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School Shames Mom for Packing Raisins

Jenn is perhaps best known as the author of the popular parenting blog Breed ‘Em and Weep (2005-2012). She’s written for many magazines, newspapers and websites, including Brain, Child Magazine, Literary Mama, and The Boston Globe. Jenn’...

The school food police have gone too far this time

Raisin-shaming is now a thing. Yes, this is officially the apocalypse. You heard it here first.

Innocent little raisins are now considered an inappropriate snack at some schools — as one Australian mom was rudely informed via a note sent home from her daughter's kindergarten teacher.

"Please help us to encourage nutritious eating habits in children. Our healthy eating policy asks you to provide healthy and nutritious snacks for your child to eat at kindy," the note read. "The sultanas [golden raisins] packed for your child today are unacceptable at kindy due to its high sugar content."

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WT actual F. Seriously?

Parents all over the globe are outraged by this kindergarten's response to golden raisins — especially the mom on the receiving end of the note.

"This must be a joke? Of course they are high in sugar, they are fruit," she said in a Facebook post. "Today's lunch consisted of a sandwich roll, two boiled eggs, an orange, kiwi fruit, and a handful of sultanas. She never has packaged food in her lunchbox or anything with refined sugar."

But she shouldn't even have to defend herself or list what she puts in her daughter's lunch. Food-shaming is getting out of control in schools, and it's got to stop.

Kathryn Hawkins is a dietitian and mother who came to this mom's defense.

"If your child enjoys sultanas and feels happy when eating them, then that is a great choice for them. If you are a busy working household and grabbing a box of sultanas for the lunchbox makes it a bit easier for you, then it is a great choice for you," Hawkins said on Facebook. "You DO NOT have to feel one bit guilty for putting a box of sultanas in your child's lunch and you DO NOT have to 'explain' why."

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Damn straight. What's next? Apples? We call B.S. on this disappointing trend in schools.

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