Mum says teacher questioned daughter's lunch – and fellow parents are infuriated

When it comes to parents and teachers, you’d hope there would be some harmony over what they think is best for the children.

However, sometimes these opinions can clash, causing conflict.

One mum recently claims she was questioned by a “scary” teacher at her daughter’s school and shamed for giving the five-year-old too much food.

The unnamed parent shared the encounter on social media, claiming the teacher had demanded to know why she had packed so many snacks in the little girl’s lunchbox.

She explained to the educator that her child is fussy and sometimes she will eat a certain food, while other days she won’t even touch it.

A mum packing food into a lunchbox at the kitchen table
The mum says she’s a ‘newbie’ at packing school lunches (stock photo)

As such, she had packed a few extra items in her daughter’s lunchbox in case there were some things in there that she refused to eat.

In her post on Facebook, the parent wrote: “I explained to her that she’s a fussy kid, so one day she will eat something the next day she will act like its poison and not touch it.

“I’m also trying to teach her a variety of foods because all this kid would eat is nuggets and sausages and eggs if I let her.”

Alongside this she shared a snap of her daughter’s lunchbox, which was filled with sandwiches, crackers, ham, grapes, yoghurt and popcorn as well as a few extra tubs containing a muffin, cookies and some extra popcorn.

She added: “Here is an example of her lunchbox. The banan muffin is for morning tea, often with a banana or grapes.”

The mum asked fellow parents for advice and whether they thought she had packed too much, saying: “This is my first baby in school, so yes I am still a newbie here.”

Many people responded to the post, with a heated debate stirring in the comments – some were angry on the mum’s behalf, while others agreed with the teacher.

One person wrote: “This infuriated me! Your child is fed, whether it’s too much, whether it’s not enough, whether it’s packaged, whether it’s organic.

“You are sending your child with something. You are trying. You are being a mother. You should NOT be questioned!”

Another said: I don’t think she has any business questioning what you pack your child, tell her to mind her own.”

However, someone else replied: “Definitely too much food, kids are not encouraged to share as you never know what other kids are allergic to also some parents would not appreciate somebody feeding their kids sweet stuff like choco cookies…”

What do you think of the packed lunch? Should teachers be commenting on the food? Let us know in the comments below.


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