Today was the day we’ve been talking about all month… Today was my youngest son’s fake birthday!
Now, for kids who have summer birthdays, fake birthdays are kinda awesome. My son got to wear a spiffy crown all day and eat muffins. So, he was pretty excited. Plus, he gets to celebrate his birthday again in a couple of months. And one of his classmates even brought in a card for him. (What do you want to bet my son told her it was his real birthday, but I digress… Plus, my charming little angel would never do such a thing.)
I have no issue with fake birthdays since they make everyone happy. However, I do have issues with the silly “healthy eating plan” that our elementary school loves to brag about. In a nutshell, this program is dressed up food communism. They don’t even allow cupcakes on birthdays! Instead they suggest parents bring in “muffins or a healthy alternative”. Well… if you’ve ever checked out the packaging, muffins have the exact same amount of sugar and calories as cupcakes; they just look a lot less festive. (And mini-muffins have the exact same amount of sugar and calories as mini-cupcakes…) So, it’s all just bureaucratic BS at its best, but every birthday we send in the muffins, and we all pretend that they’re super healthy.
For their everyday snacks, we typically comply with the program by sending in pretzels or granola bars. However, we were informed by our five-year-old that his snacks “weren’t healthy enough”. Then we started sending in carrots and apples. Strangely enough, these would come back home untouched… So we went back to sending in pretzels and granola bars.
Also, both of our sons were using the money in their lunch accounts to buy ice cream and cookies (in addition to lunch). However, if we sent in any kind of candy or cookies in their lunch, we’d get a nasty note sent home to us from the teacher. Heck, my kid’s teachers have already convinced my son that pretzels were bad for him! (For everyone nodding their head, and saying that carbs are the devil, they’re not, but we can argue about ketones another day.)
Halloween was the last straw. Just like every other holiday since our sons started attending school, each of our them came home with a mountain of candy in their backpack. (It’ so much that even with me eating it, it usually takes us until the next major holiday to finish it.) Fed up with the school’s hypocrisy about “choosing healthy snacks”, I started sending them in with two pieces of candy each day. It was the exact same candy they had brought home from school on Halloween. On day two, I received the nasty note, stating that candy was NOT a healthy snack, and I needed to stop sending it. Grrr.
And that is where most of the candy in our house comes from… Oh, well, at least I don’t have fresh cupcakes sitting in the kitchen, taunting me…
What are birthdays like at your house? Do you try to make them “healthy” or go for broke like we do?