Our school district has decided to no longer allow parents to bring
homemade treats into the school for birthdays and holiday parties.
And, my 8 yr old's school has decided to take that a step further
and encourage parents to bring only non-food items for birthday celebrations.
They made this decision to focus on the children and his or her special day...and not on the food.
It's to focus on childhood allergies, diabetes, obesity and the overall safety of the students.
Here are a few suggestions of acceptable non-food items:
For holiday parties at the school, only pre-packaged food items
with nutritional labels will be allowed.
Now, I'm not insensitive, I understand difficult issues facing parents and educators these days.
But I couldn't read this handout without laughing.
We're saying no to homemade food and yes to toys and processed food?!!
Do your children's schools have these rules?
What do you think?
I think this is taking things a bit overboard.
As with anything, I think moderation is the rule.
In about ten years we have a note coming home about how materialistic birthday celebrations at school have become and to just bring cupcakes instead.
Or a back to basics campaign where they'll want only fresh food and no chemically processed.