Today was my first full day back at work after my holiday. I am involved in an after-school homework programme so I only worked the morning and was frantically busy catching up on emails, and organising an event that’s happening on Wednesday.
I’ve just started with this homework group, and it was great fun. I mostly worked with one girl who REALLY needed one-on-one tuition. Afterwards a bunch of girls and I went back to the organiser’s house to make cupcakes. You know why? For a BFF party the girls are having at school tomorrow! I am so clearly out of the loop with kids I had no idea that such occasions even existed.
The homework group comes with afternoon tea (not supplied by us) and consisted of Raro drink (pretty much just flavoured sugar) and sweet biscuits. Standard afternoon tea fare, but not something I felt comfortable about giving them. And then going on to make cupcakes made me feel even more uncomfortable. But my word, we do feed our kids all manner of sugary crap, don’t we!
Growing up, lollies and fizzy drink (what we call candy and soda here in NZ) were only for parties. I simply can’t recall anyone I knew scoffing down sweet stuff everyday for lunch at school. You might have had soggy jam sandwiches or Mum’s home made baking every now and then, but usually you got Vegemite sandwiches, cheese wedges, and a piece of fruit.
When I reached my teens, that really changed. Everyone started having fruit roll-ups, muesli bars, and flavoured yoghurt; and having soft drink several times a week became the norm. I can’t speak for anywhere else of course, but that’s what happened in my little corner of New Zealand. How about for you?
I’m following a really great blogger over at 2012: The Year of Change who has young children. Her kids are really getting on board with being fructose-free and seem to understand why they are now living this way. I think her young men are quite inspiring.
Now, I have some choices in regards to the homework club:
One – I could shut up and simply just go along with what is provided.
Two – Make them all eat carrot sticks. And be hated 🙂
Three: Sometimes bring my own sugar-free snacks to offer as well.
Four: Tell them in language they can understand, why I’m not eating that chocolate biscuit.