No More Sharing/Trading Lunch at School

charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
We were reminded today at the end of school that during lunch there is to be no trading or sharing. My little one will have lunch at school for the first time next year, and I'm sad that she won't get to experience the fun of trading for different things or sharing something she likes with a friend.

Does everyone remember how much fun it was to broker trades around the lunch table?
06/13/2013
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Kitka Kitka
I can imagine, I remember doing that when I was young but nowadays I can see the need for the no sharing/no trading. My little guy has a food allergy and he isn't permitted to trade, share or consume anything he's given that isn't from me unless the school calls me to check first. Not all teachers, etc. follow this procedure so it becomes pretty scary sometimes, hoping my kid doesn't get sick from it.
06/13/2013
charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
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Originally posted by Kitka
I can imagine, I remember doing that when I was young but nowadays I can see the need for the no sharing/no trading. My little guy has a food allergy and he isn't permitted to trade, share or consume anything he's given that isn't from me ... More
Oh, I know it's for allergy reasons, I can see that. I'm just still sad about the loss of the experience and fun of trading/sharing.
06/13/2013
melissa1973 melissa1973
I never did the trading or sharing thing, and now that I have a teenager I make sure she doesn't either because you never know. I was pissed when she informed me that she had to share a trombone in band, after school let out. So she'll have her own when it begins again in a few months.
06/13/2013
Ansley Ansley
Aww man, that really sucks.

I used to trade my milk for an extra roll with the kid across from me or I'd trade something "bad for you" off my tray for something "good for you" from their lunches. (We were very limited on fruits and veggies because of the cost. Junk food was/is cheaper and I would go through a bag of apples in two days so it was really expensive to keep me in fruits and veggies.)
06/13/2013
charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
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Originally posted by Ansley
Aww man, that really sucks.

I used to trade my milk for an extra roll with the kid across from me or I'd trade something "bad for you" off my tray for something "good for you" from their lunches. (We were very limited ... More
That's more what I'm sad about....the experience of making those fun deals with peers.
06/13/2013
charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
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Originally posted by melissa1973
I never did the trading or sharing thing, and now that I have a teenager I make sure she doesn't either because you never know. I was pissed when she informed me that she had to share a trombone in band, after school let out. So she'll have ... More
Ew. That's a lot of spit exposure...I wouldn't be thrilled about that either.
06/13/2013
Woman China Woman China
In primary school, no one wanted to trade items with me or my sisters because there were four of us, my mother bought in bulk- Tupperware. So she'd buy a litre of yoghurt and we'd get little cups of them. We'd have our cellar filled with fruits from the orchard, or we'd had canned/pickled items. But I can tell you this... I was the most popular girl in school when it came time for jam or dill pickles to be opened.
06/13/2013
SourAppleMartini SourAppleMartini
I get why it has been implemented, schools don't want to be responsible for allergic reactions and food poisonings. However I find it a little sad that we live in a world where everyone is so paranoid about getting sued.
06/13/2013
Ms. N Ms. N
Honestly, I know kids, and I can't see it ending. There will be swaps...under the table. It will be like black market Lunchables.
06/13/2013
Bme Bme
Should we just put kids in a bubble. It is amazing that we all survived childhood. We rode bikes without helmets and knee pads. We traded food at lunch. We hugged others. All this and we still made it.

Ms. N - great comment about the black market for lunchables.
06/13/2013
Intrepid Niddering Intrepid Niddering
When I was in school, we never really made trades. Rarely anyone brought their lunch; it was all the school lunch, and you had no choice on what you got. Even if you didn't want that frozen peach cup in heavy syrup, you were still given that frozen peach cup in heavy syrup.

There were times where it was, "Are you going to eat that?" If the person wasn't going to eat it, whoever asked for it got it.

You had more freedom in what you got in middle school. Lunch at my middle school was all a la carte. They'd have frozen burritos that were heated up, steamed hamburgers with mushy buns, or fries for the most part. And sodas. Sometimes, they'd have Domino's Personal Size Pizzas. That was pretty much all you got to choose from. The Student Store had Cup of Noodles and frozen yoghurt.

At my first high school, my group of friends and all shared. Some days this group of people would buy food and we'd all eat from it. The next day, this group would buy food and we'd all eat from it. Again, the variety was mainly frozen burritos, hamburgers, and corn dogs. There was a side window that sold fruit salads and Domino's Personal Size Pizzas. Then we had a Student Store that sold chips, candy, and soda.

My second high school had meals like my elementary school. You were given certain things, no choice against it. They were also really stingy on condiments. That was the only "trading" I ever did. They gave use one packet of ketchup and one packet of mustard on Hamburger days. I don't like ketchup, so I usually gave that to someone else and everyone who didn't like mustard gave me theirs.

My last high school had a mix of a meal with certain things and no choices against it, or they had an a la carte line. I usually checked out the other line. I'd get a plain milk (not chocolate, that's gross) and a Chick-fil-A sandwich, though I didn't know it was a Chick-fil-A sandwich at the time; I just knew it was chicken.

I eventually grew tired of the school lunch and started just bringing peanut butter sandwiches, granola bars, and peanut butter crackers with me to school. I always ate the sandwich at lunch time. The granola bar and crackers I just ate whenever during the day.

I guess we were boring.
06/13/2013
alliegator alliegator
This seems hard to enforce, and kinda silly. How many kids really have serious allergic reactions? Some schools don't allow homebaked goods to be brought to classes for birthdays/etc. either, only sealed food with nutrition info from stores.
06/13/2013
SneakersAndPearls SneakersAndPearls
When I was in elementary school, sharing and trading was strictly forbidden. You would get in HUGE trouble. At my kids' school, there is no such rule, but I teach them not to share/trade because allergies are more common now than when I was in school (look it up. It's true).
06/13/2013
Zombirella Zombirella
I never traded mine, my mom knew me well as a picky eater. Plus, I usually approved of it before it was packed until I did it myself.
06/14/2013
Fluke Fluke
I never traded either. If you don't like what you got in your lunch, you'd simply tell your mom that you don't like that and want something else (man being 8 was awesome)
06/14/2013
hjtee hjtee
I never did trading in schools.
06/14/2013
eri86 eri86
Maybe have a share/trade party? But make sure parents only send their kids over with allergy approved foods.
06/14/2013
kendra30752 kendra30752
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Originally posted by charmedtomeetyou
We were reminded today at the end of school that during lunch there is to be no trading or sharing. My little one will have lunch at school for the first time next year, and I'm sad that she won't get to experience the fun of trading for ... More
why is trading no longer allowed? Did something bad happen?

I never remember trading lunches, really. I don't think that was a big thing when I was a kid in school.
06/14/2013
joolie joolie
I never traded around lunches. My mom packed things that I really liked that were somewhat healthy. My kids did trading during lunch in primary school. It was a Catholic School that orderedout every day. On Friday the list and prices for the next week would be sent home so everything was paid in advance. I was on a tight budget, and not really crazy about my kidshaving different unhealthy food every day. They traded parts of their lunches with the kids who had ordered out.
I feel terrible for the kids with food allergies. Somebody at their school threw peanuts at a girl who was allergic, and she reacted so fast and so badly that an ambulance came for her.
06/14/2013
married with children married with children
I don't bother with public schools, my kids go to private school. I sacrifice to send them there. I don't have to deal with the BS coming from the public school system.
06/14/2013
Ryuson Ryuson
My elementary school tried to enforce this, for allergy reasons and kids not getting 'rounded meals' that their parents sent them with. I always thought it was BS! By the time you're old enough to understand a barter system with your peers, you should be old enough to basically understand what your body needs to keep going and what you're allergic to. I feel like if a 7 year old knows they'll die if they eat peanuts, they're gonna be smart enough to be VERY prudent about anything they don't recognize. That's just me, though!
06/14/2013
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Ryuson
My elementary school tried to enforce this, for allergy reasons and kids not getting 'rounded meals' that their parents sent them with. I always thought it was BS! By the time you're old enough to understand a barter system with your ... More
Children don't have a really great grasp on the finality of death nor do they have the ability to control all of their impulses; if a peer kept pressuring a child to try it they just might give in.

Like the sixteen year old girl "who was so level-headed and above peer pressure that she decided to car surf" and got tossed into a guardrail and died this past week. Everyone interviewed after the fact kept saying over and over "that's so not like her, she'd NEVER do anything like that". Well she did. And she paid for it with her life.
06/14/2013
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