Cupcakes have become Public Enemy #1.
Every news outlet is talking about it. School districts all over the country are asking parents to not bring cupcakes or other sugary sweets to school for their child's birthday or other class parties. My own district took this on several years ago. They even sponsored a poster contest to get everyone on board.
As a parent my first thought was:
"Thank goodness I don't have to worry about making/buying cupcakes for 35 kids!"
My second thought was:
"What do you mean I can't bring a treat for my sweet baby girl on her birthday?!"
I love to bake. I made cupcakes for my daughter's preschool class but by the time I got them to school my Frozen themed cupcakes looked like Olaf spent too much time out in the sun. I just reminded my daughter that some people are worth melting for!
My takeaway lesson was no more cupcakes from me, I will be looking for an alternative this year, and I am not so heartbroken schools are asking parents to lay off the birthday treats!
As a teacher I have never been against cupcakes or other treats for birthdays. If a parent wants to celebrate their child in the classroom then I have no problem with it. I only ask that we celebrate at the end of the day, right before class is over, so that the celebrations do not cut into class time. We have so few, precious hours to educate our students and cupcakes are a yummy, but huge, distraction.
I do have to add that it is important to check with your school to see what is okay and what is not. You don't want to show up with cupcakes to be turned away at the office. I did have this happen to a parent one year and I felt bad that she had gone to all that work but there had been several notices sent home regarding our birthday policies.
If it turns out your school does not allow it then you are off the hook! One less thing to do! Just let your kiddo know that it's the school's fault for not letting you make those 35 cupcakes with fondant My Little Pony characters each handcrafted to match her classmate's personalities!
Photo via Zoey Cakes
After you check with the school then follow up with the teacher. Often the office does not know what is going on in the classroom on a particular day. This will help strengthen your relationship with the teacher by showing respect for her time with his/her students.
My own opinion about sweets in the classroom is that kids should be taught moderation. A cupcake every now and then is not a bad thing. One cupcake will not make them fat. One cupcake will not make most kids hyper.
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I also believe that parents should have the ability to decide if/when their child eats sweets. It is your child after all! Talk to your child about what to do when a parent brings in a sweet treat.
If you want to bring a treat for your child on their birthday, be it cupcakes or anything else, don't be afraid to speak up!
Check out my Pinterest board dedicated to Birthday Treat Alternatives!
P.S. DO NOT bring a cake with no plates, forks, napkins or some kind of slicing utensil! It only makes for a mess and a grumbling teacher.
What are your thoughts about cupcakes in the classroom? Do you have any awesome alternative ideas that your kids love?