Please help answer the question here or over at Lunch with Mrs. Q…. And I’ll be chilling out there to chat with you on Sunday night sometime after 8:30 pm CST
First, make sure to praise your daughter for a job well done. That’s why she got the reward and it needs to be acknowledged (I’d love to know how she helped in the lunchroom).
Then reinforce to her that cookies are for eating after lunch. I wonder if she didn’t have time to eat the sandwich. That’s the problem with food rewards for children: they typically eat them before healthy foods.
It’s worth a discussion with the classroom teacher. Ask about the food reward policy. Make sure that the classroom teacher is aware that your daughter didn’t have the opportunity to eat the lunch you packed. Depending on how you feel about your child’s school and how open it is, you could stop by the cafeteria and chat about the food reward system. Chocolate milk and TWO cookies seems excessive considering the short amount of time most schools allocate towards lunchtime (at home I typically limit myself to two cookies after dinner, but we eat dinner at a leisurely pace and then have ample time for dessert — it’s not the rush, rush of a school cafeteria). What kind of heavy lifting did she do?
Stickers are much better rewards for kids and in this case could be cheaper (although the cookies and milk are subsidized by the government). Maybe the PTA could subsidize the reward system in the cafeteria by providing some excellent stickers (like the large ones at the doctor’s office). The great thing about stickers is that they last all day and can be shown off long after lunchtime is over.
What are your thoughts?