An Australian mom says she was “lunch-shamed” after sending her son to school with chocolate milk in his lunchbox.
Constance Hall, a clothing designer, author and radio personality revealed on her show “The Queen Sesh” that her five-year-old son, Arlo, was told his lunch was not “healthy enough for recess” and was told to wait until lunchtime.
The 33-year-old says she was upset that her son was made to feel uncomfortable about the lunch she packed and that he was ordered to go without his mid-morning snack.
“So I said to the teacher, really? The options are that or juice and because he can’t have any bread or anything substantial I gave him the milk to line his tummy a bit because he’s probably hungry,” Hall told listeners.
Hall, who has four biological children and two step-children, says this isn’t the first time she’s been mom-shamed for her nutritional choices. According to Hall, her son has endured lectures from his teacher about his chocolate milk snack for three-months, with the teacher even reaching out to Hall to chastise her for sending Arlo to school with the “worst breakfast ever.”
“There are people like me who work full time and have six children that just sort of need things to go smoothly,” she said. “There are other mothers who cant even afford to do lunch orders and then for them to get shamed about what they’re giving the kid for recess, I just don’t like it.”
Hall says that parents shouldn’t be made to feel poorly about the choices they make regarding their children, especially since no one really knows the financial situation a family may be under.
“When I was at my lowest and I couldn’t even afford to do lunch orders and I had twin babies, newborn babies, I was living on my own, and I couldn’t even get to the supermarket,” Hall revealed. “Power to the people! Let them drink milk.”