A debate has broken out about adding sugar to cereal
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A woman has divided opinion after complaining that her four-year-old had sugar sprinkled on his cereal at his school's breakfast club.
The anonymous woman said she was "so cross" after discovering that a worker at the breakfast club was adding it to his Shreddies.
She asked for advice from fellow Mumsnet users after revealing that she'd previously had words with the club after discovering that her son was eating Coco Pops.
The woman asked Mumsnet users whether her stance was unreasonable and people were divided.
She wrote: "Ds age 4 started school (reception) in September.
"He goes to breakfast club 4 days a week. He loves cereal and is a very good eater all round.
The four-year-old asked for sugar on his Shreddies
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"We allow treats such as biscuits, cakes and macds etc in moderation.
"At the weekend I gave him a bowl of shreddies and he asked me "will you put the white sprinkles on like Mrs X, it tastes better".
"First thought was that they were getting frosted shreddies, second that school maybe are putting sugar on.
"Surely not to either! Yesterday I dropped him off and had chat with breakfast club leader.
"Asked her if it was possible and she said no but I will check with Mrs X just in case.
The mum had previously discovered that her son was having Coco Pops
"This morning the leader was sheepish. I asked if they discussed it and she said "yes, Mrs X has a child here who has sugar on their breakfast so I think she just automatically does it.
"Its difficult because most children prefer it but if you don't want him to have it you need to just make us aware."
"What the actual eff… I am so cross. "
She then asked fellow Mumsnet users what she should do.
She added: "I've had to have words already prior to this as I found out he was choosing coco pops (i allow them 1 day a week and the healthier options the other 3 days!)."
Her post received some divided opinions.
One user agreed, adding: "That's really awful. 'It's difficult because most children prefer it'!? Of course they do! It's sugar!
"I would make a formal complaint, for the sake of ALL the children. Most the parents still probably don't know.
"I'd probably also share it amongst the parent WhatsApp group if you have it just to give others a heads up."
But another baffled user replied: "Wow… poor woman. People’s reactions are as though this is an abnormal thing to do.
"Putting a small sprinkle of sugar on cereal is a perfectly normal thing to do. Just ask them to stop."
A third agreed, joking: "Jesus chill out it's a bit of sugar not cocaine. Ask them not to do it again. The End."
A fourth urged the mum to take action, commenting: "My children must have been severely neglected as we don't have sugar.
"The only time I've ever bought it was for when we had builders in. I cooked with my DC and didn't bake – so shoot me.
"I'm not a sugar banning freak. DC had biscuits or bought cakes etc.
"I don't know anyone who puts sugar on cereal, it's already sweet.
"I can get maybe a bit of jam or honey in porridge for kids but actual sugar? Tell them to stop."