As my 5 year old daughter makes new social connections, she’s beginning to be more and more aware of how she is different from the other children when it comes to her food allergies. And while she often takes these differences in stride, she doesn’t like to feel singled out or “forced” to talk about them.
Today at a play area, another child asked her about her medical bracelet. She said, “I have food allergies.” Her new friend asked, “what are you allergic to?” to which she replied, “I’m allergic to a lot of things but I don’t want to talk about it” and then quickly changed the subject. They kept playing and had fun.
And I was proud. You see, about a month ago, my daughter told me she didn’t like how she felt the other kids were talking about her food allergies “too much” at preschool. She’d much rather talk about fun stuff, like animals and sports and coloring. And so I told her that it was her decision when to talk about it – and empowered her to set some boundaries, letting her know it’s OK to not get into a big conversation every time someone asks.
My kiddos and I have been playing this song quite a bit this week. Not only do we love the words and what they stand for, but the counting parts make it especially catchy for my pre-k girl.
Stuck indoors during another MN snow storm, we ended up watching this on YouTube:
Which quickly turned into my children copying everything and bringing the scene to life. I had a video to share, but it seems to be posting upside down. I’m sure you can use your imagination.
Most of the Moms I know are super smart, tech-savvy, multi-tasking feministas who adore gifts that are as thoughtful and smart as they are. Here are my top ideas for fun, forward thinking gifts for Mother’s Day.
All gifts I’d love to receive… hint. cough. hint.
1. Caffeine molecule travel mug
Mom will have some serious geek cred with this coffee mug. $12.99 via thinkgeek.com.