By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
mother bakes pie with daughter
You might be a bad mother if..." This weeks answer: Your kid always knows which items are yours at the bake sale due to the bright orange "Sale!" sticker on the package. Similar to redneck jokes, but a lot less funny (us moms, so sensitive!), people have been invoking the Bad Mama stereotype for all kinds of things lately-but the most recent controversy was stirred up by Jennifer Steinhauer, who calmly informed us in The New York Times that donating purchased foodstuffs to a school bake sale is not only "cheating," but might be the downfall of society. She is, of course, nuts. And I say that with all the affection of one crazy person to another.
First, a confession. I haven't donated anything baked or homemade to a school bake sale in years. I also haven't bought wrapping paper, let my kids sell chocolate door-to-door, or hawked raffle tickets to my coworkers. I abhor a fundraiser; whenever one comes up, I write a check to the PTO