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Schools are not giving kids enough time to eat lunch.
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Sometimes they don't finish because they sit THERE and TALK AWAY. I have lunch duty and I tell them STOP YOUR TALKING and START EATING.
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Sometimes they don't finish because they sit THERE and TALK AWAY. I have lunch duty and I tell them STOP YOUR TALKING and START EATING.
Lunch is the appropriate time for children to socialize. They spend all day being told to be quiet and listen to what adults are saying. It's ridiculous to think they should be silent at lunch. Lunch needs to be longer so children get a much needed break and a chance to eat AND catch up with their fiends. Socializing is important for their development.
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Umm, it has nothing to do with the time allowed for lunch. It's because kids like to talk to their friends. When they realize they have 5-10 minutes till lunch is over, that's when they eat fast.
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When I ate lunch at school, my mom made sure I ate AFTER school. Thats when I get most of my food from. Breakfast Afternoon Lunch whoch was after school and dinner all at home. Lunch during school honestly was a light “snack time” for me but I ate all my food. I was raised by my mom to eat and respect the food. Even my husband now teach our kids to eat when its eating time. No talking while you eat your food. Its just manners because they have all the time to talk after and before that. I think its a parent’s job to monitor your child food intake. Feed them when they’re at home. Its not the school’s job to raise your kids... You have to do your part in making sure your child grows healthy and respectful.
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Aw... as a former teacher who has done many lunch duties, I must say that kids rush through lunch to get out on the playground.
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I remember in elementary it was basically like this. We weren’t allowed to talk or socialize with our friends in the line, or cafeteria. I got ISS for saying “sorry” to a kid I accidentally kicked under the table. I was a very slow eater and most of the time I left lunch hungry. That was my first year at this school, where I was pretty skinny. By the next year I learned to eat faster and actually gained an unhealthy amount of weight. Now in a different district we have 21 minutes. Not as long as I’d like but not short either. Kids need longer lunch times. Having to scarf down your food is an unhealthy habit.
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I hate this. My kids school give 20 min, but if you have to stand in line or your class is held up for sone reason.... Or the length of your recess after lunch depends on how fast you eat or throw it away.... It's awful.
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I absolutely agree. Lunch should be 30 minutes minimum with 30 minutes playtime and snacks 15. Parents should be insisting on this. Anything less is unhealthy both physically, emotionally and mentally.
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Hmmm, I wonder if the children are more interested in having fun with their friends instead of eating? I know my kids played around at the dinner table, likely they do the same in schools.
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We had this issue in high school. And I haven't long been out of high school. Maybe 7 or 8 years. Bell would ring. Had to go down 3 stories to get to the basement where the cafeteria was, wait through long lines and then find a place to sit. And there wasn't always enough seating. And we weren't allowed to take our lunch outside, so if there were no seats, you ate standing up or sitting on the floor. I remember one day, it took me so long to get through the line, I had 10 minutes to eat, that was it. I felt so sick after eating cause I had to eat so fast before lunch was over. They really need to give kids more time to eat. Imagine those poor little kids and their upset bellies from either not eating enough or eating too fast. My daughter starts kindergarten this year and this is something I'm worried about with her.
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Kids should learn how to multitask. The fact that schools have to remind kids that they should eat is just sad. Kids these days have the same amount of time as when I was their age. My mom works at a school that allows parents to come in and see if their kids are being forced or whatever to eat. And guess what the parents realize oh hey my kid is spending their time goofing around and talking versus eating. If schools didn’t have someone to remind kids that hey your lunch time is almost up, they wouldn’t eat at all and then who would you blame? Quit pointing fingers at schools and realize it’s your kids personal choice on how they spend their lunch.
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