Let Them Eat Cake.

This morning I raced to the bakery to collect 30 cupcakes so I could despatch them to Jack’s Classroom teacher, as to relieve any mother guilt that I may have manifested during the day about the fact that I cannot bake for shit. My baby is 8! When did THAT happen?

Have you ever seen a wiser old soul?

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Jack came out of the sunroof smiling. He was a very smiling, placid baby and a top sleeper. The ONLY upside of having a baby with a hearing loss. I know I am probably not supposed to say that, but it is true.

Did a few more chores, including buying Harry a new jumper (which I am betting is lost by now) and hauling my wobbles off to Huffy Puffy. I shared my morning with the ladies, including the cupcake success and I was dumbfounded to learn that there was apparently a major shit fight going down at school by some parents about trying to ban cupcakes being bought in for birthdays, to class!

BUT OF COURSE THERE IS…

Now Harry’s latest moniker for me is THE FUN POLICE, a badge I wear with pride. But to try to shame and ban cup caking parents, who are doing nothing but trying to appease their guilt, well it is just down right Un-Australian.

Are we all looking at things to object to these days? If you are a not cup-cake appreciative  parent, would it not be easier to just not send cupcakes into class when it is your kids birthday,and request that your kid does not partake in the eating of other children’s birthday offerings?

Back in the daycare years, I would go and pick up the kids, who were toddlers at the time, a bit early on their birthday. I could bring in a cake and some streamers and balloons, and there you had it. Instant party. I mean all the kids where already there, their parents did not have to spend the weekends  schlepping  all over Sydney, trying to find the right pergola at the right park, and you were in and out in 30 minutes. THERE IS YOUR PARTY SON!

It does not make me thoughtless. It was just good practice at the time, as parties tend to get a little out of hand as the years fly by.

I did a little digging around the nets, to see what “healthier cupcake alternatives” could be found. I stopped short of creating a pinterest board about it, as no one got time for that shit. But here are some you could consider if cupcakes frighten you…. (yes, actual websites are dedicated t this, so it must be of some concern to other parents as well.)

  • Guacamole
  • Carob Zucchini Bread
  • Pretzel Cups
  • Watermelon cut up in the shape of the birthday child’s first initial
  • A Pinata filled with mini toothpastes.
  • Sliced apples

Just for a minute, think of the teacher. He/she has been spending their time guiding your child throughout their educational journey and you offer them a slice of apple? You WILL get talked about in the staffroom… Just saying….

I shall be watching this local debate unfold with interest, and if need be, I am prepared to march down the road and straight up to the school gates at pick up time… screaming “UNION….UNION…..union……”

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Dramatisation. May not have actually happened.

So Happy Birthday my gorgeous boy. Have a cupcake… here, have two.

Should we blame the growing childhood obesity epidemic on Classroom Cup-Cakery?

Or should we all just pull our heads in for a bit?