A furious mum has fallen out with her best friend over a slice of birthday cake. The food-conscious mum doesn’t allow her child any junk food, but his best friend ‘tricked’ him into eating cake, causing the boy have a sugar rush and be ‘cranky’ for the rest of the day.
The woman says her eight-year-old son attended his friend’s birthday party, who happens to be her best friend’s son. She explained that she doesn’t let her son have any junk food at all, and he usually takes his own snacks to events that are bound to have lots of sugary treats. On this occasion, he took carrot sticks and ranch.
“My best friend bakes a lot, and made a special chocolate cake for her son’s birthday,” the mum explained on reddit. “When it comes to my son, I don’t let him have cake. This is personal preference for his health, not for any allergy reasons, and he is not diabetic or gluten free. My son knows he isn’t allowed to have cake because of the additives.”
“When he told his best friend this at the party, his friend apparently got upset and told him it was ‘good cake’, not bad like I say, because his mum made it, and it was his birthday cake. My son ate cake, got a sugar rush, and crashed, making him cranky for the rest of the day after we left the party.”
‘Am I in the wrong for being upset?’
The incident prompted a confrontation between the mums, who were both at the party.
“I told my friend she needs to have some kind of consequences for her son to teach him not to peer pressure other children into eating things they’re not allowed to have. She said because it wasn’t an issue of allergies or health, that she’s sorry my son was cranky but she won’t be punishing her son or talking to him about it on his birthday.
“She says also that she’ll just that she’ll watch more closely/make sure her husband does in the future, as well as have a chat with him on another day about respecting food habits. (I love my friend, but historically, her and her husband have always said ‘yes’ to their son and not given him any consequences for anything.)
“Both of us were present at the party and did not see them sharing the cake (they were outside eating in the backyard with their fathers and some other parents supervising while we cleaned up) so it’s not an issue of anyone going behind anyone’s back, just teaching children boundaries and respect.
“I let my son stay for the rest of the party and be with his friend, so it’s not like I ruined the day.”
But the mum now wants to know whether she was in the wrong for being upset with her best friend’s son, and the fact that her friend won’t punish him.
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