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Honest Toddler’s Mom: Holiday School Craft

HN3859-001Last year there were eight children in my seven-year old’s class. Come holiday time each one got a handmade card and snowman-themed goodie bag sack. The night before distribution, my daughters and I sat at the kitchen table crafting the gifts. It was a wonderful bonding experience. The stuff memories that last a lifetime are made of.

As “O Holy Night” played in the background and the fireplace crackled behind us I thought, “Wow. I’m good at parenting.”

Days before, I had carefully planned out what we would be giving each child. These are her classmates. Her first friends. Sending them off to enjoy the holidays with a treat was my pleasure and privilege. I took my calling seriously.

Fast forward to this morning. The alarm on my iPhone began chirping at 6:30 am but I’d already been awake for 15 minutes. Lying in bed in a state of frozen semi panic it had started to sink in that I had let D-Day slip. This was the last day before holiday break.

As my kids shouted for breakfast I went into the garage and began to think, “What would MacGyver do if he had a Pinterest account?” With 17 kids to consider, I knew it would have to be easy and quick but at the same time make me look like an incredible mother.

I found candy canes, a large box of orange/lemon fruit snacks, and Easter candy that I’d hidden from the children months ago.

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“ I can make this work.”

The Easter candy was well within its expiration date but didn’t exactly scream “winter festivities.”

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“The animals in baby Jesus’ manger weren’t enchanted.They were regular so they had to eat something, right? Couldn’t it have been carrots? This is not Easter candy, these are Baby Jesus Marshmallow Christmas Carrots,” I reasoned.

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My subconscious gave me sideeye.

“You’re pushing it, Bunmi. You’re really pushing it now. Plus not everyone celebrates Christmas. Enough parents hate you for your aggressive school drop off driving, you don’t need more enemies.”

Then I had an idea. What if I tape the fruit snacks to the candy canes. Yes. It call came together in a flash of lightning and blue smoke. I can create a Snack Pack. A Holiday Snack Pack. I began to hear angels singing in my head and instantly I knew this was how Einstein felt when he stumbled upon the theory of relativity. I could feel the ghost of Nikola Tesla, the inventor of remote control and alternating current, patting me on the back. He whispered into my ear, “You are one of us now” and handed me a glowing yellow saber. Written on the side of the saber were the words: Good Inventing Brain.

I began to work feverishly in my lab (on the floor by the family room). It was all a blur but I was done before I knew it. Yes. Yes. People will know my name.

17 Candy Cane Fruit Snack Combo Packs: done.

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But wait. How will they know which parent masterminded this? Computer. I ran to my laptop and opened Microsoft Word. With the help of my Epson Printer I made labels with my daughter’s name on them. I chose a romantic font and used green text because red and green are holiday colors.

Using more tape, I affixed each label to the Candy Cane Fruit Snack Combo Packs.

Looking at them I just knew that I’d created the next Pinterest sensation.

“When the Ellen show calls, I’m going to act humble,” I decided.

Winter break has begun and I can’t help imagine how excited the schoolchildren must have been to see their Candy Cane Fruit Snack Combo Packs. Yes, some parents made cookies and individual sacks of hot chocolate with marshmallows that look like Rudolph but I didn’t see anything that came close to my level of craftsmanship.

To the children smiling and giggling while savoring the flavors of my creation I just want to say this:

You’re welcome and I love you. Merry Holidays. Love, Bunmi

Bumni Laditan writes the blog Honest Toddler. You can see more of her writing here.

(Images: getty, author’s own)

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  • Tauren Stiles

    I hate it when someone else gives my kids junk food. Thanks but NO THANKS. These kinds of gifts are not appreciated and set a bad precedent at school – often leaving the kids who didn’t bring treats for the class feeling bad. Please stop.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Srsly? A simple candy cane and a marshmallow and a fruit snack? SRSLY? You are acting like she bequeathed them all with a bag of Doritos and a Mountain Dew big gulp. You can just, you know, take these things away from your kid if you don’t want them to have them.

    • Jessica

      So you are saying that the Monster energy drinks and flaming Cheetos that I sent are not going to be appreciated at my daughter’s kindergarten party today?

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      No, because you didn’t send enough for the parents, you bitch.

    • Jessica

      I’m the room mom. I’ll be packing a flask if people want to share.

    • Bunny Lucia

      Can I join your daughter’s Kindergarten class? I think I failed sharing, so I might need to take Kindergarten again before they give me my Bachelors degree. Haha

    • Jessica

      Come on by! It’s only half day, so you can be home by lunch!

    • Zettai

      Every last day of school before the break there is always a holiday party or some other reason why kids are given junk food… like, it’s the holidays. If you don’t want your kid eating it then that’s something you and your child have to discuss… no one forces them to eat it.

    • Véronique Houde

      My one-year old just finished a chocolate glazed donut. This is officially an invitation to judge the HELL out of me. Please do. If your child was here, I would give her one too!!!

    • beth

      I sent cupcakes and candy bags today because yesterday was my daughters birthday but they had testing. Do I care that they were having their holiday party? No I did not. Plus I let all of them have ice cream cake for breakfast. So now they can judge me too!

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      3 ½ pound bag of candy, two packages of bakery cookies. with artificial dye.

    • Véronique Houde

      I’m making christmas butter cookies with candy cherries on top today. For my children. The one in my belly and the one that is not. Yup. It’s christmas bitches. Jesus told me that we must celebrate with sugar. If butter cookies had existed back in the day, fuck the incense and the mir, Mary and Joseph would have gotten cookies and candy instead.

    • Alicia Kiner

      My daughter’s birthday is tomorrow, but I sent cupcakes in yesterday so she could have a separate celebration from the holiday party. Her classmates LOVE having her in their class. They always get 2 days in a row before Christmas break to PARTY. :D

    • CMJ

      You sound fun.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      hahah I used your image, it called for it

    • CMJ

      Sanctifoodies are the new Sanctimommy.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      You need to make a new image

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter
    • Kay_Sue

      This is so stolen for my GIF collection. I may never actually use it, but I have a new mom on Facebook and I’m gonna look at it regularly and laugh evilly to myself.

    • Janok Place

      Man… you’re in the wrong place. I’m sure you could find some “Sugar-is-the-devil-and-gift-giving-children-are-all-that-is-wrong-and-unholy-with-the-world” websites. However, this is not one of those places. Sorry, maybe you took a wrong turn at Albuquerque.

    • TngldBlue

      I sent 5 dozen of the sugariest, junkiest, frosting covered, delicious sprinkled & glittered to death homemade cookies to my daughters class. Because Christmas.

    • Alicia Kiner

      So, I get annoyed when everywhere we go, people ask if my kids can have lollipops, but at school?! Before holidays?? Nope. It’s the holidays, it’s supposed to be fun. As long as your kids aren’t gorging on the stuff all day every day, it really shouldn’t hurt them.

    • NicknamesAreDull

      Is cocaine considered junk food? I just bought an 8 ball and was planning on giving it out to the kids. Please respond, I need to know!

    • kay

      is it organic and GMO free?

    • NicknamesAreDull

      No, I went for the cheap stuff :(

    • Zettai

      Then it’s just crack, which is definitely junk.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Listen stop being all cocaine judgey

    • SarahJesness

      Agreed. It’s a holiday, a little of the bad stuff once in a while won’t kill ya!

    • Lee

      Tis the season to be merry! Troll-la-la-la, la la la la!

    • Christine

      Bless your heart.

    • elle

      Look I’ll be honest here: normally I’m a food freak and my son gets next to no sugar and basically the only treats he gets are cheddar bunnies and every time my sis gives her toddler drinks of her soda I die a little but come on! It’s the holidays it’s to be expected! So when my son comes home from day care with treats I put them aside and let him a little bit. I consider it teaching him moderation. You just need to accept that holiday parties with treats are going to happen, and that sometimes you have to let them have fun and eat the cookie.

    • SarahJesness

      Then talk to the teacher or the daycare person or whatever. Holiday parties are common and unless you say something beforehand, your kids will be getting candy on Halloween and Christmas.

  • TheGiantPeach

    I LOVE these Honest Toddler posts! Please keep them coming!

  • AW

    Wow. just Wow. I applaud your resourcefulness! I have to ask, (in a totally non-snarky way) why do you do this? Is this like a pre-planned holiday party where the kids are expected to bring gifts for everyone? Or is it just understood that parents are supposed to make stuff to bring for the class?

    I only ask because this is now my nightmare. That ALL the parents at my daughters daycare will bring holiday treats on Monday (our last day) and my little pumpkin will have the only mommy who didn’t tape snack packs together. Because, frankly, up till this moment I didn’t realize I was supposed to.

    • Jessica

      I have seen this work out a variety of ways, having put 2 kids through daycare. If they did not ask you for snacks, I would not worry about it. I would also skip the gift at this point. Over the years we did have a few gifts come home, like a pencil or some stickers, or maybe one of those party favor bags. Nothing major and nothing I lost sleep over not reciprocating. Your child will be completely oblivious to who brought stuff and who didn’t!

  • Ali_Oop

    “When the Ellen show calls, I’m going to act humble,” I decided.

    I died when I read that. I love Honest Toddler. These articles are so hilarious.

  • Tauren Stiles

    So said all the nutritionally neglectful overweight moms with mouths full of cavities. You are all ignorant. Sugar is toxic to the body and causes all kinds of problems. One little gift x 17 kids is a lot of crap. Poison your own kids if you want. Keep the junk out of school.

    • Kay_Sue

      Well. You are a ray of sunshine, my friend.

    • NicknamesAreDull

      Sunshine causes cancer! THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

    • CMJ

      Well, obviously, over here in our overweight moms/sugar death poison club we don’t ever think of the children.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Overweight Moms SugarDeath Poison Club ™ forever

    • Kay_Sue

      Can we have jackets? I’m gonna be honest and say my friends IRL would find that really, really, really ironic if I had a jacket with that emblazoned on the back.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Here ya go..

    • break_time

      Aw yisss…

    • Snarktopus

      Can I have a jacket even if I can’t have a lot of sugar? I’m still overweight and totally into death poison.

    • Bunny Lucia

      I know, I hate sugar and I’m not a mom. But can I be an Overweight Aunt’s Sugar Death Poison Club member?

    • Kay_Sue

      We should definitely avoid sending sunshine to school, then. Thank you, NicknamesAreDull, for helping me see the light.

      Shameless pun totally intended because it is naptime and I am bored.

    • CMJ

      I repeat – you sound fun.

    • NicknamesAreDull

      Trader Joe’s has some pretty cheap wine. I’ll bring that instead of candy! It’s just fun grape juice, and you don’t need to chew it- since all our teeth are rotted out!

    • Mystik Spiral

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    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Listen up, my bad teeth are NOT from sugar, they are from meth, so stop JUDGING MEEEEEEE

    • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

      You seriously made a disqus account so you could come here and sugar-shame everyone? Methinks you need a new hobby.

    • Lee

      Berating women on a website for giving their kid a cookie is toxic to the mind, lady. It’s a slippery slope. First you are here making nasty comments, next thing you know your children are sneak eating candy and cookies constantly because you have made it so taboo.

    • AP

      I had a dear friend in middle school whose mom sounded exactly like you. Know what she’d do? Wander down the street to my house and binge on the “unhealthy” snacks she wasn’t allowed at home: Goldfish, American and mozzarella cheese, cookies, 1% milk, pretzels,, crackers.

      You don’t even WANT to know what that girl got into once she was old enough to be allowed to go further than 4 houses down the street, or what happened after she turned 18.

    • NicknamesAreDull

      Did she become a stripper? Because my parents raised me to be a vegan (primarily) and I was a stripper for a bit.

    • Bunny Lucia

      I think you’re my new hero.

      On the subject of this:
      Out of all the kids I knew the ones with the least strict parents partied throughout high school then cleaned up their act and went to college, the most strict parents ended up with children who were so sheltered that they become these really sad, unstable adults who really can’t take care of themselves.

    • NicknamesAreDull

      My mom wasn’t controlling at all with any of the other aspects of my life, except for my diet. She was super supportive when I decided to take my clothes off for money. In fact, she has a scrapbook that has pictures of all the “first days”, and there’s a picture of me with clothes drawn on (I guess she didn’t want everyone to think I was a nurse with some dress code violations) So I have a mix of calculated rebellion, youthful shenanigans and helplessness (mainly dealing with bodily fluids.)

      I’d like to think that I was a stripper because I didn’t have bacon until I was 15.

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

      Someone needs a coooookie!

    • Véronique Houde

      OMG I WANTED TO SAY THAT!! MARIA YOU STOLE MY LINE!!!!!!

    • Bunmi/Author/Fattie

      You make serious points. While I can assure you that I do not have any cavities (my mom is a dentist and I’m a pro flosser), I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a good 20-25lbs to lose. Since my six month old was born I’ve dropped 30 but I have a long way to go if I’m to reach MILF status. I mean, what is my worth as a woman if people don’t look at me and nstantly think: “Penatration.” ?? Besides, the Mayo Clinic (there I go thinking about food again “mayo”) just came out with a study on how much happier thin people are thicky thicks.

      I applaud your honesty and bravery for calling me out on my gluttony. You sound smart: Can you put together a weight loss plan with work out routine for me? Email me at bunmi.laditan @gmail with your wisdom. I’ll sit on my hands so I don’t eat while I’m waiting. You know me. Merry Holidays!

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

      I didn’t think I could love you any more. I was wrong.

    • Lolly Kay

      Bunmi, second time this week you’ve cause me to spit out Diet Dr. Pepper while reading something of yours. Your snark is legendary.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      THAT BETTER BE DIET

    • Lolly Kay

      Damn it – you got me! I lied – it’s actually Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash. I’m such a fatass.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Get it girl

    • Bunny Lucia

      GOOD. DON’T DO DIET. DIET CAUSES CANCER!

    • TngldBlue

      I think I love you.

    • Natasha B

      Can I just put like 1600 rows of hearts here?!
      ‘Penetration’

    • JLH1986

      For realz…can we be friends? IRL?

    • FF4life

      Sugar is poison. Formula is poison. Rat position is poison….. Is there ANYTHING I’m allowed to feed my kid without guilt anymore?

    • Andrea

      Air. Your kid can have air. And breast milk. That’s it.

  • Kay_Sue

    Why does MacGyver not have a Pinterest account? I would follow the shit out of him.

    Also, it would be great if Honest Toddler stopped harping on the Sudden Infant Syndrome. I have not had my toddler’s feet in my ribs for so many nights straight since he was in utero…… ;)

  • Candace Nault

    What would McGyver do if he had a Pinterest account? LOL!!!

  • Sam

    Oranges/citrus and orange/citrus flavored things are totally seasonal anyway. Good work!

  • SillyMama

    As a parent who has several diabetic relatives, yes, I do have a problem with the junk food. I appreciate the blog and think it is funny too though. I just wish people would bring more fruit and healthy snacks for the kids. It’s hard to tell your diabetic nephew that everyone else gets bags of junk and he gets the snacks I had to pack for him because I knew he wouldn’t be able to eat anything else. My son also came home from one of these holiday parties sick with a headache and throwing up from too much junk. I can see how some parents would have issue with this. Like I said though… Honest Toddler and anything else written by Bimni are my favorite to read.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      I have 4 kids of varying ages in school. I have never been to a class party where they also didn’t have veggies and cut up fruit. I have been to roughly a gazillion school parties. Kids with diabetes can have candy on occasion. If it’s part of a balanced diet and managed. A damn candy cane is not going to make a diabetic kid die. Plus, have you ever known a kid to EVER finish a candy cane? This has NEVER happened in the history of candy cane consumption. Kids eat half of it and hand that sticky mess to an adult and expect them to deal with it.

    • SillyMama

      I’m a teacher, parent and cub scout leader. I have seen a child go into a diabetic comma at a holiday party. Yes, it can be dangerous. I guess since the kid didn’t die then why not load them up. And I have seen plenty of kids eat entire candy canes. lol. I’m concerned that more parents don’t see this as an issue. And sure you can tell a five year old to not eat the candy, but isn’t it more effective to ask the grownups to cut it out?

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      The child did not go into a diabetic coma because they ate too much sugar at a party. There HAD to have been other reasons, including dehydration or the fact that there blood sugar was severely out of control prior to that, or they missed insulin or were severely sick

    • SillyMama

      P.S. Feed your kids all the crap you want but stop giving to my kid!

    • NicknamesAreDull

      How are they supposed to learn or practice self control if it’s always kept away from them? My child can’t have food with high fat. Her body does not digest it properly. Do you know what happens when your body doesn’t absorb fat properly? It’s awful. It’s hell for her. My daughter is 7. She knows that she can’t eat the things her friends do, and she has since the issues started. I have never expected the majority of kids to cater to my daughter’s issues.

      It’s more effective to teach your child WHY they can’t have something and teach them that the world won’t cater to their dietary needs, so don’t grow up and binge on the crap they shouldn’t be eating.

    • SillyMama

      We are obviously not going to see eye to eye and I got better things to do. I’m heading off to my son’s holiday party at school. No hard feelings. It’s been enlightening. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    • Véronique Houde

      Have a cupcake while you’re there! It might cheer you up!

    • Véronique Houde

      I think you should refocus and tell your kid to stop ACCEPTING said candy instead of shitting on an internet stranger that will never actually interact with your kid.

    • Snarktopus

      I’m diabetic. You learn to live with the fact that you can’t do exactly what everyone else was doing. If that kid went into a diabetic coma at the holiday party, it was NOT because of what they ate at the party. Coma takes MONTHS of RIDICULOULY high blood sugars to come on. And really, kid’s gonna be diabetic for the rest of his or her life, so they need to start learning how to deal with food and the fact that candy is a sometimes food that has to be regulated.

    • SillyMama

      Your right. My nephew doesn’t eat too much fruit and there is an entire list of other things he shouldn’t eat. He does need to start learning. And he is a type one. The kid at the party did have a sugar overdose brought on by the food at the party which was diagnosed by a doctor. I am not a doctor and am only relating what was in the report brought to the school by the parent.

      How do we expect our kids to know what is okay to eat when the adults keep telling them it’s okay to eat junk? They set the example by bringing junk into the classrooms. If you want to eat that stuff at home fine, but it has no place in school.

    • Mystik Spiral

      “The kid at the party did have a sugar overdose brought on by the food at the party which was diagnosed by a doctor.”

      Was it a “sugar overdose” or was it a diabetic coma? Because if you say (again) diabetic coma… Bull. Fucking. Shit.

      “How do we expect our kids to know what is okay to eat when the adults
      keep telling them it’s okay to eat junk? They set the example by
      bringing junk into the classrooms.”

      So you’re saying the parents who bring treats into class are more effective at parenting your kid than you are? Probably not something I’d admit to, but OK…

      Parenting 101 by Mystik Spiral (childfree):
      Session 1 – my kid can’t eat _________

      1. If your kid cannot eat certain foods, have conversations with them about it before they are in a situation where they will have access to said foods.

      2. Explain to your kid that s/he cannot eat all the same foods that their friends eat. Go over multiple examples of okay foods and not-okay foods.

      3. Remind your kid that even when there’s a party at school, they always have to be mindful of what they are eating.

      4. Let them know that if they are unsure whether a certain treat is safe, ask an adult. If the treat is not okay for them to eat, they can have the snack you packed for them instead.

      5. Tell them the consequences of eating the foods you have discussed. Maybe if your kid knows they will get sick if they have 17 cookies, they will stay away from the cookies.

      You’re welcome.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Thank you for once again illustrating one of my fave points to make: The childfree sometimes know a fuckton more about parenting than actual parents

    • Snarktopus

      A sugar overdose and a diabetic coma are not the same. A massive spike in blood sugar could conceivably knock a kid out. One day of too many snacks will not send you into a diabetic coma unless you fail to treat it or don’t give insulin for days/weeks. Not proud to admit it, but I’ve gone a forty-eight hour period with no insulin and did not go comatose. Now, obviously all diabetics are different, but there is no scientific way that a holiday party would send anyone into a coma.

    • Véronique Houde

      It’s called moderation. And having a brain, which most kids have. If you teach kids that all junk = bad, then they will turn out developing an eating disorder. All nutritionists will tell you that junk in moderation is totally ok.

      I hate the argument: there’s a diabetic in the class so NO ONE should eat a cupcake. Come on. The diabetic person will have to learn throughout their life that they can’t have the sugar that most have. Do you expect them to go into work at 30, protest at pizza fridays, and put up a fight that no one should be eating junk because it’s not fair to him?

      Life moves on.

    • JLH1986

      Sadly…I think that’s likely to happen.

    • JLH1986

      My parents told me it was ok to eat junk food “once in a while”. So most of the time I got fruit/veggies etc. but at birthday parties, school parties, holiday parties with family, I was allowed to eat that garbage because I wasn’t eating all the time elsewhere. Moderation.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Besides, srsly, “I’m a teacher, parent and cub scout leader.” This makes you the expert on what? I’m a parent, editor, and bitchface, does this make ME a doctor?

    • SillyMama

      “I’m a teacher, parent and cub scout leader” was a response to your, “I have 4 kids of varying ages in school.and “have been to roughly a gazillion school parties.”

    • Mystik Spiral

      But Eve’s anecdote had a point.

    • Mystik Spiral

      If every parent catered to every possible allergy/food sensitivity/medical issue that could happen, you know what would be left? Dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, peanut-free, nut-free, sugar-free, fat-free, meat-free piles of crap, that’s what.

      If your kid has special dietary needs, it’s YOUR job to teach them what they can & can’t eat, as well as the consequences of eating something they shouldn’t. If you can’t/aren’t willing to be a parent, don’t fucking have kids.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      BOOM

    • SillyMama

      I’m not asking the parents to cater. I’m asking them to stop bringing food to school period. Or to bring it in for their kid only. I’ve taught my son very well what to eat. I am an extremely good parent thank you very much. I am sure you are too because you are so passionate about this topic.

    • Mystik Spiral

      Parents are going to bring treats to school as long as parents and schools exist. The universe doesn’t revolve around you and your snowflake, get over it.

      PS – I don’t have kids. Thanks to some of these comments, I have yet another reason why to add to my list.

    • Véronique Houde

      what you just named is called AIR.

    • JLH1986

      I get this. But I also think that teaching kids how to say no to things they shouldn’t eat should still be the priority. The cookie lady post set people off because of kids with allergies etc. etc. I get it I do, some kids are young, they are kids and are going to test boundaries. But at the same time those kids can’t always expect to never be tempted. So teach the kids to say no and be the parent who sends fruit/veggie/gluten/dairy free food. Or since you’re a teacher bring something like that.

    • FF4life

      As a kid I actually had a sophisticated method for candy canes. First id start with the long end and suck it down until it was a sharp and dangerous weapon.. Then I would bite that shit down until I had a U. The U would go in my mouth and I had candy dentures……

      I’m 27. I still do this.

    • NicknamesAreDull

      My daughter has food sensitivities. It’s not easy telling her that she has to be careful around certain foods, it’s not easy dealing with her tears because she can’t have pizza at the pizza party, or explaining why she can’t have a happy meal but it’s my job. It’s my job to explain that she can’t have stuff, why she can’t and instill good eating habits. It’s not my job to police what other people bring because of my daughter. It’s my job to make sure my daughter has what she can eat.

    • SillyMama

      I agree that kids need to be taught about making the right food choices. He is very young though and still learning. It just makes it more difficult when the grown ups are saying, “eat the junk food. It’s okay. It won’t hurt you. They should know better.

    • Mystik Spiral

      “the grown ups are saying, “eat the junk food. It’s okay. It won’t hurt you.”

      What grownups are saying this? Aren’t most teachers aware of dietary restrictions of the kids in their class? A teacher who knows a child is diabetic isn’t going to be telling them that it’s OK to eat a candy cane. What world do you live in?

    • Juliette

      The teacher may not be the one supervising the snacks at the party; it could be a parent who doesn’t know about the dietary restrictions. When a little kid comes up asking “can I eat that?” Of course the mom is going to say yes- it’s a party. She didn’t know the kid was actually asking “is it safe for me -a diabetic or celiac or whatever- to eat that?”

  • Emma Lewis

    this one is for all the HIMYM fans, http://bit.ly/Ends-HIMYM :(

  • Sarah M.

    Well, since there are so many people who are all “Oh, don’t give my kids sugar/preservatives/chemicals/cocaine”, how about all of you moms stop sending in cookies and cupcakes? How about, instead, you send in something non-food, like whistles, or kazoos. Something nice and noisy from the dollar store. Everybody loves when their six year old comes home with 20 kazoos! And most of the kids won’t eat them (the kids who aren’t allowed to have sugar/preservatives/chemicals/cocaine may eat them, they probably taste the same as what they are allowed to eat)

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  • MomofZs

    This was hilarious. The banter from the nutrition ‘experts’ was even funnier. I have never eaten a cupcake lollipop or candy cane at any school holiday or birthday event. Yet everyone else did and guess what, I’m good. My children have the same experience. Dietary and religious restrictions keep them from participating but I would never ask that the other children be deprived of their celebrations because they aren’t my family’s celebration.
    However, I do agree with schools banning certain food items that can cause severe allergic reactions like nuts and dairy. You can’t always tell if an item has a nut or nut oil in it. But you know candy has sugar and if you are diabetic, you know what your body can and can’t take. Teach your kids that life isn’t always fair but you can always make the most of it.

  • Armchair Observer

    Wait a sec, where are classes that small and how soon can I move there?!?

    • Faith Surhar

      EXACTLY what I was thinking!!!