One by one, the children trooped to our table and put their apples in front of my son. By the fourth apple, I asked Christopher–my date for “Lunch with Your Second Grader” at the local elementary school in Kinnelon, N.J.–what was going on.
“Oh, they don’t like the apples that come with lunch, so they give them to me,” he reported, shrugging. “I can’t eat them all.”
I’m the mother of two boys, now middle-schoolers, one a good eater and one who would live on pizza and root beer if I let him. Christopher eats apples, and Nicholas leaves his on the lunch tray. He’s the one who needs his chocolate milk. Yes, chocolate.
And so it was disturbing to hear about the recent chocolate milk ban in the Fairfax County, Va., school system and elsewhere around the country. Ditching chocolate milk to cut down on our children’s sugar intake might be the right sentiment, but it’s the wrong solution.