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When I was at primary school, I used to enjoy taking in a packed lunch every day and sitting and eating it with my friends.

Now, thanks to one school in South Yorkshire, some children have been told they’re not allowed to bring packed lunches into school and that they have to go onto school dinners instead.

Some parents have even pulled their children out over the new rules.

Good on them.

As a parent with two children on packed lunches, it riles me to think that parents are deemed too damn stupid to know what constitutes a healthy, balanced diet and instead they’re strong-arming us into eating their stuff instead.

Not content with being the Lunch Box Police and banning items like chocolate bars and juice (yep, it happens) some schools are taking it one step further and banning all food from home instead.

I don’t feed my kids crap. A typical packed lunch here would consist of a wholemeal tuna and cucumber roll, a mini cheese or yoghurt, a piece of fruit such as a banana/satsuma/apple, and maybe a flapjack or biscuit as well.

Once a week as a treat they’ll get a bag of crisps in there as well. (Shock, horror.)

You know what else really riles? The fact that you get “No Chocolate!” thrown into the rules and then they’ll have chocolate cake on the menu for those on school dinners.

I couldn’t give a flying if it’s healthy chocolate cake made out of organic ingredients hand crafted by fluttering angels, or if it’s really got beetroot hiding in there too.

Talk about double standards.

I suppose it’s all well and good if you get them free. You’ve got children under 7, or you’re on benefits, then no problem. Get the dinners free.

What if you’re one of those households suckers that work though? Shafted yet again. £1.75 might not sound a lot but over the month that’s £35 in dinners. If you’ve got two kids, double it so you’re forking out £70 a month on their dinners.

If you want to put them on dinners, fine. To be told that you HAVE to though? They can stick that up their chocolate cake and smoke it.

The headteacher is quoted as saying said no one was being ‘forced’ to participate as parents could take their children home for lunch if they chose.

Well, that’s big of her. What happens if you don’t live close enough to get back home, eat your dinner and get back to school before bell goes?

Are you expected to walk to pick your child up and sit on a bench outside the school grounds with a Tupperware box?!

I don’t think so.

Stop treating parents like children and realise that the majority are perfectly capable of feeding their own children perfectly healthily.

What do you think?

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