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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-27-09 01:51 PM
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158. That's fine in theory. In practice, we're talking about children, not livestock.
If you "fail" in your responsibility on Thursday, that kid still needs to eat. You may fix it on Friday but that doesn't really help the kid on Thursday. That's when the community needs to step up -- remember, that whole "it takes a village" idea? This is that idea.

And frankly, I'd rather your kid get that lunch and do well and stay in school so that in five years, I don't have to call the cops because some dropout is stealing tools out of my garage. Calling the cops (a socialized service, too!) is much more expensive than that lunch would have been in the first place.

I think the difference in our viewpoints is to you, that lunch signifies some kind of parental failure first. To me, it first signifies filling a kid's need when the need arises and must be met in order for that kid to be in a safe enough environment.

I have no trouble with the idea that you feed the kid and deal with parents separately. But, I'd handle other stuff in the same way. If my ex dropped my kids off on Sunday night with fistfuls of candy and they were sugared up and climbing the walls, I'd deal with it and later, give HIM hell for putting them (and me) in that situation.

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