A mother-of-eight in South Australia has been issued a “warning” from her child’s kindergarten because she packed chocolate slice in her three-year-old’s lunchbox.
Worse than this, however, was the way the warning was written as if it was for the three-year-old.
“Your child has chocolate slice from the Red Food Category. Please choose healthier options for Kindy,” the sign reads.
The oversized, orange-coloured text displayed beneath a sad face emoji.
The chocolate slice was homemade and it was leftover birthday cake.
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Melinda Reist, who is a friend of the mother, posted a photograph of the letter to social media, with the caption:
“My friend (mother of eight healthy children) received this today from her three-year-old’s kindy. I told her to put in two slices tomorrow and tell them to get lost.”
The reaction was divided. And called into question the “traffic light” system employed by many kindergartens to ensure children are bringing only “green” and “amber” category foods into class.
It’s a government initiative that has “Red foods” – such as soft drinks, pastry sweets and chocolate slices – labelled “Stop” and forbidden from lunch boxes.
Many parents responded to Reist’s Facebook post. Some had received similar letters from kindergartens. Others were outraged at the “nanny state” approach to packing lunch boxes.
“This happened to my wife when she sent in sugar-free zucchini brownies, our son was the same age,” wrote one dad.