Posts from ‘Parenting’
Last year I worked to raise awareness about food allergies and Halloween, encouraging people to be mindful that not all kids can eat Snickers. I published “Three Tips to Make Your House a Food Allergy-Friendly Stop” which was shared quite a bit. It’s still relevant and I encourage you to check it out.
This year I’m working on helping my 5 year old navigate school and after-school parties, as well as trick or treating. How can she be an advocate for herself when she can’t read? Although I work hard to make sure all the adults who help care for her are educated and I try to personally read every food label whenever I can… it’s just not always possible. So I need to teach this kiddo what candy is safe and what isn’t… and hope she doesn’t ever try to sneak a piece of unsafe candy when no one is looking (this hasn’t happened with us, but I’ve heard of it with other families…).
Last week I went shopping for some new clothes. Check out was a bit of a blur – everything was moving fast and I was trying to get out the door. I had a budget in mind of how much I wanted to spend, and it turned out I was a little bit over that amount.
I decided to put one of the shirts back to stay on budget. The cashier took the shirt off my bill, I paid and headed home. But later that day, unpacking the shopping bags, I found the shirt – the one I didn’t pay for! It must have already been in the bag when I paid and neither one of us took it out. I was shocked.
Of course I had a decision to make. I thought about my choices. Take the shirt back, pay for it, or, what many people would probably do, keep it and not say anything. Inherently I knew what the right thing to do was – be honest and correct the situation. Even if the store would NEVER know… I would know. In my heart and in my head, I wouldn’t be able to forget about it or step foot in that store ever again with a clean conscience. Funny how life gives us these little tests now and then.
Sunday morning, I called the store and told them what happened. I decided to keep the shirt (forget about the budget) and gave them permission to charge my account for the amount of the shirt. And I went on with my day. And that’s where this story gets interesting…
Sometimes friends ask me why I go to farmer’s markets or buy so much of our food from Whole Foods and the “natural” section of the regular grocery stores. Why do I insist on only organic dairy in my house? Why do I treat “High Fructose Corn Syrup” like it’s evil and ban it from my house?
I grew up eating much of my food from boxes and cans – Hamburger Helper and boxed au gratin potatoes are two that quickly come to mind. I was feeding my family that way, too, without giving it a second thought. Until the day my 12 month old daughter had a severe food allergy reaction to eggs. We found out she was allergic to a number of foods and I had to learn how to read ingredient labels to avoid feeding her anything that could make her sick.
And a funny thing happened when I started reading those labels. I realized how much of the food I was feeding my family was… undecipherable. So many labels were full of ingredients a mile long that I couldn’t pronounce.
Here is the “first day of school” picture from last week. I’d like to say they were really this happy and excited to start school – but the fact is they were tired and a bit nervous. I worked pretty hard to get them to smile so sweetly for this shot.
Today Avery’s in her first day of “KinderKamp” – wearing her own EpiPen belt and ROCKING her first time at her new school by herself. She’s there during the mornings this week to learn all about what Kindergarten will be like. Her teacher has been so wonderful – all the kids washed their hands with soap and water as they entered the room and we planned in advance that I would bring snacks for the whole class so it will be a safe environment for Avery.
When I dropped her off, I reviewed the allergy action plan & emergency medicines with the teacher – talking about symptoms and what to do if she has concerns. Avery was really excited to meet new friends and learn more about Kindergarten.
Here’s hoping for a great week. Obviously it’s helping build BOTH of our confidence for Kindergarten in the fall.