Yes it is a headline - Government going to ban packed lunches.
But take a further look and it is just a suggestion, just someone looking at getting people to react. And it is certainly working.
I heard a very sensible Head Teacher on the radio this morning saying that banning packed lunches just wouldn't be practical and that that the government could not get away with doing so.
Actually what has happened is a report commissioned by the government has made a recommendation based on information and research that the authors had conducted showing that packed lunches are nearly always less healthy than packed lunches.
I know many people whose children have packed lunches for a number of reasons including Pippa's BB who has Diabetes and this make sure that Pippa is aware of his carbohydrate levels for medical reasons. Other people chose to give their children packed lunches due to fussy eating, allergies or for financial reasons. The fact is it is their choice and there is no way the government will remove this choice.
I also feel that there is nothing wrong is highlighting the the fact that school dinners are a good option for children at school. That they have come on in leaps and bounds and are tasty and nutritionally balanced.
This is an example of the meals at my sons' school., They cost me £2 per child per day and I think they are great, as do the boys.
Not everyone's pack lunches are as balanced or appealing as Pippa's from A mothers ramblings, in fact I would say that she is very unusual in spending as much time and effort on her childrens lunches.
An example of Pippa's lunches
So what I want to say is please do not jump to a conclusion based on a sensationalist headline in the news.
There is nothing wrong in trying to educate parents on what consists a healthy packed lunch. I know children who go to school with jam on white bread, a packet of crisps and a biscuit. There is a whole generation of people who did not have home economic lessons and do not know what they should and should not put in school packed lunches.
Jamie Oliver started a revolution to improve school dinners, it is only right that packed lunches get the same attention and that they are improved too.