Cupcake Dilemma

I was at home with the kid crew last week and in an upstairs bedroom helping Sissy with something when my extra sensory parent ears sounded an alert.

I jumped to attention and listened as I heard the developmental specialist who works with our younger son say,"Hold on Luca.  Stop.  Daddy will clean that up."

Down the stairs in record time, I arrived to see Luca sitting on the kitchen floor eating a cupcake.  White icing was smeared on his shirt and in a few small piles on the tile. 

The plastic plate with the cupcakes that was on the table was now upside down on the floor.  All cupcakes were lost--victims of the dirty floor.

Well, except for the one that Luca was consuming.  He was obviously unconcerned whether his cupcake was edible or not ,despite it going for a roll under the dining room table.

The specialist looked at me and said:

"Sorry.  He reached for them and they all fell. I was trying to clean them up when he started eating one."

"Should I stop him?" I thought to myself.

"Can I see any obvious piles of dog hair hanging from it?"

"Does the five second rule apply to cupcakes?"

I looked at Luca and he was lost in dessert merriment.

With no new cupcake to offer (all of them spilled), I decided that trying to take it away from the little boy was going  to be a losing battle. 

With me being the big loser.

Luca won the day.

I know who was the most disappointed after I cleaned up the mess: our big dog "Yellow Buffalo" who was unfortunately outside at the time the plate of sweets hit the floor; otherwise he would have devoured all of those cupcakes before I Luca or I realized what had happened.

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So what do you think?

Should I have taken the dirty cupcake from the kiddo and offered a substitute treat?

Can I avoid the "bad parent" label by using this as a teaching moment and proactively working to explain why one should not consume desserts off of the floor?  

16 comments:

Dawn said...

Just think how the immune system builds after eating a dirty cupcake:))))

theforgottenwife said...

No, you shouldn't have taken it away! Good job, Dad! Although, maybe you should have let the dog lick the floor for you (as long as it wasn't chocolate!).

Matthew MacNish said...

I wouldn't worry about it too much. If he's crawling around on the floor, he's already picking up germs. Some exposure to germs is good.

Brian Miller said...

pick your moments...for me it would be based on a lot of things...age...what you are trying to work on with him...what was going on...what you were trying to teach...will a little dirt hurt him, hopefully not....

Lisa said...

It depends. The biggest question here is does Mom know? I guess she does now! :-)

Elena said...

Cupcakes fall under the ten second rule...so you did just fine ;) Anyway, by the time you got there if there was any offending "dirt" on the frosting it was already eaten. Heehee....

ladyfi said...

You did the right thing. A little dirt never hurt a kid - it even builds up the immune system!

T.O. Geezer said...

I guess it depends on how dirty the floor was? A little dirt is won't hurt anyone, after all God created Adam from dirt... didn't He?

Kristen @ Motherese said...

I'm voting with the majority here: I would have done the same thing...perhaps followed by a lecture about how his knocking over the plate of cupcakes deprived me of enjoying one too. I love my cupcakes! :)

Candice said...

We don't wear shoes in the house and clean often so I wouldn't be too concerned with it. In short, depends on how dirty the floors are.

If it were a friends house, I would be digging it out of his mouth. Though with Graham I'd have to dig it out of his mouth anyway due to his allergies. Okay, now I'm rambling... ;P

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

My motto: A little dirt never hurt!

julie fedderson said...

Have you ever watched that survival show with Bear Grylls? The man ate from animal feces and he's still kicking. I don't think you should worry about a little dog hair. Embrace it as additional roughage. Cupcakes are notoriously low in fiber.

secret agent woman said...

Believe it or not, I read some research on this. Two things: The 5-second rule is bunk. Anything (germs, etc) on the floor is transmitted to food instantly. BUT, kitchens floors are generally very safe, so there isn't anything dangerous no matter how many seconds the cupcake was on the floor.

Anastasia said...

Oh man you have to pick the battles. I think you chose rightly.

Hilary said...

Take it away? Heck, no! I would have taken a picture. ;)

James (SeattleDad) said...

You made the right call. No filth hanging from it, so at that point it would have been worse to try to take it away.