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Gammaw
02-13-2010, 02:21 PM
(Sorry for the double post - not sure where to put this one)Hi. I have searched the forums for an answer, but I still don't see one. My 4 yr old has come home telling me that eating french fries is "junk" according to his gym teacher. His preschool class is about to embark on a week of learning about health issues, including good diet. I am concerned he will be confused. I have explained to him that his belly is special and french fries are ok. I see pamphlets and other sources that suggest "When teaching class about proper nutrition, be sensitive to XX who has a high-calorie, fat & sodium diet that may appear unhealthy by most nutritional standards" But I would like to provide more specific ways to address this issue to his teachers - how do they help other children avoid fatty unhealthy foods and not confuse my child?

Gammaw
02-13-2010, 02:21 PM
(Sorry for the double post - not sure where to put this one)Hi. I have searched the forums for an answer, but I still don't see one. My 4 yr old has come home telling me that eating french fries is "junk" according to his gym teacher. His preschool class is about to embark on a week of learning about health issues, including good diet. I am concerned he will be confused. I have explained to him that his belly is special and french fries are ok. I see pamphlets and other sources that suggest "When teaching class about proper nutrition, be sensitive to XX who has a high-calorie, fat & sodium diet that may appear unhealthy by most nutritional standards" But I would like to provide more specific ways to address this issue to his teachers - how do they help other children avoid fatty unhealthy foods and not confuse my child?

Gammaw
02-13-2010, 02:21 PM
(Sorry for the double post - not sure where to put this one)Hi. I have searched the forums for an answer, but I still don't see one. My 4 yr old has come home telling me that eating french fries is "junk" according to his gym teacher. His preschool class is about to embark on a week of learning about health issues, including good diet. I am concerned he will be confused. I have explained to him that his belly is special and french fries are ok. I see pamphlets and other sources that suggest "When teaching class about proper nutrition, be sensitive to XX who has a high-calorie, fat & sodium diet that may appear unhealthy by most nutritional standards" But I would like to provide more specific ways to address this issue to his teachers - how do they help other children avoid fatty unhealthy foods and not confuse my child?

Gammaw
02-13-2010, 02:21 PM
(Sorry for the double post - not sure where to put this one)Hi. I have searched the forums for an answer, but I still don't see one. My 4 yr old has come home telling me that eating french fries is "junk" according to his gym teacher. His preschool class is about to embark on a week of learning about health issues, including good diet. I am concerned he will be confused. I have explained to him that his belly is special and french fries are ok. I see pamphlets and other sources that suggest "When teaching class about proper nutrition, be sensitive to XX who has a high-calorie, fat & sodium diet that may appear unhealthy by most nutritional standards" But I would like to provide more specific ways to address this issue to his teachers - how do they help other children avoid fatty unhealthy foods and not confuse my child?

Gammaw
02-13-2010, 02:21 PM
(Sorry for the double post - not sure where to put this one)Hi. I have searched the forums for an answer, but I still don't see one. My 4 yr old has come home telling me that eating french fries is "junk" according to his gym teacher. His preschool class is about to embark on a week of learning about health issues, including good diet. I am concerned he will be confused. I have explained to him that his belly is special and french fries are ok. I see pamphlets and other sources that suggest "When teaching class about proper nutrition, be sensitive to XX who has a high-calorie, fat & sodium diet that may appear unhealthy by most nutritional standards" But I would like to provide more specific ways to address this issue to his teachers - how do they help other children avoid fatty unhealthy foods and not confuse my child?

JORDYSMOM
02-14-2010, 08:16 PM
As I was frying bacon for Jordan this morning, I was thinking about your question. LOL Yes, I ate some too. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">

I struggle with something similar in my house, because my 14 yr old is overweight, and it's because his brother needs extra calories, and it's so hard to not let him eat the same things. Ugh!

I'm wondering if your clinic's dietician would have any helpful literature you could take to the school. I know that there are some clinics that are moving more toward healthier high calorie options for CF patients. Of course, preschoolers can be so picky, so sometimes we have to let them eat whatever they WILL eat.

I like the idea of teaching the kids that everyone's dietary needs are different. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">

Stacey

JORDYSMOM
02-14-2010, 08:16 PM
As I was frying bacon for Jordan this morning, I was thinking about your question. LOL Yes, I ate some too. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">

I struggle with something similar in my house, because my 14 yr old is overweight, and it's because his brother needs extra calories, and it's so hard to not let him eat the same things. Ugh!

I'm wondering if your clinic's dietician would have any helpful literature you could take to the school. I know that there are some clinics that are moving more toward healthier high calorie options for CF patients. Of course, preschoolers can be so picky, so sometimes we have to let them eat whatever they WILL eat.

I like the idea of teaching the kids that everyone's dietary needs are different. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">

Stacey

JORDYSMOM
02-14-2010, 08:16 PM
As I was frying bacon for Jordan this morning, I was thinking about your question. LOL Yes, I ate some too. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">

I struggle with something similar in my house, because my 14 yr old is overweight, and it's because his brother needs extra calories, and it's so hard to not let him eat the same things. Ugh!

I'm wondering if your clinic's dietician would have any helpful literature you could take to the school. I know that there are some clinics that are moving more toward healthier high calorie options for CF patients. Of course, preschoolers can be so picky, so sometimes we have to let them eat whatever they WILL eat.

I like the idea of teaching the kids that everyone's dietary needs are different. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">

Stacey

JORDYSMOM
02-14-2010, 08:16 PM
As I was frying bacon for Jordan this morning, I was thinking about your question. LOL Yes, I ate some too. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">

I struggle with something similar in my house, because my 14 yr old is overweight, and it's because his brother needs extra calories, and it's so hard to not let him eat the same things. Ugh!

I'm wondering if your clinic's dietician would have any helpful literature you could take to the school. I know that there are some clinics that are moving more toward healthier high calorie options for CF patients. Of course, preschoolers can be so picky, so sometimes we have to let them eat whatever they WILL eat.

I like the idea of teaching the kids that everyone's dietary needs are different. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">

Stacey

JORDYSMOM
02-14-2010, 08:16 PM
As I was frying bacon for Jordan this morning, I was thinking about your question. LOL Yes, I ate some too. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">
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<br />I struggle with something similar in my house, because my 14 yr old is overweight, and it's because his brother needs extra calories, and it's so hard to not let him eat the same things. Ugh!
<br />
<br />I'm wondering if your clinic's dietician would have any helpful literature you could take to the school. I know that there are some clinics that are moving more toward healthier high calorie options for CF patients. Of course, preschoolers can be so picky, so sometimes we have to let them eat whatever they WILL eat.
<br />
<br />I like the idea of teaching the kids that everyone's dietary needs are different. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">
<br />
<br />Stacey

Ratatosk
02-15-2010, 12:50 AM
I too was thinking about this last week. DS has gotten some information sent from school recently about how they're going to focus on healthy choices --- specifically food. DS did mention something about soda not being good for him, but he's never really been one to drink it. I don't drink it and DH drinks diet. Maybe a few times a year he'll drink an orange soda.

Ratatosk
02-15-2010, 12:50 AM
I too was thinking about this last week. DS has gotten some information sent from school recently about how they're going to focus on healthy choices --- specifically food. DS did mention something about soda not being good for him, but he's never really been one to drink it. I don't drink it and DH drinks diet. Maybe a few times a year he'll drink an orange soda.

Ratatosk
02-15-2010, 12:50 AM
I too was thinking about this last week. DS has gotten some information sent from school recently about how they're going to focus on healthy choices --- specifically food. DS did mention something about soda not being good for him, but he's never really been one to drink it. I don't drink it and DH drinks diet. Maybe a few times a year he'll drink an orange soda.

Ratatosk
02-15-2010, 12:50 AM
I too was thinking about this last week. DS has gotten some information sent from school recently about how they're going to focus on healthy choices --- specifically food. DS did mention something about soda not being good for him, but he's never really been one to drink it. I don't drink it and DH drinks diet. Maybe a few times a year he'll drink an orange soda.

Ratatosk
02-15-2010, 12:50 AM
I too was thinking about this last week. DS has gotten some information sent from school recently about how they're going to focus on healthy choices --- specifically food. DS did mention something about soda not being good for him, but he's never really been one to drink it. I don't drink it and DH drinks diet. Maybe a few times a year he'll drink an orange soda.

MaryamsMommy
02-15-2010, 01:48 AM
I think its good for are children to learn the difference. They should know what is healthy for typical children and what is allowed for them. Yes even for a CFer Fries can be Junk food so can chips and all that other stuff. There is a difference between healthy fats and bad fats even for a CFer. Yes are children need way more Fat and Sodium but they can get it in a healthier way. And yes there are CFers who are overweight and who even have heart disease. A diet rich in Protein Fiber fresh fruit and Veggies is also important to a cfer they still need the good stuff too. I would much rather my daughter eat some hummus with olive oil and pita bread then fries any day. And actually she would prefer it. But let them learn about whats considered healthy for others.I have herd of some people with children with CF who let their children eat Icecream for Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.. I know it has fat but come on The Sugar?
Weight gain can be achived through protein and healthy carbs as well as healthy fats.. Its not just about weight gain but putting healthy fuel in the body healthy carbs actualy improves brain function.Just something to think about. My daughter gets 75% of her calories through her g-tube right now due to a life long eating aversion. But usually what she does eat by mouth is pretty healthy and yeah a burger and Fries here and there never hurts..

Karen
Mommy To Maryam 9 With CF

MaryamsMommy
02-15-2010, 01:48 AM
I think its good for are children to learn the difference. They should know what is healthy for typical children and what is allowed for them. Yes even for a CFer Fries can be Junk food so can chips and all that other stuff. There is a difference between healthy fats and bad fats even for a CFer. Yes are children need way more Fat and Sodium but they can get it in a healthier way. And yes there are CFers who are overweight and who even have heart disease. A diet rich in Protein Fiber fresh fruit and Veggies is also important to a cfer they still need the good stuff too. I would much rather my daughter eat some hummus with olive oil and pita bread then fries any day. And actually she would prefer it. But let them learn about whats considered healthy for others.I have herd of some people with children with CF who let their children eat Icecream for Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.. I know it has fat but come on The Sugar?
Weight gain can be achived through protein and healthy carbs as well as healthy fats.. Its not just about weight gain but putting healthy fuel in the body healthy carbs actualy improves brain function.Just something to think about. My daughter gets 75% of her calories through her g-tube right now due to a life long eating aversion. But usually what she does eat by mouth is pretty healthy and yeah a burger and Fries here and there never hurts..

Karen
Mommy To Maryam 9 With CF

MaryamsMommy
02-15-2010, 01:48 AM
I think its good for are children to learn the difference. They should know what is healthy for typical children and what is allowed for them. Yes even for a CFer Fries can be Junk food so can chips and all that other stuff. There is a difference between healthy fats and bad fats even for a CFer. Yes are children need way more Fat and Sodium but they can get it in a healthier way. And yes there are CFers who are overweight and who even have heart disease. A diet rich in Protein Fiber fresh fruit and Veggies is also important to a cfer they still need the good stuff too. I would much rather my daughter eat some hummus with olive oil and pita bread then fries any day. And actually she would prefer it. But let them learn about whats considered healthy for others.I have herd of some people with children with CF who let their children eat Icecream for Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.. I know it has fat but come on The Sugar?
Weight gain can be achived through protein and healthy carbs as well as healthy fats.. Its not just about weight gain but putting healthy fuel in the body healthy carbs actualy improves brain function.Just something to think about. My daughter gets 75% of her calories through her g-tube right now due to a life long eating aversion. But usually what she does eat by mouth is pretty healthy and yeah a burger and Fries here and there never hurts..

Karen
Mommy To Maryam 9 With CF

MaryamsMommy
02-15-2010, 01:48 AM
I think its good for are children to learn the difference. They should know what is healthy for typical children and what is allowed for them. Yes even for a CFer Fries can be Junk food so can chips and all that other stuff. There is a difference between healthy fats and bad fats even for a CFer. Yes are children need way more Fat and Sodium but they can get it in a healthier way. And yes there are CFers who are overweight and who even have heart disease. A diet rich in Protein Fiber fresh fruit and Veggies is also important to a cfer they still need the good stuff too. I would much rather my daughter eat some hummus with olive oil and pita bread then fries any day. And actually she would prefer it. But let them learn about whats considered healthy for others.I have herd of some people with children with CF who let their children eat Icecream for Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.. I know it has fat but come on The Sugar?
Weight gain can be achived through protein and healthy carbs as well as healthy fats.. Its not just about weight gain but putting healthy fuel in the body healthy carbs actualy improves brain function.Just something to think about. My daughter gets 75% of her calories through her g-tube right now due to a life long eating aversion. But usually what she does eat by mouth is pretty healthy and yeah a burger and Fries here and there never hurts..

Karen
Mommy To Maryam 9 With CF

MaryamsMommy
02-15-2010, 01:48 AM
I think its good for are children to learn the difference. They should know what is healthy for typical children and what is allowed for them. Yes even for a CFer Fries can be Junk food so can chips and all that other stuff. There is a difference between healthy fats and bad fats even for a CFer. Yes are children need way more Fat and Sodium but they can get it in a healthier way. And yes there are CFers who are overweight and who even have heart disease. A diet rich in Protein Fiber fresh fruit and Veggies is also important to a cfer they still need the good stuff too. I would much rather my daughter eat some hummus with olive oil and pita bread then fries any day. And actually she would prefer it. But let them learn about whats considered healthy for others.I have herd of some people with children with CF who let their children eat Icecream for Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.. I know it has fat but come on The Sugar?
<br />Weight gain can be achived through protein and healthy carbs as well as healthy fats.. Its not just about weight gain but putting healthy fuel in the body healthy carbs actualy improves brain function.Just something to think about. My daughter gets 75% of her calories through her g-tube right now due to a life long eating aversion. But usually what she does eat by mouth is pretty healthy and yeah a burger and Fries here and there never hurts..
<br />
<br />Karen
<br />Mommy To Maryam 9 With CF

LisaGreene
02-16-2010, 06:24 AM
Hi Gammaw,
Yeah, this is a tough one- we went through it, too. In fact, we still do because our kids' classmates will tell them directly that they aren't eating "healthy food." So we've had to do some educating both of our kids and the kids in class as well as the teachers. And our kids handle it well now because they are older (9 and 11) and they are well educated on what their needs are.

We've also taught them effective ways to answer the "comments" from the other kids. It's almost the same kind of training that parents need to give kids for handling bullying. A great book for this is "Words Will Never Hurt Me- Helping Kids Handle Teasing, Bullying, and Putdowns" by Sally Ogden; available at www.LoveandLogic.com and amazon.

So, I would talk with the teacher about this especially with the new section on nutrition coming up. If it were me, I would volunteer to teach a little segment to the kids about CF and how different people have different bodies and different needs. But, you might not be comfortable with this so just talking with the teacher will hopefully take care of it.

The other important piece is to teach your little one about CF care and that some things about his body are different. At 4, he is old enough to understand this if presented simply. There are some good books for his age level which will help him to learn about CF and how to care for himself including his nutritional needs. Now is the perfect time to begin educating him about this.

Good luck on this. My website has some ideas and tips for teaching the class if you need them. www.TipsForCFParents.com under School Issues.

Take care, Lisa

LisaGreene
02-16-2010, 06:24 AM
Hi Gammaw,
Yeah, this is a tough one- we went through it, too. In fact, we still do because our kids' classmates will tell them directly that they aren't eating "healthy food." So we've had to do some educating both of our kids and the kids in class as well as the teachers. And our kids handle it well now because they are older (9 and 11) and they are well educated on what their needs are.

We've also taught them effective ways to answer the "comments" from the other kids. It's almost the same kind of training that parents need to give kids for handling bullying. A great book for this is "Words Will Never Hurt Me- Helping Kids Handle Teasing, Bullying, and Putdowns" by Sally Ogden; available at www.LoveandLogic.com and amazon.

So, I would talk with the teacher about this especially with the new section on nutrition coming up. If it were me, I would volunteer to teach a little segment to the kids about CF and how different people have different bodies and different needs. But, you might not be comfortable with this so just talking with the teacher will hopefully take care of it.

The other important piece is to teach your little one about CF care and that some things about his body are different. At 4, he is old enough to understand this if presented simply. There are some good books for his age level which will help him to learn about CF and how to care for himself including his nutritional needs. Now is the perfect time to begin educating him about this.

Good luck on this. My website has some ideas and tips for teaching the class if you need them. www.TipsForCFParents.com under School Issues.

Take care, Lisa

LisaGreene
02-16-2010, 06:24 AM
Hi Gammaw,
Yeah, this is a tough one- we went through it, too. In fact, we still do because our kids' classmates will tell them directly that they aren't eating "healthy food." So we've had to do some educating both of our kids and the kids in class as well as the teachers. And our kids handle it well now because they are older (9 and 11) and they are well educated on what their needs are.

We've also taught them effective ways to answer the "comments" from the other kids. It's almost the same kind of training that parents need to give kids for handling bullying. A great book for this is "Words Will Never Hurt Me- Helping Kids Handle Teasing, Bullying, and Putdowns" by Sally Ogden; available at www.LoveandLogic.com and amazon.

So, I would talk with the teacher about this especially with the new section on nutrition coming up. If it were me, I would volunteer to teach a little segment to the kids about CF and how different people have different bodies and different needs. But, you might not be comfortable with this so just talking with the teacher will hopefully take care of it.

The other important piece is to teach your little one about CF care and that some things about his body are different. At 4, he is old enough to understand this if presented simply. There are some good books for his age level which will help him to learn about CF and how to care for himself including his nutritional needs. Now is the perfect time to begin educating him about this.

Good luck on this. My website has some ideas and tips for teaching the class if you need them. www.TipsForCFParents.com under School Issues.

Take care, Lisa

LisaGreene
02-16-2010, 06:24 AM
Hi Gammaw,
Yeah, this is a tough one- we went through it, too. In fact, we still do because our kids' classmates will tell them directly that they aren't eating "healthy food." So we've had to do some educating both of our kids and the kids in class as well as the teachers. And our kids handle it well now because they are older (9 and 11) and they are well educated on what their needs are.

We've also taught them effective ways to answer the "comments" from the other kids. It's almost the same kind of training that parents need to give kids for handling bullying. A great book for this is "Words Will Never Hurt Me- Helping Kids Handle Teasing, Bullying, and Putdowns" by Sally Ogden; available at www.LoveandLogic.com and amazon.

So, I would talk with the teacher about this especially with the new section on nutrition coming up. If it were me, I would volunteer to teach a little segment to the kids about CF and how different people have different bodies and different needs. But, you might not be comfortable with this so just talking with the teacher will hopefully take care of it.

The other important piece is to teach your little one about CF care and that some things about his body are different. At 4, he is old enough to understand this if presented simply. There are some good books for his age level which will help him to learn about CF and how to care for himself including his nutritional needs. Now is the perfect time to begin educating him about this.

Good luck on this. My website has some ideas and tips for teaching the class if you need them. www.TipsForCFParents.com under School Issues.

Take care, Lisa

LisaGreene
02-16-2010, 06:24 AM
Hi Gammaw,
<br />Yeah, this is a tough one- we went through it, too. In fact, we still do because our kids' classmates will tell them directly that they aren't eating "healthy food." So we've had to do some educating both of our kids and the kids in class as well as the teachers. And our kids handle it well now because they are older (9 and 11) and they are well educated on what their needs are.
<br />
<br />We've also taught them effective ways to answer the "comments" from the other kids. It's almost the same kind of training that parents need to give kids for handling bullying. A great book for this is "Words Will Never Hurt Me- Helping Kids Handle Teasing, Bullying, and Putdowns" by Sally Ogden; available at www.LoveandLogic.com and amazon.
<br />
<br />So, I would talk with the teacher about this especially with the new section on nutrition coming up. If it were me, I would volunteer to teach a little segment to the kids about CF and how different people have different bodies and different needs. But, you might not be comfortable with this so just talking with the teacher will hopefully take care of it.
<br />
<br />The other important piece is to teach your little one about CF care and that some things about his body are different. At 4, he is old enough to understand this if presented simply. There are some good books for his age level which will help him to learn about CF and how to care for himself including his nutritional needs. Now is the perfect time to begin educating him about this.
<br />
<br />Good luck on this. My website has some ideas and tips for teaching the class if you need them. www.TipsForCFParents.com under School Issues.
<br />
<br />Take care, Lisa