Australian mother "shamed" for packing five Tiny Teddies inside son's lunchbox

Chanel said she felt shamed by the kindergarten and its "extreme" reaction.
Chanel said she felt shamed by the kindergarten and its "extreme" reaction. Photo credit: Arnotts/Countdown.

An Australian single mother has been "shamed" for packing five tiny teddies into her son's lunchbox. 

The mother from Glenelg, Adelaide, only known as Chanel, was sent a letter from her four-year-old son's kindergarten on Friday after she packed five tiny teddies in her child's lunch box.

Tiny Teddies are a popular Arnott's biscuit made for kids. Each pack contains 13 tiny teddies and are available in seven flavours.

In the kindergarten biscuits are not allowed during "fruit time". Children are permitted to eat cheese, dried fruit or two fruits and vegetables.

Chanel said she packs a healthy lunch for her son every day and she gave the biscuits as a one-time treat, to fill out a "tiny little sweet suction." 

"I opened the packet, popped five into his lunchbox and ate the rest - because I know I’m not supposed to send big quantities of sweets," Chanel told 7News.

She said it was "literally five tiny teddies" before she got a letter home.

Chanel said she felt shamed by the kindergarten and its "extreme" reaction.

"It’s hard enough being a single parent without some ‘mum in the sky’ telling you how to feed your child."

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