Birthday Cake – Get Out

First it was fast foods and the short line, then it was soda and now it’s birthday cake. School districts are going to start banning anything that doesn’t fall into the ‘healthy’ part of the food pyramid, I just see it coming. What’s started this?

An Illinois school district just approved a new health plan. This health plan would ban students (and by extension their parents) from bringing cakes or cupcakes to the classroom in order to celebrate their birthdays. Pause for a moment to consider that.

Yeah, okay. The reason they announced this plan is that they want kids to celebrate their birthdays in a way that promotes healthy living. I got news for the school district and I’m going to be blunt, telling kids to only celebrate in healthy ways is going to make them want it even more and I don’t like it when school districts make decisions for my kids.

I get to decide whether or not they eat cake. Who are they? Marie Antoinette?

But here’s the kicker.

Holiday and Valentine’s Day parties will still allow candy.

So – no birthday cake or cupcakes on their birthdays, a day when we celebrate them and make them feel special, but candy at the Hallmark and holiday parties? Can you say double-standard much? I got news for the school district, kids aren’t stupid – they’ll pick up on that in nothing flat and all they’ll think is that it’s not fair – not healthy.

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.