Last night I looked at our calendar and low and behold, I forgot that Tiny Dancer is supposed to bring snacks for preschool the next day.
I hit the panic button for a second but then I did what any sensible mom does in this day and age… check Pinterest.
I was looking at some darling little turkey snacks and then it hit me. Do I really want to go out (in the cold!) and get all the ingredients and spend somewhere between $7-12 for nine little kids who most likely won’t appreciate it?
Who am really trying to impress? 4 year old children? Their teachers? The kids’ moms? All of my friends on Facebook?
Isn’t it sad that I actually had to tell myself that it’s ok that I didn’t go “all out” on the snacks? This is what we are doing to each other – we’re making it hard for us to be less than perfect moms. And really, what is a perfect mom?
Now, please hear me on this- I love to make super cute snacks that align with the letter of the week, thematic unit the teacher is doing, or even the season. We love getting our aprons on and making the snack together while talking and making some fun memories.
What I don’t love is having to do something in haste and not enjoying the process. Rushing out at 9 pm to get all the ingredients and putting it together without the kids isn’t the point. The point is doing it together and making memories.
So I asked Tiny Dancer what she wanted to bring for snacks- Frozen Fruit Snacks.
Do you know what happened when we brought in the snack? Another preschool mom looked at me while holding a baby in her arms, one hanging on her leg and one walking into the classroom said, “I’m so glad that I’m not the only one who brings, “normal” snacks.”
So here’s to us, the normal moms, who are trying to do the best that we can with what we’ve got. Let’s not put any more pressure or stress on each other than we already have.
This is for all the moms to know that it’s ok to buy fruit snacks. Because chances are, the kids will love it more than the darling little snacks we wanted to make anyways!