A MELBOURNE mum has shared her frustration over a lunchbox health warning note she received for packing Vegemite on Cruskits for her child's play lunch.
Yeah, you read that right. Vegemite on Cruskits.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have officially jumped the shark and I'm not afraid to say so.
According to The Courier-Mail, the mother in question had posted in a Facebook group that she got a note that the iconic Aussie snack was considered a 'sometimes food', as was the pouch of organic Greek yogurt she packed for her tot.
"Carrots and hummus dip, wholemeal zucchini muffins and homemade vegetarian sausage rolls were among a litany of foods deemed questionable or 'off limits' by overzealous schools and kinders, according to mothers in a Melbourne online parenting group," The Courier Mail reported.
It comes not even two months after a South Australian mother shared the lunchbox note she received for homemade chocolate slice with activist, Melinda Tankard-Reist.
Okay. This has to stop.
Mothers (and Fathers) are not idiots. They are perfectly capable of packing a healthy lunchbox for their child without the interference of over-zealous school authorities who are trying to keep up appearances in their local communities.
I will grant that there are genuine questions about the healthfulness of some processed products (muesli bars, I'm looking at you). And I will grant you that the salt content of some crackers, and of Vegemite may not be ideal.
But, for god's sake. The mum packed Vegemite on Cruskits and an organic Greek yogurt.
This is a mum with her child's best interest at heart, and who knows between a packet of salt and vinegar chips and a slap of Vegemite on a cracker what she needs to choose.
We have to allow parents the agency to make their own decisions. Equip them with the information, offer them the state health department's healthy food guide at the start of the year, ask them to consider what goes into a lunchbox, and then leave them to it.
We have to trust parents to know what they're doing. Anything less is infantilising, manipulative, shaming and frankly just plain annoying.
This article originally appeared on Kidspot and has been reproduced here with permission.
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