It’s a familiar tale. For the first time in his life, your child has a small amount of money to spend on whatever he wants, and, although our primary schools have stopped selling a lot of the unhealthy snacks and beverages that you grew up with – for instance, potato chips and soft drinks – he still ends up buying the types of food you’d rather he avoided.
But the last thing you want is to ban him from buying anything at all during recess. After all, you don’t want to deprive him of the opportunity to be independent by learning to wait in line at the stall, order food for himself and make his own food choices.
You can start guiding him to make better decisions by teaching him how to distinguish healthy snacks from unhealthy ones.