by Janette Kennedy, MAEd
I painted this picture when I was expecting my daughter. There are cute little footprints coming out of the river, and my hope of seeing her summit her dreams. Most of the picture, though, is the cover of the jungle: the insects and upturned leaves that hide the unknown that she will travel through in this life.
As parents, one of our most important jobs is preparing our kids to navigate a world we can’t always see, and sometimes, one that we struggle ourselves to make sense of. Already, her world is so different than mine.
Hi! My name is Evan and I am twelve years old. I have a severe airborne peanut and tree nut allergy. For me, transitioning from elementary school to middle school was harder than I expected. My elementary school was very good about my allergy and the people there really watched out for me. When I began middle school, I quickly realized I would have to be very aware of my surroundings in order to keep myself safe.
by Jill Connell
At 18 months old, we confirmed that our son had multiple allergies to all forms of milk and eggs, as well as peanuts and tree nuts. Not only would he react when he ate the allergens but also touching them or touching residue on playgrounds, chairs, tables and toys. It was overwhelming. I remember thinking how do I teach him how to manage this? How does he navigate a world with food around every corner? How do I keep him from making a deadly mistake? How do I prepare him without scaring him?
Food for Thought is the blog for the Food Allergy Alliance of the MidSouth. FAAM's mission is to provide food allergy support, education, advocacy, fellowship & fun for Memphis, TN and surrounding areas.
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