Monday, 29 September 2014

The Great Packed Lunch Issue

Yet again in the news there is another report of school clamping down on what parents are putting into their kids packed lunch.

In the age of promoting healthy eating and making sure we get our '5 a day' along with a balanced nutritious diet are schools taking it a step too far?

Today I read about the school using year 6 pupils to monitor what is in other children's packed lunches. Who in their right mind thought this would be a good idea? Then there was the case of the boy not being allowed to go to school in the big mini cheddar fiasco and I can't help thinking it's gone a little, well very extreme.

Shouldn't we as parents know what good for our kids? And shouldn't they be allowed a little treat once in a while? Because we all know the more you are told NOT to do something, well the more you want it right!

While I do agree with promoting healthy packed lunches schools need to concious of the fact that there is a line and it's a fine line. Is a child to go hungry at lunch because they don't agree with what parents have packed? Surely there must be a better way of promoting or even suggesting alternatives that are more suitable than others?

I always try to make sure Olivia has at least 2 portions of fruit/salad in her lunch box. She drinks water, takes a yoghurt and cheesestring of some variety and maybe a mini chocolate muffin/chocolate biscuits ie mini fingers. Her lunch box usually looks something like this:

  • Tuna Mayo Sandwich
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Fruit bag
  • Cheesestring
  • Frubes
  • Crisps/mini muffin/biscuits pack/pack of fridge raiders

Personally I feel like this is a suitable lunch for Olivia with all bases covered. Maybe a bit of a big lunch but fairly balanced and one I know she will enjoy. 

Personally I would fuming if the school ever told me she couldn't have certain things in her lunch box or if she came home telling me she wasn't allowed to eat certain things. 

They do tell us that no sweets/chocolate bars and the like are allowed in lunch boxes and I try to steer clear mainly as Olivia has mentioned kids have had items like this taken off them. 

So as a mum with a child taking a packed lunch to school I have a few ideas of how this issue could be approached. 

  1.  Free school meals for all problem solved!
  2.  Send out a specific letter letting parents know what type of foods should be in lunch boxes and what they should try to avoid. 
  3.  Advise parents on cheap and healthy alternatives are available. 
  4. Encourage kids to try new foods in schools ( this is a good way to get them to try new things especially if they are like Olivia who hates trying new things)
  5. Supply an alternative packed lunch as opposed to just hot dinners. Give parents the option of a school supplied dinner to vary what their child has to eat. 
What do you think? Have schools gone too far or is being strict on what pupils eat a good start in the battle against childhood obesity?

Friday, 26 September 2014

Sisterhood of the World - Blog Awards

blog awards

The lovely Sharon over at TeenTweenToddler has kindly nominated me for a Sisterhood of the World Blog Award! Awww isn't she lovely. Thank you so much I really appreciate it xx

So here we go, I will start of with the rules with are:

 1) Thank the Blogger who nominated you
2) Put the Logo on your Blog
3) Answer the 10 questions put to you by the Blogger
4) Nominate 10 Bloggers
5) Give the 10 Bloggers, 10 new questions

Here are my questions off Sharon,

  1. What’s your favourite season? Autumn, Not too hot, not too cold and such a beautiful season too.
  2. Dream holiday destination? Ever since I was younger I always wanted to go to Fiji not sure why I just think I liked the way it sounds! But now it would have to be Disneyland!
  3. Sweet or savoury? Sweet
  4. What is your favourite body part? Erm, I think I would have to say my eyes
  5. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Cry, probably go to work then sort out getting laser eye surgery!
  6. What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up? Oh god I literally cry at anything. Book would be The Way Back Home By Freya North, movie would be Twilight Breaking Dawn part 2 I cry every time I watch it and TV Show would have to be reruns of Friends when Chandler proposed to Monica! Who didn't cry at that!
  7. Favourite Disney film? Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  8. What’s your worst pet peeve? Oooh I'm not sure I can pick just one.......
  9. Do you shampoo first in the shower or soap? Shampoo
  10. What’s your favourite colour? Purple
The Blogs I am nominating are
  1. What did you want to be when you were younger?
  2. Favourite colour?
  3. Do you prefer to be too hot or too cold?
  4. Spender or a saver?
  5. Pepsi or Coke?
  6. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live?
  7. Why do you blog?
  8. Who is your favourite Actor/Actress?
  9. Are you organised or a fly by the seat of your pants kinda person?
  10. What would you be doing right now if you weren't blogging?
I look forward to reading your answers x

#My3Things 24/09

This week I am once again linking up to the My 3 Things linky over at Confessions of a Single Parent Pessimist.

The idea is to list 3 things that have have not gone so well this week, 3 things you can improve on and 3 things you have done well.

3 Things That Were Not So Good This Week

  • Getting out of work on time. I have been running over on my shifts and this is causing havoc with childcare and picking Olivia up on time
  • My diet is completely and utterly out of the window this week
  • I have been having issues sleeping. I can get to sleep but it is disturbed sleep and I wake feeling exhausted.

3 Things I Want To Focus On Next Week
  • Regaining control over my diet and waistline!
  • Getting out of work as close to finishing time as possible
  • Relaxing a bit more to get a better nights sleep
3 Things I've Done WELL This Week
  • Spent some proper quality time with Olivia, no phones, no internet just the two of us
  • Managing to be slightly more organised with regards to making sure I have everything Olivia needs for school and out of school clubs eg lunchbox, pe kit, swimming kit, gymnastics etc
  • Caught up on my blogging. It has taken a back seat, way way back, since I started my new position at work.

So these are my 3 things what are your's?

Confessions of a Single Parent Pessimist

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Her Words

She was standing there, just standing. There. On that spot. There. She didn't know why. Or how. She just came to be. There. On that spot. How long she had been there she didn't know. The rain had ceased though. She no longer felt the incessant dripping off her fringe like a waterfall down her nose before joining the river at her feet.

She became aware of everyone around her. Casting puzzled glances in her direction mirroring the confusion in her own eyes. Yet still she continued to stand. To stand. To stand and wait. Wait for what she didn't know she just knew she had to wait.

The sun that was creeping out from behind the now dispersing rain clouds glinted off her piercing blue eyes. Those same eyes that had just started to focus on the busyness surrounding her.

Suddenly he started to speak. She recognised the words. But the dulcet tones uttering them was foreign to her. Like his voice was somehow unworldly. But she listened. Even though she knew the words. She listened. Those words. Her words. The ones that had been swirling round and round inside her head for what seemed like a lifetime had now come to life. They had a voice. His voice. Not hers. His.

It was like he had reached into the deepest darkest parts of her being and was sharing all that she was with all who would listen. And she was listening. Listening with every part of who she was and who she forever will be. Hoping that somehow she too could learn a little more about who she was. Just like all those who were listening with her.

She jumped. Startled. Pulled from her own mind back into the here and now. His arms snaking around her waist bringing her back to her centre and she exhaled. She let it all out. The words, the thoughts, the worry. None of it mattered any more because he was here. With her. With him she allowed herself to be. He had come and he had come for her and she let him in. As whole and as totally as anyone person could. She let him to love her and be loved back and it was enough.

Those words were for her and for her only. She knew that. She gave him those words and he used them with love and with care when she needed them the most. When the pain was too much to bear, He spoke the words. When grief rose so quickly that she could do nothing but let it take her, he was there speaking the words.

Love. She felt the love and it brought her back to him and she let him guide her by hand. Slowly and silently they walked. They walked and they walked with purpose but with no place to go or rush to get there. He was taking her home.

An original piece of writing by Tracey Bowden.

The Return of Trendy Tot Thursday

Last week I was absent from Clearly Bex and Mother Geek 's Trendy Tot Thursday linky.

I actually missed it. I love looking at what people have been dressing their kids in!

This week, again Olivia has been mostly in her uniform and my phone has been playing up so I missed lots of opportunities to take pictures. The outfits she has been wearing have already been featured so I thought I would try a different option.

This week we are featuring Olivia's PJ's or onesie. As the weather has been slightly cooler of a night Olivia has been digging out all of her onesies looking for a bit of warmth and comfort. Yes I am a mean mum refusing to put the heating on in September!

Hello Kitty Onesie age 11-12 Primark £3

I bought this about 6 months ago and it has proven to be a wise purchase for the coming winter months. There is still lots of room in it for Olivia to grow and I am sure she will see the winter out in this.

Trendy Tot Thursday : ClearlyBex