Michelle Obama was invited to give the commencement address to students in Kansas City. However, many people are upset by the first lady's scheduled appearance.
Many of them are concerned that she will attract more people to attend graduation. The ceremony combines five area high schools and takes place in an 8,000-seat arena. However, many parents worry that friends and family won't be able to get a seat. Students have started petitions and parents have urged district officials to reconsider.
Not everyone is just concerned with the seating arrangement. Some parents are upset that the first lady will overshadow the graduates on their big day. They want to ensure that the graduation ceremony focuses on the teens, not the next Presidential election.
This issue brings up a variety of graduation etiquette issues. For many families, a limited number of seats means having to choose which grandparent gets a ticket and which one gets left out. Although graduation should be a time of celebration, unfortunately, it can also bring about a lot of stress for families.
Cooking and baking can help involve teens in the Easter celebration. Although some teens may be interested in helping you create an Easter dinner
, other teens might be more interested in baking the Easter dessert. Here are some fun treats that teens can bake:
- Easter Cupcakes - These Easter Egg cupcakes are fun for teens to bake and decorate.
- Easter Basket Cake - This adorable Easter Basket cake involves candy bars, jelly beans, and marshmallow chicks or bunnies.
- Flower Garden Cake- This flower garden cake is the perfect way to celebrate spring. You can even personalize it with photo flowers to make it a truly unique piece.
- Sunflower Cake - This sunflower cake is super easy and serves as a beautiful centerpiece. Use yellow marshmallow chicks and some chocolate chips to turn a round cake into a sunflower.
- Bunny Cake - This bunny cake takes a little more work than some of the other desserts but the end result is worth the effort. It comes with step-by-step photo instructions to help you out along the way.
While many teens have outgrown traditional Easter egg hunts, there are still lots of ways to get teens involved in Easter celebrations. If your family has any particular religious or spiritual beliefs about Easter, get your teen involved in attending services. Talk about your beliefs and give your teen an opportunity to ask questions.
There are lots of other ways in which you can get your teen involved in celebrating Easter, whether it's decorating, cooking, or baking. You can also create a more "mature" Easter egg hunt. Get your teens friends involved and hide eggs at night and allow them to use flashlights to find the eggs.
If you're struggling to find some Easter gifts for your teen, here are over 100 Easter basket ideas for teens. Also, consider using these coupons as an inexpensive and fun alternative to chocolate and candy.
You can also use Easter as an opportunity to encourage teens to volunteer time or gifts to others. Fill Easter baskets for children at a local homeless shelter or donate to a charity that helps children in need. It can be a great opportunity to encourage teens to be grateful for what they already have and remember those who aren't as fortunate.
If you're looking to do some Easter-related crafts with your teen, I've compiled a list from of projects from various About.com sites to give you some ideas. These projects are sure to please even the mature teen who may think she's too old to make cotton ball bunnies.
- Clay Pot Bunny Craft - This is a cute yet simple idea that you can customize to make it suit your teen's needs. Offer paint and some simple supplies and your teen can turn a plant pot into an Easter basket.
- Homemade Easter Decorations - Get your teen involved in helping you create some Easter decorations. Learn how to make anything from an Easter tree to an Easter wreath.
- Dyeing Easter Eggs - There are lots of ways to dye Easter eggs. Get as creative as you want with these ideas that will show you has to personalize eggs using a variety of techniques that will lead to beautiful, colorful eggs. And if you've ever wondered where the tradition of dyeing eggs came from, here's a quick history lesson that explains the different ways eggs have been colored around the world.
- Bunny and Carrot Eggs- This project shows how your teen can turn hard-boiled eggs into bunnies and carrots.