Now, I get that banning sweets from school parties or fundraisers or whatever isn't going to make all parents feed their children healthy foods and thereby end childhood obesity. But it does force families to think together about alternatives.
I understand there may be limitations on what kind of food the camp can purchase and keep in storage, and this may not be a simple issue. But providing wholesome fuel for the kids seems in keeping with the wholesome kind of fun you offer on the field.
Recently, I was lamenting the fact that he has now decided to cut out even broccoli, which historically has been a favorite green. My mom reminded me not to forget the importance of fruit, which most kids already eat, and which also packs a great nutritional punch.
Cool, fruity, sticky, and sweet, popsicles convey the innocence of childhood on one hand, and all of the sexiness of hot summer nights on the other, depending on whose hands are holding which varieties.
When it comes to my son eating lollipops, I think about the politics of food in the United States and the science behind the ill-effects of refined sugar. But what really drives me to do something about it is my son's inevitable meltdown as he's coming down from the sugar high.