I want to talk about snacks with the parents in the house.
Is there a protocol? An unspoken rule? Please… Enlighten me. I want to explain what happened to us in the spring when Linus signed up for t-ball, and compare that to what happened to us during the boys soccer season (currently underway).
Essentially, t-ball snack time went something like this. After the t-ball game all the kids ran over to the designated snack-providing family, at which point the parent(s) would open a bag and produce a juice box and a rice krispies square for all the kids and siblings. They are nut-free and if you buy them at Costco, quite inexpensive. Problem is, there are brutally unhealthy and full of chemicals.
Drinking juice at 8pm made my son nuts – his bed time is usually 7pm, or just after – and the rice krispies burned my kids (and some parents) lips. That is just disgusting. But the precedent was set. Week after week, parents produced the sugar water and bag of chemicals and the kids loved them… Until it was our turn. We brought watermelon. The kids LOVED that. They ate it all up, as did some of the parents.
So fast forward to soccer. As I’m sure I mentioned previously, I am coaching both my boys soccer team, one on Monday and the other Tuesdays, and being the coach, I get to arrange the snack schedule. So I made sure that myself, or a friend of ours who share the healthy, no-sugar / chemicals mentality, brought snack for the first coupe of weeks so that we could show the parents what to bring and instead of seeing a steady stream of crap, we get some healthy snacks… It is summer afterall, and fresh fruit is a plenty and quite inexpensive. What would you rather have – let your kids eat? $3.97 box of Rice Krispy treats, $1.99 bag of 12 fresh oranges? It’s a no-brainer.
But last week at soccer, someone brought flavoured, frozen sugar “juice” and another brought some product called a dunk-a-roo. Those are the cookies that come with a cup of “chocolate” to dip the cookie in. Not great for 8pm. Tonight, the kids had juice and Bear Paws (chocolate ones) after the game. As a result, Linus did not get to sleep until 9:30pm.
So my question to the parents reading this is;
Do you think it is irresponsible of parents to bring unhealthy snacks for kids after sporting events? Or is “unhealthy” up for debate. Granted the snacks are peanut-free, the sugar keeps some kids up for hours.
I bring this up as a father commented to me that some of the moms were clearly disapproving of the snack last week and he wondered how I felt about it and whether I should address it – to those Moms – not to be picky or choosy. I disagreed with him and explained that some moms do not allow their kids to eat processed sugary foods and it was well within their right to be displeased about the snacks.