I hesitate to make any sort of "you should do this" or "you shouldn't do that" statement because really, who am I to tell anyone how they should live their life? You do you, babies.
With this exception: if you are thinking of posting a fake pregnancy announcement tomorrow for April Fools' Day, don't. Just don't. Fake pregnancy announcements are not funny. At best, they're insensitive and tone deaf. They can be incredibly hurtful to people struggling with infertility, miscarriage, baby loss, and more.
We've managed to avoid April Fools' Day with Grady up until now. This week he came home from school and told me about this hilarious holiday called April Fools' Day. All week he's been pranking me like "hey mommy! There's a giant monster behind you!" *finger guns* "APRIL FOOLS' DAY!" And I have to laugh because he's my kid and I love him and his innocence is adorable. But people don't have to laugh at fake pregnancy announcements. I hope that if you encounter a fake pregnancy announcement in the wild (believe me, it's a matter of when, not if) you'll tell the prankster that they're not being funny, they're being rude.
Right! April Fools' Day PSA over. Now for the fun part.
I don't want to encourage this pranking nonsense because honestly, I don't have the time or energy for it. But! I do want to satisfy Grady's imagination and encourage his belief in magic. So today after school, Grady and I will be filling an old flower pot with rocks. Then we'll plant our "doughnut seeds" (Cheerios). Tomorrow morning, when Grady wakes up on April Fools' Day, his doughnut seeds will have sprouted doughnuts. I am ridiculously excited (to see his reaction and, umm, to eat the doughnuts).
My prank didn't take a lot of prep and won't require a lot of cleanup. And we get to eat doughnuts for breakfast. It's the perfect April Fools' Day prank.
Do you participate in April Fools' Day with your kids? How are you planning to prank them tomorrow?