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Please read <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=676099" target="_blank">this</a> thread about DS's daycare feeding DS meat (we're vegetarian). WWYD? It's been a wonderful daycare except for this, no problems whatsoever.
 

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minkajane: I read your other thread and I have to admit that I have had the same fears regarding my DCP. Our DCP is great in every respect, but cater mostly to a non-attachment parenting / non-veggie crowd, and I take extreme caution not to let anything slip through the cracks. I started providing pureed beans for my DD this week - and the DCP thought it was the strangest thing for some reason! They also think it is sort of strange that I make DD's food. But c'est la vie. It always seem to be a battle, but well worth it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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I understand why you'd be mad.<br><br>
Some people don't really understand that "meat" also includes chicken soup and spaghetti with beef in it, so it might be a point of ignorance or a mistake rather than a malicious meat-feeding. If they say they will to be more vigilant on this point, I would talk with the director and teachers, but have no problem keeping my child there.<br><br>
If the respecting-parent's-wishes is an issue, I might have more problems with it because you want to feel that you and your childcare provider are on the same page.
 

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This might be the case too. When we found our home daycare provider, she really didn't know what vegetarianism was. I gave her an article, from <i>Mothering</i> of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">, about feeding a child a vegetarian diet. I also lent her a copy of <i>The Vegetarian Baby</i> for more information about nutrition.<br><br>
I hope it works out for you. It sounds like you and your son both like this place.
 

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I just posted a response to your other thread.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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If this is the only issue with the daycare and if you sense that the director will be vigilant about correcting it (and it sounds like that is the case), then I would definitely say give them a second chance. Now, I would also make it a point to drop in frequently to make sure that the issue has been resolved. Does the daycare have a "bring your lunch" option that you could do? My only concern with this would be is he actually getting enough to eat / adequate nutrition if he is just not getting the meat item rather than getting an alternative? I confess I'm not vegetarian and am not that knowledgeable, but it seems like he should have an alternative entree/protein source?? Is he at least getting more of the stuff he does get so he isn't hungry? If they are so adament about giving everyone "the same" I would worry about his getting enough food.
 

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Back when I came to nurse him at lunchtime, I saw that they would give him more veggies or fruit and an extra piece of bread (the kids would have veggies, fruit, bread, and some type of meat). They also get snacks of dried cereal or cheeze-its or something. He's never seemed hungry when I pick him up (but I don't know how long they've been feeding him the meat) and he gets plenty of protein at home. Having one or two proteinless meals three or four days a week isn't going to hurt him as long as he's getting plenty of protein the rest of the time, which he does.
 

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I'm sorry you're dealing with that, but fortunately it's an easy fix - send a lunch that meets your requirements.<br><br>
They are not responsible for creating a completely separate meal for your child, but registered daycares who follow state prescribed meal plans are allowed to subsititute parent-provided food. If they push back (and I can't imagine why they would?), ask your doctor for a brief note okaying it.<br><br>
The smart parents of children with allergies verify our daycare menu daily, and remind the providers which foods they can/can't have that day. Daycares are busy environments, and things will get overlooked on occasion. It's up to you to make sure your wishes are followed.
 
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