Last week, whilst my gifted hairdresser Denis was dealing with my Teflon greys, I indulged in the usual feast of trashy magazines. Here, I came across an article that so filled me with angst and fury, I had to read it twice in case my eyes were in fact deceiving me – I then swore loudly.
THIS. . . . . .
“Cupcakes decorated in icing to match their school uniform.”Please note the fondant icing tie
Yes my friends – to entice the little monkey’s back to school after the holidays, let’s decorate their snack items to match their uniforms.
Oh. . . . . . .My . . . . . . . . Goodness . . . . . .
I believe that the selling strategy of magazines, trying to make Mothers feel inadequate has reached a new depth.
Honestly, as a former teacher, if a child arrived at school with these cupcakes my alarm bells would go off. Support would need to be sought for the family as I’d be concerned poor mother had obviously lost the plot, become unhinged in her quest for being the perfect procreator.
I myself am in recovery from a strong delusional streak, so I know a cry for help when I see one. Instead of giving lolly bags at my eldest daughters first birthday I made and iced gingerbread people as each of the party guests. Why? Because things like this are really important to one year olds! I shake my head to this day and wonder what that was about, so trust me I know bonkers when I see it!
I have no doubt the magazine will next week run an article on the worrisome trend of ‘entitled brats’ and their inability to cope with a less than perfect world or lunch box. No doubt mothers will be blamed for bending to their every whim and their lack of skill with fondant icing. In fact had I kept flicking through this magazine, the next article would possibly been about career advancement strategies – after all we are multi taskers. Instead, I huffed, slammed it shut in disgust and reached from the next magazine in an effort of discover if Jen and Brad are indeed together.*
So lovely readers tell me, have you seen or read something totally ridiculous recently? Have you been known to buy into the perfect parent illusion? Do articles like this make you see red or is in fact, icing on your shopping list?
Until we meet again. . . . .
* please note, this remains a mystery – feel free to let me know