baby carrots into the bathroom to eat them - so he doesn't get into trouble. I've contacted the province and they state this is new legislation to ensure there are no children suffering anaphylaxis and so that children have healthy meals and snacks. Fair enough, I'd never want to be the cause of distress (medical or otherwise) to another child and it's great for the kids of parents who don't know how to feed their children. But a juice box? An apple, some baby carrots? Come one, no one has allergies to those. And the juice may not be water, but it's not a can of coke. The icing on the cake is that this legislation also has a clause for school age children like my son, and that the daycare has to provide a separate space for children who have meals and snacks provided by their parents, to eat them (yes let's separate the kids who have parents that can determine their own children's nutritional needs, from the children who have parents that would rather have the government determine everything for them). This daycare doesn't want to provide a separate space, and instead would rather chastise children for eating what I consider to be a pretty healthy snack. Needless to say I called the administrator and told her Stalin called and wanted his daycare back. I'm happy to say that my son is a latchkey kid now (as of today), and these bastards won't get another penny from me - and hopefully the province will see fit to shut them down or revoke their license or at least do a little investigation on its own to see how private operators are interpreting the "spirit" of their legislation". I love my son too much and have too much respect for my son as a human being to put him in a position where he isn't allowed to have a juice box when the desire arises, lol. —Dartmouthy

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