We work really, really, really, really hard to keep things sensible. We teach him all the time about appropriate eating choices and riskier ones.
The world is against us, though. The grocery stores stock their treats and sweets at kid's eye level. Everything is branded so you're saying no to a treat and no to Spiderman. It's not easy.
But do you know what makes it a lot harder?
When the school sends home homework like this!
Yes kids, today in Kindergarten we'll be learning how to give yourself high blood pressure by choosing high sodium snacks. These are your choices, like it or lump, high-carb, high-sodium snacks with little to no nutritive value or fibre.
Next week we'll be learning how to inject our own insulin and perform CPR!
Even more lovely is their weekly lunch menu. Want to see the reason why I pack ALL my kid's lunches?
Even on pizza day your choices are cheese or cheese and pepperoni. But at least once a week they serve fries! That's a vegetable! And they're oven-baked doncha-know.
And then there's the pasta day. A nice can of tomato sauce adds tonnes of nutrition, especially when mixed with sausage or regular ground beef.
And before you say it: yes I was involved in the lunch committee last year. The school chose to go in a different direction this year and we were told lunches would be taken care of by an outside provider.
It's not just that the homework features bad snacks; the children were also asked which bad snack they wanted.
It's not just that the lunch menu bites; there are actually NO healthy choices. The outside lunch provider decided fruit wasn't profitable enough. So it's now cookies, cheese and crackers, frosted cinnamon rolls, or packaged rice krispie squares for a snack.
I've never seen Jamie Oliver's show (TV is right up there with salty carbo-snacks in my ratings system: fills you up but adds no value), but I've heard about it. And I can see how the idea of fresh fruit and vegetables in schools could be seen as revolutionary. For now I just lodge my mini-revolt protest by sending in healthy apple-bran muffins and fruit plates for my son's class.
Am I over-reacting? Is your school like this?