15 Food-Free Ideas For Classroom Rewards

15 Fun & Food-Free Ideas For Classroom Rewards -- Real Mom Nutrition

Last week, a mom wrote to me with a problem: At curriculum night, her son’s fifth grade teachers announced that students would be given soda as a weekly reward for good behavior. This mom was (understandably) upset. But she didn’t know what to do. She was worried about speaking up, worried about her son being pegged as “the boy with…

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What This Food Allergy Mom Wants You To Know

What This Food Allergy Mom Wants You To Know

This post was originally published a few years ago, but I felt it was so important I wanted to bring it back. It was inspired by an incident at my school, when a teacher asked parents not to bring outside goodies for Valentine’s Day because of kids with food allergies–but some parents sent in candy…

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8 Healthy Treats for Classroom Halloween Parties

Healthy Treats for Classroom Halloween Parties

I’m a purist when it comes to trick-or-treating: I pass out chocolate and let my kids have free reign over their stashes (read: “How I Handle Halloween Candy Craziness“). But I think it makes sense to dial it back for classroom Halloween parties. Most kids already haul in loads of sugar from trick or treating. At my children’s…

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School Wellness: 3 Ways To Get Involved This Year

School is starting in the next few weeks. Are there are changes you’d like to see in your child’s school, like less sugar in the classroom or more events that get kids moving? If so, make this the year you get involved! Here are three ways to jump in: 1. Attend PTA meetings. It’s the very best way to know…

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We Ate Junk Food And Turned Out Just Fine…Right?

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When I talk to people about soccer snacks or class parties or more recently, candy Valentines (read: “I Have No Love for Candy Valentines“), the discussion invariably turns to how how things were when we were kids: “But we had class parties, ate candy, and washed down birthday cupcakes with cherry Kool-Aid. And we turned…

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