Have Your Say is a regular feature in which we take a tricky culinary nutrition situation and pass it to our readers for their advice. This week, we received a question from a woman named Anna about a sensitive issue she’s facing in her job as a nanny…
I work as a full-time nanny to a wonderful 3 1/2 year old boy. As per his parents’ request, I feed him mac ‘n’ cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, cookies and chocolate for snacks. I can see the effect this junk food has on his behaviour (tantrums, irritability, refusal to eat any fruits or vegetables, etc.) but I’m scared to broach this with his parents, a.k.a. my employers. How do I approach this? Should I bring up this issue with them, or continue to feed him according to their instructions? I care a ton about this kid and want him to feel his best, but I also don’t want to risk my relationship with his parents… or my job.
– Anna, Toronto
The only thing trickier than wrangling junk food away from your own kids is wrangling it away from other people’s kids. What do you think, Culinary Nutrition Experts, Culinary Nutrition Experts In-Training and readers everywhere?