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Poll: Should Toys Be Banned from Happy Meals?

Friday, November 12th, 2010

San Francisco became the first city in America to approve the banning  of toys from kids’ meals at fast food chains. While the proposed law won’t be in effect until 2011 and could still be vetoed by the mayor, some parents and nutritionists see this as an important step to curbing obesity in children.  Some, however, see it as an unnecessary way for government to intervene in personal, parental choices.

Even though kids’ meals (or “happy meals”) have started including healthier options such as fruit, juice, yogurt, and milk, most meal options are still unhealthy. The proposed ban wants to remove all toys from kids’ meal options with over 600 calories so kids are less likely to be drawn to the food because of the slick toys.  Given the recent discovery that food from a McDonalds Happy Meal doesn’t change even after six months, the proposed ban may not be such a bad idea after all.  As a parent, what is your opinion?

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Should Silly Bandz Be Banned from School?

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Silly Bandz Sea CreaturesMommy blogger Dr. Wendy Walsh at MomLogic.com was recently shocked with bad news: Her child’s elementary school officially banned silly bandz.  Across the nation, the fun-shaped rubber bracelets have become contraband after proving to be a constant distraction and source of conflict in elementary and middle schools.  Instead of paying attention in classes, young kids are flinging and filching silly bandz or fidgeting and fighting over them. 

Some parents see the confiscation of silly bandz as a welcome way to refocus students’ attention on the teacher instead of on trading with other students.  Other parents believe schools may be going too far in stifling student’s creativity and “freedom of expression” (Time.com).  For now, though, some schools are adamant about keeping silly bandz out of sight and, hopefully, out of mind.  Maybe one day, silly bandz will be forgotten like pogs (remember those?) that were once popular years ago.

As a parent, do you support the banning of silly bandz?  Has your children’s school banned them?

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