Last Friday, a mom sent cupcakes to celebrate her son's birthday. I have asked parents to send in healthier snacks, but I have had a difficult time enforcing that policy. Did I mention that she sent 48 cupcakes for a class of 24? Yes, each student felt entitled to two. Yes, I was mean and told them they could only have one.
Frosting brings out a side of my students I would rather not experience. This is not the first time we have had cupcakes and been reduced to chaos. For some reason otherwise well-behaved students lose seven years of age. Several intentionally smear frosting on their faces. (Yes, I was mean and took away their cupcakes.)
At one point I said, "I hate birthdays."
They responded, "You hate kids." (No, just cupcakes.)
I can top my own story. The year I taught kindergarten I had a mom who brought an ice cream cake and no silverware. She actually told me that she was glad she could have the "party" at school because she didn't want to have the students at her house.
I don't want to take away birthday celebrations entirely; I just don't want to be by myself in a room with twenty-four students hyped up on sugar. So, I'm asking, please, for my sanity...no more cupcakes at school.