Cupcake Wars at School
At pre-school, there are three approved “treats” for birthdays: Jello, soft pretzels and popcorn. The times I have celebrated my own birthday with any of these three things: exactly zero. Oh, to be a kid today. Or, a parent that really wants to bring anything remotely laden with sugar.
During Christmas, my daughter and her father went to a gingerbread house workshop. Like every bakery, this place was overflowing with chocolate chips, sprinkled sugar, and dough. It smelled heavenly. On this day, there were large cups filled with the kinds of things you are most definitely never supposed to give your children anymore: M & M’s, butterscotch, marshmallows, Hershey kisses, gummy bears and peppermints. I stopped for a moment to talk to the owner about her hard work and she said to me, brushing the “work” part off: “My life is filled with sugar and it’s amazing.”
In many places, that’s kind of a political statement. Take the bakery owner out of the bakery and put her near one of our kids and she would probably be committed.
Why hello, cupcake wars, it’s nice to meet you.
Yes, there is a show of the same name, but what I’m referring to is the onslaught of banning cupcakes and brownies and the mini donut holes that make children go bananas from classrooms. And what are they being replaced by? Celery. Or, if someone has a creative streak and a little time, fruit art.
Approved food lists because of allergies are a completely different story. For an increasing number of children, certain foods are dangerous. I get that and I also accept it. When there isn’t an allergy involved? Sugar is fun, it’s delicious and I’m bringing it.
One of the lamest things I have ever heard (and that I used to – for a brief time – believe) is that food should not be used as a celebration. I’ve also been told to have my child avoid Cheerios because they are not-so-secret sugar pushers.
Please. That’s just ridiculous. When the opportunity arises for a full on sugar coma, Cheerios is the last thing I am thinking about. Let’s get it on Ben AND Jerry.
Moderation is key and fruit and veggies are fabulous, but so is sugar which is exactly why I blew past the “approved” list and brought donut holes into pre-school. Rules, at least to me, are more like guidelines especially if no one is danger (there were no allergies). The only thing in danger was probably my good reputation, but I lost that years ago so it wasn’t really a threat.
Channeling headless Marie, I say: Let them eat cake!
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