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Our 3 y/o is in preschool. The snack choices that they offer are very different from what we eat at home. Some of the things that they offer the kids include fruit loops and pop tarts.<br><br>
Paige eats snack along with her friends, but I have noticed that on days when she eats above items, she has major behavioral issues in the afternoon. I recall hearing about a possible correllation between artifical ingredients and behavior.<br><br>
Does anyone have exoerience with this???<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> In fact,I just posted today on the GD board about some of my ds's behaviour that I think is related to the artificial colorings and certain foods. The snack choices at her school are really bad,period,even for kids who aren't sensitive to dyes and artificial flavorings,preservatives,etc. Can you talk to them about it? I mean,do the other parents know that's what they are offered,and think those are ok choices?
 

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Man, I'd be severely ticked if they gave my child froot loops or pop tarts. Yuck!!!!! I def. agree w/ the pP who said junky stuff like that causes a change in behavior.<br><br>
I never heard of any place giving such horrible snacks. Cheezits or goldfish or cheerios, sure, but pop tarts?????
 

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Hokiemum, I could have written your post last summer. I tried packing lunches for my dd, but she wanted to eat what her friends were eating, and what they were fed was awful. DD had hours-long meltdowns every day after school. We took her out of a free public montessori because of it. See what you can do to bring change, but if you can't, can you find another school where the kids are better fed? We got lucky because we eventually found a tiny Montessori school run by a Seventh-Day Adventist. (They eat really well--one of their church founders was a nutritionist!) Although we are not religious, we decided that a good diet is more important even than religious beliefs. DD has not had another one of these meltdowns since changing schools.
 

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Diet definately causes behavior changes. None of the kids need to be eating that stuff even if they are not having strong reactions to it like your child. I'm sure they would find the behavior and mood of all the children to be better if they switched to nutrious snacks.<br><br>
-Pam
 

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Thank you, for all of the replies, and for sharing your experiences. School is over in 2 weeks, but I have called the director to discuss this issue. Surely others are having the same problem...but maybe not.<br><br>
We do not eat much "junk food" at all, and frankly, what we consider "junk food" (popcorn, chocolate, homemsade baked goods) is probably the least of the evils, when compared with all of the artifical ingredients that go into the pop-tarts, fruit loops, and go-gurt that the kids get at Paige's school.<br><br>
My sister used to be a daycare "teacher" and when I asked her about the snacks at Paige's school, she said that technically they do meet the gov't guidelines for appropriate "healthy" snacks for chidlren. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: You have got to be kidding me! Of course, she also followed that up saying that ketchup counts a s a vegetable in the school lunch program too...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
Until the end of the year, I plan on sedning our own snacks. DH and I have discussed this in depth, and we like the school in so many other ways, and want to keep Paige there. So, for now it is Nature's Path fruit & cereal bars in her book bag with a box of silk to drink. I just hope that she doesn't feel left out...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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