The above picture is Addie's Valentine's Day booty. Half of it (the stuff on the right) is what we pitched. The stuff on the left includes the cards. Notice that it is mostly candy!
This year Addie went to Preschool courtesy of Iowa tax payers. The price for this was a whole slew of strange regulations. Some of these included:
No apples or carrots, because they are choking hazards.
No home-baked goods because they're not healthy and people could put poison and stuff in them.
So what does one bring for a birthday/half birthday/holiday party? Food items that are wrapped. What are some of the most popular to give 20 three and four year olds?
Jawbreakers gobstoppers suckers pixie sticks crack dippers (I forget what they are called because I pitch them as soon as I get them out of her back pack, but they're the pouches that you dip a hard candy stick into and lick off the colored sugar.) gum
And this happens at least once a week, if not twice! The load is usually not one small treat per kid, but a small baggie.
I gotta say, who the hell gives their 3 or 4 year old any of this? Maybe as the teacher, if I'd had a particularly bad day, I may feed them snacks with a ton of sugar at say, 2:50, and promptly send them into their parent's arms, but that's because I'm vindictive.
Most of that crap goes in the garbage. And the stuff they can actually eat (or that we actually like) is too much for us! If they're so worried about the safety and health of my child, stop giving this stuff to them... give them an apple or carrot and we'll take our chances!
I am currently a Middle School Science Teacher and coach, with four children - Addie 7, Emily 5, Lucy 1, and Jeremy my husband of 11 years. I am a teacher by trade and passion. I am interested in education, SCIENCE!, history, literature, politics, the great outdoors and mommyhood. I miss adults and my flat stomach... okay, I never had a flat stomach to miss.