Of course I have something to rant about regarding children. You would too if you spent over 50 hours a week with 70+ of them. I realize my last two posts have dealt with issues surrounding youth, and while I have done a great deal in between them, well, I'll post about that someday. But for now, I'm standing on my soap box, trying to tackle candy consumption under 12.
There's a candy store at work, that the kids run. It used to open up only in the afternoons, around snack time. Now it opens at 9am, and seems to remain open until about 4pm. This is bad because, a) at 9am, children are walking around with push pops and giant pixi sticks, b) processed and refined foods severely aggitate already existing behavior issues...namely autism, add, adhd, etc etc....this has been proven, c) i have to deal with these aggitated behavioral issues, d) too much sugar makes you fat...this has also been proven....I could go on.
Go ahead....ask a 5th grader to bring a healthy food. You'll most likely end up with cheetos. Then have them list off some things that are vegetables. They'll get stuck after carrot. It amazing what kids think is healthy. Did you know ice cream is a good substitute for milk? These are simple concepts people! Not something that is out of the reach of a 7 year old. It's not like they're being taught all this junk and just aren't listening/learning it. It's because they're not being taught it at all. Parents... Hello? Are you out there? I you aware of the growing rates of juvenile diabetes and obesity? Kids are not designed to sit around all day and watch television and each chips. No one is. You wouldn't let them smoke a cigarette when they're 6...but seriously..how are these trends any better?
I know that this is a suject that's been tackled time and time again. But, I needed to vent a little. But now I have a nice layer of mint julep on my face, some water to drink, and a paper to write.
Over and out.