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Overbearing Parents, Let Your Kid Eat Lunch At School With Their Friends

by | December 4, 2018

The school cafeteria is the epicenter of social stardom, where friendships are made, social status confirmed, and now, where parents are increasingly elbowing their way into, in order to muscle in on the time when your kid should eat lunch at school with their friends. 

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Parents, I get it, I understand, they are growing up so darn quickly, and you want to experience everything with them, but what next? joining them on their first date, or study classes, in order to experience it all? 

A new head-scratcher hit the parenting vines today from 
The Atlantic, titled, “The Controversy Over Parents Who Eat Lunch With Their Children At School.” The subhead goes on to say, “Schools claim it’s disruptive for parents to eat in the cafeteria. But parents crave the quality time, and some say it’s a good thing for them to be involved with their kids’ place of learning.”

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It explains that parents joining their children became so frequent and disruptive, that a school in Connecticut had to outright ban it, with over the top responses from parents about it being a ‘punch in the gut’. As much as I love my kids, I honestly couldn’t imagine going into their school, and sitting awkwardly with them and their friends talking about ‘OMG, did John totally look at your in math? he so totally did’, and not want to roll my eyeballs straight out of my head. 

Another complaint was a parent who bought pizza for their child’s friends, in an effort to be the cool parent, and buy their daughter’s friendships while excluding some kids from the pizza parties. Or the parent who said their son wouldn’t eat lunch at school, if it wasn’t homemade and hot for him. 

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While everyone’s parenting is different, I shudder to think what my own mother in the 80’s would have said if I explained that eating something prepared that morning and not quite to the temperature or organic-ness wouldn’t suffice. After she stopped laughing, which would probably have been five years later, it would be the ‘tough, this is your lunch, eat it, don’t eat it, but this is it’. I think we all should let our kids eat lunch at school in peace. 

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The Importance of Letting Your Kid Eat Lunch at School With Their Peers

Your kid is learning social skills, which otherwise wouldn’t be learned if mommy and daddy are sitting there cutting their sandwiches into perfectly shaped triangles and asking how their day is going. Embarrassing, awkward social skills are important, and frankly. Sitting there, you’re not making it any better. 

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They are missing out on crucial bonding time with their friends. If you’re expecting them to engage with the teachers, work hard, and study for the rest of the day. When exactly do they get to catch up with their friends, gossip about teenage life, and generally just relax. They are always surrounded by an adult. 

Letting your child eat lunch alone at school isn’t being a neglectful parent, it’s allowing them to have independence. If they want to pick their own lunch from the questionable array the school offers up, or to snack at candy and realize it was a mistake at 3pm when they are starving, and learn from those mistakes. 

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Mayuri Rajvanshi

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