I kind of feel like I need an I Survived First Grade Gingerbread House Day badge. Do they have those? If not, there is a small business idea for one of you out there. Or maybe I should just start my own Beads of Courage program for moms…beads for school field trips, first band concert, when your kid vomits at school….the possibilities are endless.
Actually, first-grade gingerbread house day turned out to be much less chaotic than kindergarten gingerbread house day…even with less help from courageous adults such as myself. Apollo worked slowly and meticulously and thankfully was totally fine with the roof caving in. He just kept up the work of decorating the house…and washing his hands.
Like many kids with oral aversions, Apollo doesn’t like to get his hands dirty or sticky. He is the first of my kids to even care about something like that. Most of the time I find it a rather charming trait. Who doesn’t love a little kid who likes clean hands?
And today we hosted 11? 12? Friends from school while we decorated cookies (a family tradition). It was fun and much less noisy than anticipated. Here is a parenting tip for you:
When your kids have their friends over, have them ALL have their friends over at the same time. This means you prep once, endure once and clean-up after once. AND, your kids are each preoccupied with their own friends.