do you serve your child soynut butter at school?

Posted on: Fri, 08/09/2002 - 12:47am
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pMy son is starting 1st grade in a few weeks, and one of his favorite lunches is a soynut butter and jelly sandwich. I am afraid, though, that if I pack this for him to bring to school, others may think he is eating peanut butter./p
pDo any of you send soynut butter to school with your kids??/p

Posted on: Fri, 08/09/2002 - 2:35am
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I don't send it because my son doesn't even want to try it. But I think it would be a good idea to write a short note and stick it in the lunch in case a teacher questions him on it. I assume your child knows he is eating soy butter, not pb, and can explain it if anyone asks, but I think I'd include the note as a precaution.
Maybe print up a sheet of stickers that says "This is a soybutter sandwich" or something like that, and you can stick it right on the baggie each day.
And if anyone ever notices and asks him about his sandwich, you should be thrilled! I doubt anyone at my son's school would even notice.

Posted on: Fri, 08/09/2002 - 2:42am
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I do send soynut butter sandwiches to school with my younger (non-PA, non-soy-allergic) son. I label the sandwich bag with a white sticker that says "Soy Butter" or "Soy Butter -- nut free" on it. (I don't write "SoyNut Butter" out of concern that someone will pick up on the word nut and get concerned.)
So far we've had no problems.
Debbie

Posted on: Fri, 08/09/2002 - 2:49am
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Ditto what DRobbins does. I do exactly that.
Carolyn
P.S. Cayley is in a peanut-free school, so there are no PB sandwiches to mix the soy butter with. I've let the other parents know about soy butter as a PB replacement.

Posted on: Fri, 08/09/2002 - 3:31am
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My son is not old enough yet for school, but I did spend 20 minutes yesterday trying to explain to my 6 year old niece that my son was eating soynut butter NOT peanut butter. She was very concerned about it and it was hard for her to understand why it looked and smelled the same. I can imagine other children would have the same issues if they are aware of your child's allergy.
Jaime

Posted on: Fri, 08/09/2002 - 5:16am
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My dd eats alot of it too and starts preschool in Sept. We can opt for a longer day for an extra playtime to extend the day. I had decided not to open the can of worms and just keep soy butter at home. I think it can be confusing to others, especially children(these are young kids), and they run home and tell parents your kid is eating PB or something...and so on! I just decided for me it might complicate getting the safe messages out.
Oh, we only call it soy butter too! becca

Posted on: Fri, 08/09/2002 - 6:57am
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I never send it anywhere with my daughter out of the house. I am just too concerned that other people will be confused, or will totally forget she is allergic to peanuts. I so often wish I could send it, because it is such a great tasting and easy, non perishable sandwich to make. I do take it with me places for my two year old whose allergic status is unknown. If we are with anyone who knows our situation I always tell them it is soybean butter; although I don't think they really care! I would take it for my daughter if we were going somewhere as a family where we wouldn't be with other people. I just don't send her anywhere with it. A number of people on the boards have mentioned cream cheese and jelly as a sandwich option. I have sent that to school with my daughter a number of times. It looks quite different from pb & j so I'm not concerned about confusion. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam
p.s. If we had a peanut free school I would probably send it with a sticker as was suggested. Since we don't, however, I just want to avoid confusion.
[This message has been edited by California Mom (edited August 09, 2002).]

Posted on: Fri, 08/09/2002 - 7:54am
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We use pumpkin seed butter which is greenish, but I won't send it to school with my non-PA daughters. Too much confusion would probably ensue, after I've worked hard with their teachers concerning projects, activities or food that contains PB. They take precautions at school like taking an extra shirt and putting the cross-contaminated one in a baggy or something.
In our case, I'm sure the teachers would think I was being hypocritical about things if they thought our PSB&J sandwiches were really PB&J. We don't bring in look-a-likes to avoid the confusion.

Posted on: Mon, 08/12/2002 - 6:05am
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I no longer send it to school. My son almost ate a PB sandwich, thinking it was his soy sandwich when a classmate switched their sandwiches. The label is a good compromise, but my son (going into 4th grade) doesn't want soy butter after all that, and doesn't want his lunch to be labelled at all and draw attention daily to his PA.

Posted on: Mon, 08/12/2002 - 11:00am
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Thanks for all of your input and suggestions. I really like the idea of cream cheese and jelly, I think I will try that. As for the soybutter, I think I am going to wait a little while before I send it to school with my son. I wouldnt want to confuse people, or send the wrong message.
Thanks,
Beth

Posted on: Thu, 09/26/2002 - 12:32pm
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I wanted to share with everone an idea that I just came up with yesterday!!
So far, I have NOT sent soynut butter sandwiches to school with my son for fear of people confusing it with PB, or sending mixed messages. So, yesterday I got to thinking and came up with this idea:
I added some RED food coloring to some soynut butter and mixed it well. Then I spread it on bread with raspberry jelly, and the sandwich looked NOTHING like PB. In fact, it looked like a frosting and jelly sandwich. My son was so delighted!! I cant wait to try a different color, like green or blue!!
I also posted this note in the peanut free business section under the Sunbutter thread. If you haven't read about Sunbutter yet, check it out. I just heard about it a couple days ago, and I went to the web site to ask for a free sample. I cant wait to get it and try it out.
Please let me know what you think of my food coloring idea. Im curious to see if any of you think that this is a safe/unsafe idea.
Beth

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