Posts from ‘Parenting’
Six years ago I became a “food allergy Mom.” Not a title I ever wanted, but one I take very seriously. I’ve written quite a bit about how we manage food allergies in our lives, house, school, etc. What I don’t ever talk about is how other families do it. Because each food allergy family is different. And each one has a different comfort level with risk when it comes to the potential of a food allergy reaction.
And from what I suspect stems from fear, and confusion about the way we all act differently, there can be a lot of judging of people with food allergies. Non-allergy families judging “food allergy parents” for being too dramatic or asking too much, children judging their peers with food allergies for being different, family members feeling burdened or resentful about having to change family traditions or being asked not to serve favorite-recipes at family gatherings. Oh, and families with food allergies judging other families with food allergies because they don’t follow the same “rules” as they do.
These two kiddos begged me to learn karate for at least a year before I gave in. And you know what? I’m so glad I did.
For a year now they’ve been attending classes twice a week, sometimes three, through National Karate. They’ve each grown so much taller they’ve already had to increase their uniform size once during the year. They’ve gone from no belt to white belt to gold belt to green stripe to green belt to green belts with purple stripes…. in other words these kiddos have kicked some serious karate butt.
And yesterday they participated in their first tournament. And it was amazing. Look how bright and shiny they were first thing in the morning! Seriously they’ve been practicing for so long!
What I’m about to share with you is a game changer for the world of food allergies. Seriously.
If you or your child or partner carries an EpiPen for severe allergies, ask yourself if you have you ever:
- left home without your emergency medications and not realize it until you’re far away?
- worried that your medication got too hot or too cold when you accidentally left it in your car?
- had anxiety about your child at school or daycare and want to make sure you are alerted immediately if they have a reaction?
- tried to remember when the medication expires, but it’s at another location and you can’t check it?
We went to see Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Musical at the Stages Theatre in Hopkins last weekend and had a wonderful time. You can see Avery was grinning ear to ear sitting next to Rudolph and Hermie after the show. It runs through January 3rd, and if you or your kiddos love the annual TV movie classic of Rudolph, the musical is nearly identical to it. Definitely go see it!
The play was super special for my family, as a certain almost-7 year old has been practically obsessed with Rudolph for about 5 or so years. Here are a few of the fun pictures of her with Rudolph over the years.
She brought Rudolph with her to go see Santa!
She drew this picture for Rudolph and left it with carrots and granola for him to eat when Santa brought presents. You can just barely see her little handwriting that said Rudolph across the top.
And here she fell asleep one night holding Rudolph and wearing antlers on her head. I just can’t… my heart… and then here’s her little voice just 3 years ago… talking about Rudolph being a love story.
There are also Rudolph books and ornaments and multiple pairs of Rudolph pajamas she has already outgrown. Maybe the fact that her birthday is on Christmas Day has influenced her to embrace the season.
And I may have picked up a couple extra secret things at the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Musical last weekend…
Hope you are all finding joy and moments of peace this holiday season.
Note: We are regular patrons (and donors) of the Stages Theatre in Hopkins. These opinions and photos are my own, this was not a blogger review as we paid full price for our tickets!
For the last few years, I’ve majorly stressed out over Halloween. There was this post Oh Halloween… you stress me out where I detailed all the ways the holiday freaked me out… and then this one where I worked on empowering my little one before she could read: How to help kids with food allergies on Halloween.
This year, somehow in the business of it all, I decided to just roll with it… to keep the emphasis on fun and not on “staying safe.” Of course I worked hard to keep her safe – but it was all in my head, something I took accountability for and let her focus on the fun. And I’m happy to say it worked.
Maybe it’s because I’m older and wiser… or because she’s older and wiser… we’ve both been doing this food allergy thing for nearly 6 years now. And this was the best Halloween we’ve had yet!