how do you handle dinner parties?

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My daughter is only 2, so it is very easy to pack her own food to take to dinner parties and meals with our friends and family. However, do you (the parent) eat everything offered? Or do you try to stick to safe food? Do you question ingredients even if your child is not going to eat it?

I'm trying to figure out how to handle this in the future so that my child feels as supported as possible, but I don't seem totally rude to the host....

By BestAllergySites on Mar 22, 2010

This is a comfort zone thing.

We personally DO eat items my son is allergic to out of our home (restaurants etc.).

However, when eating at others--our friends/family know not to serve items my son is allergic to.

I do believe in inclusivity--(especially in school like classroom bday parties etc.)but also believe in teaching children from a young age that there are things they won't always be able to eat.

When they learn this young--they have a better grasp on it.

So, I wouldn't put your child in a dangerous situation if you go to a friends and there is peanut butter everywhere. But I would teach your child that what you or a sibling can eat might be different and that's life.

It's a harsh reality--but children do need to get used to it in small doses.

Hope that helps!

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