Keep the FUN in Focus: Be Careful, Not Fearful at Halloween with Food Allergies!

Keep the FUN in Focus: Be Careful, Not Fearful at Halloween with Food Allergies!

Don’t Let Food Allergies Get in the Way of Enjoying Halloween!

Halloween should be a little scary, but for parents of kids with food allergies, it can be outright terrifying. In this piece, I journey back to my childhood and my first 12 years as a parent, all prior to living with food allergies, to highlight how candy, while central to this holiday, was only one of the many rituals I enjoyed. Read about how I used these special memories and traditions to influence how I now navigate Halloween with food allergies. In it, you will find strategies to plan for Halloween in a way that let’s fun take center stage, over fear!

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Food Allergy Parenting Errors - Mistakes are Part of the Journey!

Food Allergy Parenting Errors - Mistakes are Part of the Journey!

We all learn from our errors. After reading somewhere that “mistakes are opportunities to learn,” I used the mantra repeatedly with my own kids, suffering for years the subsequent eye roll, hoping that I drilled patience, risk taking and resilience into them, with such overt and subliminal messaging. But could I walk that talk? Could I tolerate my own parenting errors with self-compassion? Parenting mistakes are the hardest to endure, because the work matters more than any other. And what happens when the mistakes involve exposing your child to her food allergen accidentally? I need more than one hand to count the times I made critical errors, exposing my daughter to her allergens. Even though my errors stemmed from inadequate education, as opposed to irresponsibility, the guilt and fear I felt after each mistake was profound. Nonetheless, I started to realize that every error taught me invaluable lessons, ones that actually helped me in my efforts to keep her safe.

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An Inspired Philosophy About Living with Food Allergies

An Inspired Philosophy About Living with Food Allergies

...It became clear to me that this food allergy diagnosis was taking up way too much emotional real estate and that it was impacting my child’s sense of well being…. I simply had to find a way to navigate the world with food allergies, to return to my family’s passions and rituals and live life fully despite them!

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