We thought we had planned for everything.
Mea had a supportive teacher who understood the situation.
I had taken time off from work to be a “mom” so that Mea wasn’t the only kid without a parent present.
We talked and prepared Mea for the day.
Things started off well.
Mea picked her candy, planned her house, and we had a nice time building.
Then, I had to get back to work.
Another adult suggested that Mea put more decorations on her house.
Her teacher called me later to say that Mea had eaten some of the decorations – the candy that she just couldn’t resist.
Her teacher was positive and shared that she had handled the situation sensitively.
Next week (in the present), there’s another gingerbread house decorating party.
Parents are not invited to attend.
I wonder if we are just setting her up for “failure” if we send her.
There’s only so many times a kid can “get into trouble,” right?