Parents are divided after a little boy received a note praising his family for packing a ‘healthy lunch’.

The ‘star pass’ praised the prep student’s parents for packing him ‘great healthy food’.

Comprising of chopped up carrot, apples, cucumber and cheese and pikelets, the meal clearly hit all nutritional bases – but whether it needed to be singled out is the question many have been asking.

Parents were soon divided over the note with some labelling it condescending, shared Daily Mail.

‘Oh my God, what? I’d be so appalled – what are we like ten?’ Wrote one user.

‘I know teachers are trying to promote healthy habits but this is so condescending,’ said another.

Others disagreed saying rewarding parents for keeping health paramount can only be a good thing.

‘This is awesome. Too often we see on Facebook about parents being told the food they sent to school isn’t acceptable,’ one said.

‘It’s fantastic that this school is taking the opposite approach, hopefully more will do this than what has been going on.’

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  • There is no ‘one size fit’s all’ in eating. Some children just cannot eat dairy, so the cheese would have to be left out, other children have trouble with green leafy veg. Perhaps teachers should check with parents in the first instance to find out if what they have packed for their child’s lunch is healthy for their child.


  • Why are we infantilising parents so much these days? At my daughter’s old school they kept referring to the people who previous experience in the canteen as canteen champions. I just kept thinking are we 10? It’s not up to the teachers to let me know I’ve done a good job on my kid’s lunch. By the same token, it’s not up to them to them to decide whether it’s a bad lunch either. If I constantly don’t give them enough food with enough nutrients they can discuss their concerns with me but some kids have issues with food, food aversions and sensitivities.


  • No no no. This wouldn’t make me feel good in any way shape or form


  • Weird, I read not long back that nose picking could be good for you. These studies are so confusing


  • Not sure I would cope with all the focus on kids lunchboxes these days. I packed mostly healthy, home made food but there were occasional treats. I’m sure I would be shamed for it now


  • Everyone is different so really we should just do our own thing


  • I think people just like to whinge. I must admit I am a little annoyed by the prospect that lunchboxes these days are checked as if I can’t be trusted, but this goes on anyway. If I received a note like this I’d feel chuffed that I’d done something right.


  • It is not for the teacher to get involved.


  • Firstly, it is NOT the teacher’s responsibility to monitor a child’s food intake. They have a snapshot of the child’s intake for a small period of time which may or may not be representative of their home life food intake. They are NOT qualified to advise parents of nutritional intake unless they are a dietitian! And furthermore, some children’s parents take a LONG time to make home made treats that may look unhealthy but actually aren’t – for example, I make a chocolate brownie that is made from sweet potato and zucchini. It has cocoa in it and looks just like a sugary, diabetes inducing store bought one. How would the teacher know that unless they asked??!! What kind of guilt are you putting on kids / parents by labeling food “good” or “bad”? Getting into some serious food issues here!! Plus, there is enough stuff that teacher’s are expected to do without adding this ridiculous thing to their long lists.


  • Really? Another job for teachers to do? I don’t understand. Their role is obviously to teach children, and that can include about health and nutrition, but not to judge a lunch box sent from home. That’s not okay.


  • I just want them to stop caring whats the kids are eating for lunch either way. Its really up to the parents to decide.


  • I wouldn’t be offended by this. Sometimes it’s good to know you’re doing well as a parent


  • I think this is kind of funny. It is nice to get recognition as a parent you are doing the right thing as all to often people are quick to criticise things parents do wrong.

    • I agree – a note that is about positivity!


  • I would find this condescending if something like his came home with my child’s lunchbox. Save the awards for the children. We’re all adults, we know what’s healthy and what isn’t but I think these rules go too far. I understand wanting to have kids eat healthy but shaming kids who don’t have healthy lunches is not the way to go.


  • It actually seems quite cute and positive!


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