My preschool kids struggle because they're hungry. I know how that feels

Monday, April 1, 2019

OPINION: I don't think people know how bad it is not to have food. How bad it is to go to sleep at night, hungry, and dream of this beautiful food.

When I was a little girl I dreamed of cream cakes. Often, I hadn't had anything to eat for the whole day. I tried to keep busy. I'd do other kids' homework for some of their lunch. I remember it was so yummy: bread, and a piece of beetroot, and sometimes a delicious piece of meat. But there were days when I stole the food out of other lunch boxes, because I was so hungry I just couldn't stop it.

So my heart broke when I noticed a child stealing another's lunch at the early childhood centre I run. I know some of our kids arrive hungry. It's clear in their behaviour. Some get mad, biting and fighting. Some go quiet. That was the case with one little boy, who had retreated to the couch feeling sick. The next thing he fainted. We were so worried. We called his mum - and found that neither of them had eaten anything that day. We fed them both, and she just cried.

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