Blogger slammed her son’s primary school teacher after learning he was told he couldn’t have his ‘unhealthy’ chocolate milk during recess.
Constance Hall claims a teacher ‘lunchbox shamed’ her and told her five-year-old son Arlo he had to wait until lunchtime to consume his dairy snack, reports Daily Mail.
‘He said, ‘Oh I wish you didn’t get me the choc milk, the teachers don’t let me have it. They make me have it at lunchtime because they don’t think it’s healthy enough for recess’,’ Constance explained on her radio show The Queen Sesh.
‘So I said to the teacher, really? The options are that or juice and because he can’t have any bread or anything substantial I give him the milk to line his tummy a bit because he’s probably hungry.’
According to Constance, her frustration reached breaking point when she realised her son had been forced to wait until lunchtime to have his chocolate milk every day for three months.
‘There are people like me who work full time and have six children that just sort of need things to go smoothly,’ she said on the air.
‘There’s other mothers who can’t even afford to do lunch orders and then for them to get shamed about what they’re giving their kid for recess, I just don’t like it. I don’t like the whole thing. It feels icky to me.’
As an often ‘frazzled’ mother, Constance says she might have reacted badly to the shaming if she was not a ‘confident’ woman.
She also warned other mothers with less time, money or freedom may not be able to handle the humiliation of being told how to appropriately feed their children.
‘When I was at my lowest and I couldn’t even afford to do lunch orders and I had twin babies, newborn babies, I was living on my own, and I couldn’t even get to the supermarket,’ Constance said.
‘Imagine if someone turned around and said to me, ‘Yeah your son’s not allowed to have choc milk at recess because it’s not healthy enough.’ I would have burst into tears and gone straight to my psychologist and hyperventilated the whole way there.’
But despite her anger, Constance admits she stopped herself from angrily emailing the school’s principal about the awkward ordeal, worrying it might have been ‘petty’.
‘Power to the people! Let them drink milk!’ the mother-turned-radio-host added.
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