A mum has been left fuming after a teacher at her son’s school criticised the lunchbox she prepares for him each day.
The mum explains that her son has autism and sensory processing disorder, and is “extremely particular” about what he will and will not eat.
Sharing a picture of a typical lunchbox she packs for him, it shows a small meat sandwich, fruit including strawberries and a banana, crackers, pretzels, noodles, a fruit winder and juice.
She said that “most days” the lunchbox will come home full despite her trying to include the food groups she knows he likes, which she says is “very small”.
The mum set out the food her son will eat, writing: “These mostly include dry biscuits, ham, plain bread, plain pita, no sauces, no dips, no vegetables, no spreads on bread etc. He only eats very dry foods that don’t have much moisture in them at all. Do you see a problem with this lunch?”
Posting on the Lunchbox Ideas Australia Facebook page, she revealed a teacher had criticised what she was sending her son to school with and said he ‘needs to eat less dry biscuits and more fruit and vegetables’, Daily Star reports.
Upset, the mum appealed for help, asking: “Please feel free to comment below with some vegetable alternatives because I have tried everything imaginable as well as hour upon hour of occupational therapy to encourage my son to eat a wider variety of fruits and vegetables and unfortunately we have been unsuccessful.
“I accept that this is a part of autism but would love to hear from some parents out there who are currently experiencing the same difficulty with this issue.”
But many other parents replied to say that she was doing a great job and hit out at the teacher for telling the mum what she should be feeding her son.
One wrote: “What does she even mean that it’s not healthy enough? There’s fruit, yoghurt, various meat components, bread and wraps. I don’t understand.”
Another said: “I’m sorry, but when did it become normal for teachers to be able to dictate to parents what their children can and can’t eat (I understand when it comes to food allergies at the school though)?”
A third vented: “Tell her she needs a new profession. You’re doing a great job mummy. It looks fine to me. Best he eats something than nothing. Put in a complaint.”
And another added: “I’m a teacher and my son is a fussy eater. I’m so sorry your son’s teacher has behaved this way. If she is aware of your son’s needs, she has behaved in an extremely unprofessional manner. To make a comment like that to any student is wrong.”