Morning news 2010.01.20: Down with snacktime
Food writer Amanda Hesser said 'Bravo!' to Jennifer Steinhaeur for her essay in today's New York Times on snack food, and more pointedly, our parental addiction to the practice. "Of the many horrors that lurk in the e-mail in-box of a working parent ... nothing quite rivals the snack request," she writes. "Not a month goes by without someone somewhere asking me to serve up some snack for an event that one of my children will attend and that, generally speaking, will not last more than 90 minutes." Perhaps that opening line is a bit maudlin (umm, I can think of plenty of horrors worse), but she gets around to pointing out that kids eat too many snacks, they expect to eat too many snacks, and we organize around it! "Rarely do I see a parent show up on the soccer field with a homemade snack, or even a bag of carrots. Oreos are the post-game snack of choice, even in sports leagues dominated by upper-income parents." She suggests we could have kids bring their own snacks... or maybe no snacks? That last bit sounds right to me! I'm always amazed at the capacity of my children to eat awfully healthy food, when they haven't just filled up on fruit leather and cookies. No snacks it is.
On NPR, we learn that Army wives worry (a lot) (no, a LOT) while their husbands are at war. I've written about this and my husband hasn't even left for war (still, no orders). The study learns that military wives whose husbands have been deployed have a lot of anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders: but the support system for these problems isn't in place. I've noticed a distinct difference recently in the Army's approach to mental health; I think I have high hopes.