NON PA mom has an opinion on birthday celebrations in schools
Hi there, for what it's worth I am a mother of a 1st grader, none of my children have peanut allergies, this year will be the first year that my daughter will be exposed to a child that has peanut allergies.
I was reading one of the other threads and I was kind of taken aback by what was posted.
I always bring in cupcakes for birthday celebrations and... I WOULD BE PERFECTLY HAPPY TO HAVE A NON FOOD CELEBRATION!
Seriously, kids eat too way too much junk, birthday celebrations at school are a privilege, not a right, we never even had them in school when I was a kid.
We had to take turns bringing snacks every week in my daughters kindergarten. None of the kids had PA and I did bring in pudding for one day, but the rest of the time I brought in fresh fruit. Fruit was more expensive than buying boxes of graham cracker, teddy grahams, etc... but I push fruit so much at home I felt like I had to be consistent.
I volunteered alot in her classroom and the younger kids LOVED peeling a banana or tangerine. There is a whole different vibe with fresh food in the classroom too.
I bring in the cupcakes because that is what my daughter asks for but I would have no problem telling her that everyone gets a little trinket or stickers and she could have her cupcake at home.
I apologize to all of you with PA kids that have such struggles with school parties.