A few weeks ago, school started for my nut-allergic child and our amazing parent association volunteers camped out at the front door of the school ready to greet both new and returning parents and their children as they walked in to school. Of course, because we are parents who never have time to eat before school drop off, these volunteers generously served coffee and breakfast treats to those who wanted them.
Birthday parties are the highlight of kids everywhere - it’s a day when the world literally revolves around your child and parents comply with birthday parties filled with food and fun! While we can certainly relate, each birthday invitation addressed to our nut-allergic children make our hearts skip a beat as we consider how they are going to manage the food served, the birthday cake and the inevitable piñata filled with candy. Do we stay during the party to monitor the situation or do we leave and cross our fingers that our children will be okay on their own? How...
After a long and relaxing summer, everyone is finally back at school and settling in. My son’s school is nut-free which has been a huge relief but it got me thinking about some of my personal experiences over the summer and how the lack of structure with a food allergy kid is so hard. Maybe some of you can relate.