Another thread got me thinking about kids and snacks. When I was growing up my organized activities didn't include snacks.
My mom didn't carry food or drink with her for us after age 2. If we were out and hungry, we had to suck it up until the next meal. We would have an afterschool snack. After kindergarten I didn't have snack at school. The only time I remember having a snack at organized activities was girl scouts. Juice and cookies usually.
It was expected that I would have food and drink on me wherever we went - the park, errands really anywhere. I would get the side-eye from the perfect mommies because I gave them water. I didn't serve juice because of the sticky factor. Mommy and Me had snacks. Gymnastics had snacks. Soccer and t-ball had snacks. Some were served and others I provided. I was expected to send a snack in until 6th grade.
What's the deal? Do kids need all this nourishment or are we giving them too many opportunities to eat? Do other parents think the snack thing is out of control? Is it different than when you grew up?
*edit to add I am talking about any foods, whether considered junk food, treats, fruits - anything.