Join Date: Mar 2002
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Hmmm.... I'm kind of middle of the road on that one. (Wait! Are you sitting down? I don't have a strong opinion one way or another! :LOL )
I always buy 100% juice (however I've never heard of Adam and Eve - is that something sold at health food stores?) for my kids - both juice boxes and just to have on hand in the fridge.
But twice a week at preschool - those little cups - how much is he really getting? It would bug me that other moms weren't following the request for 100% juice, and I would probably ask the teacher if we could put a memo in the cubbies - but I don't think I'd make a big deal over it.
A note telling me one specific brand that I must buy - now that would get me defensive. Maybe a list of brands that sell 100% juice - to make it easy to find them. My grocery store (usually Safeway) sells two different brands of 100% juice plus their store brand has it too. Store brand seems to go on sale about once a month.
How well do you know the other moms? Could you mention at the parent meeting (or in a friendly email - with other information to disguise your master juice plan...) that QFC has their store brand 100% juice on sale this week?
Few side notes -
1) My dd2 has a real sensitivity to apple juice (it is a fructose thing apparently). Her preschool is great about just giving her water instead of juice (SO much of the time, juice is apple juice! She does fine with cran-grape or others, just not apple for whatever reason). Really has not been a big deal at all. Dd2 doesn't seem to care; the teachers tell me it is no big deal to do it (when I apologize for the inconvenience). So maybe if it is a big deal to you and the other moms don't respond to a friendly memo home in cubbies, he could just have water - water down the "juice" they give?
2) Some programs have gone to just water to drink with snack - under the very real nutritional statement that kids don't need juice. A glass of water and a little fruit (grapes, apple slices, orange segments, 1/2 banana, whatever) is much better for kids than juice, even 100%.
3) When my dd1 was an only child (and I had more time to worry about similar stuff), one mom brought SUGAR FREE PUDDING for snack at co-op preschool. I thought it looked weird (it was the light green pistachio flavor and just didn't look right consistency wise) and must have had a funny look on my face - which I think she took for "you're not about to give my kid a bunch of sugared up pudding, are you?" She says "oh, don't worry, it's sugar free!" Which horrified me because I really believe that fake sugar is linked to cancer. I don't let my kids have anything with fake sugar in it - including gum, vitamins, snacks, etc. I was standing there trying to decide how to handle it diplomatically when I noticed dd1 wasn't putting any on her plate anyway - she thought it looked as odd as I did.