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Aug
12

One of the biggest challenges for parents of children with food allergies is figuring out how to keep your child safe when you send them off to school.

There are many things to consider, such as who to partner with at school, where should the EpiPens be stored and how to manage snacks in the classroom. And then there’s lunch and holiday parties to consider. Below is a (quite long and extensive) video I created where I share how we manage food allergies at school and answer some viewers questions (via Periscope).

If cost is restricting how many EpiPens you have on your child or at school, check out the $0 copay offer from Mylan to save up to $100 off your copay. You may also find this post helpful that I wrote after Kindergarten: Recap: Kindergarten with Food Allergies.

You can find more of my food allergy posts, tips & recipes on my Food Allergy page. I’d also love to connect with you on my Marketing Mama facebook page and twitter. This post, and all posts on this blog, are written from my experiences as a parent of a child with food allergies. I am not a medical expert and encourage you to consult with a doctor on your personal medical situation.

Aug
12

Hello friends, it’s so nice to have warm weather in Minnesota – we’ve been spending as much time as possible soaking up the weather. Of course, the kids have much more opportunity to do that than I do – swimming at the pool and playing outside each day. They’ve had a great summer so far, filled with fun activities and extra time with their Dad.

acting campThere have been swimming lessons and fun days just playing at the pool, which we try to do each summer. This year they tried an acting workshop by Stages Theater for the first time, which was a HUGE hit! They loved it! They were in the “How to Train Your Dragon” play and spent a full week learning all about acting – memorizing lines, making their own costumes, rehearsing and acting! Parents were invited to watch the play at the end of the week. Alex and Avery have already asked if they can go to another acting workshop next summer. I’m sure it helped build their confidence for acting and presenting – after being on a big stage in front of a few hundred parents.

Avery also took an electricity class and Alex was in a Harry Potter “class” (notice “class” in quotes) which they both enjoyed and now they are both taking a computer game programming class this week. They love trying new things and meeting new people and that makes me very happy. They also loosely kept up with karate, trying to hit at least one class a week (instead of two) because they still enjoy it and I don’t want them to fall too far behind.

 

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Jul
01

Last week we bought an ice cream cake for the first time in many years.

Last week I went up north with my boyfriend and his kids (my kids were at their Dad’s house). We stayed in a cabin by a lake.

And it was the strangest thing – I didn’t have to worry about food allergies for an entire week! I almost feel guilty talking about it now, how much I enjoyed being carefree for a week, after living so carefully for so many years.

We could eat and cook anything we wanted in the cabin. This included trail mix, eggs for breakfast and peanut butter sandwiches, foods that we can’t even have in my house because trace amounts are dangerous for my daughter who has multiple, severe food allergies.

We ate out at restaurants we normally would not be able to go to… And for a special birthday that took place on the trip? We got a Dairy Queen ice cream cake. And not just any ice cream cake… he picked out the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream cake! And it was great!

I have to be honest, it felt really great to be able to relax around food and not have to cook as much. It’s the first birthday in 6 years we’ve been able to buy a cake rather than me baking one myself.

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Jun
17

I’ve been playing around with Periscope, the new live streaming app you can get on iphone and droid smartphones. I encourage everyone to download it and check it out (and follow me there!). Recently, while grocery shopping, I thought I’d try live streaming to see if anyone was interested in hearing and seeing the types of foods I buy. Interestingly, there were people who joined throughout the entire 20 minutes or so and a few folks who asked questions.

I saved a copy of my “scope” here and uploaded to YouTube. Feel free to watch it here to see what types of products we buy.

You can find more of my food allergy posts, tips & recipes on my Food Allergy page. I’d also love to connect with you on my Marketing Mama facebook page and twitter. This post, and all posts on this blog, are written from my experiences as a parent of a child with food allergies. I am not a medical expert and encourage you to consult with a doctor on your personal medical situation.

Jun
17

We don’t keep secrets in our family, but we can keep surprises.

Secrets are usually something bad that can hurt someone, while surprises are something good, such as a present!

Along with that, I’ve taught my children that if any adults ever say to them, “Don’t tell your Mom (or Dad) about this,” that it’s VERY important they tell me right away and I will never be mad at them for doing so. Grown ups only say that if they did something wrong, but when it comes to the safety of my children, I need to know about it. Adults should not be forming secrets with children, period. It’s not healthy for the kids and it sets up a bad power dynamic between the adult and the child. Feeling the pressure of keeping a secret for an adult can create unneeded stress and anxiety for children.

The same goes true the other way – babysitters and teachers should never say to a child “I won’t tell your Mom (or Dad) about this” in order to cover up for the child. I know sometimes people are tempted to do this. The child might plead, “Please don’t tell my mom or dad.” Or the adult might use it as leverage, “I won’t tell your parents about this IF… ” which is also unfair to the child.

Kids make mistakes. Adults make mistakes. But when we keep them secret, they can become shameful, embarrassing and can even be hurtful when they come out later.

 

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