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  •  A couple of things. (7+ / 0-)

    a) not all 'sugary drinks' are necessarily 'bad'. Especially depending on the kid. Sugary drinks have kept my son out of the hospital because he's a severe hypoglycemic and they boosted his sugar enough to keep him awake while I was making him something with protein and carbs in it. Water wouldn't have done it. He's allergic to milk. He needed the sugar.

    b) If you want to control what kids eat, expand WIC. WIC already has that in place. Of course you can't buy store brands if they are cheaper, and you are limited in what you can get, and convincing them to give you milk you can use (not cow) even with a kid with an allergy is next to impossible.

    c) Again you don't know what that parent is going through. Maybe the go-gurt is for those days she works early and she has to have the kids up and on the bus at 5am and they need something to eat while they are sitting at the bus stop. Maybe she gets Sunny Delight because it's better than soda and doesn't spoil as fast in sippy cups in the heat as milk or regular juice. Maybe the frosted flakes are for her to eat, dry after she drops the kids off at daycare so that she has something in her stomach before she gets to her job when she may or may not have a break in the first 6 hours.

    So no, you don't get to decide what my kids can and cannot eat. Sorry.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 09:11:57 PM PDT

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    •  And no one asked me. (4+ / 0-)

      I pay my taxes. I don't lobby about food assistance standards.

      I do lobby like crazy that there should be more food assistance. I support a lobby group that works on behalf of those who need food assistance to ensure that benefits aren't being cut, that standards aren't being cut just to save money, that we're finding better ways to take care of our most vulnerable citizens.

      I don't care what your kids eat. I certainly don't care what you eat.

      But you might want to consider that I'm a friend in the larger war against those who need assistance in the fight against hunger. I don't know what the mother in Costco, you or any parent is going through. But I know what it's like to be so hungry that a shop owner pulls you aside because you're so thin and gray, and he hands you two large bags of vegetables, bread and cheese, and makes you promise to return next week for more. I know this and now that my husband and I are comfortable, we do everything we can to eradicate hunger in America.

      You don't know who I am or what path I've walked. You don't know why I might care about what those who get food assistance eat. You might not know what I do to ensure that the hungry never get forgotten.

      I'm not your enemy. I assure you.

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 10:34:09 PM PDT

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