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Posted on: Sun, 10/03/2010 - 1:15pm
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Everyone here needs to read and re-read.
Children are excluded if we are complicit in the exclusion.
Enable the food use and enable the discrimination, for your own child and others as well -- now and for years to come.

Posted on: Mon, 11/15/2010 - 2:32am
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My son has a peanut allergy and we always have to watch what enters our house or what we send to school. So I was delighted when I found www.grandpascoffeecakes.com
We just received our large banana chocolate chip coffee cake that has no nuts (dairy free too). My son loved every last crumb of that cake which my family polished off in a couple of days. I saw that they had portion control sizes on their site so I will order a bunch of those and freeze them till needed. I am thrilled grandpascoffeecakes.com is a dedicated no nuts bakery so I don't have to worry. I hope your experience will be as positive as mine was.

Posted on: Wed, 05/11/2011 - 1:46pm
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(Please ignore the idiotic food-hawking SPAM post above. This site doesn't seem to monitor those.)
Re-raising for current conversations as part of Food Allergy Awareness Week.
Be AWARE of how you enable the discrimination and potential risk to EVERY child when you provide supposed "safe" treats . . . for your own child or the "entire" class . . .
EXCLUDE THE FOOD, NOT THE CHILD!

Posted on: Thu, 06/09/2011 - 10:36pm
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I think you all might be overreacting. I have a peanut allergic son. I was all too happy to send in some safe treats for the lunch lady to keep in the kitchen at his preschool. I sent prepackaged oreos, chips ahoy. He loves those cookies and since we don't give him sweets constantly, it is a treat to him to get them. If a parent brought in something he could not eat, then they gave him the cookies. He never complained or looked unhappy about it.
In fact, there is a picture of the Valentine's party and some parent brought in store bought cookies that were processed with peanuts. So in the picture you see my son eating his oreo while the other kids eat the fancy Valentine cookies. He didn't look sad though. In the picture he was grinning ear to ear.
I think it is all about attitude. My son has had this allergy since birth. We just made it a way of life for him. You will not be able to have what everyone else has all the time. He totally accepts that. Maybe its because I am a vegetarian when everyone else I know is not. But its not a huge deal to me either. I often have had to make do with my vegetarianism. As long as I have something to eat I am usually happy.
My husband also has a shellfish allergy so we have been dealing with the food allergy issue long before we had our sons. I don't think it is all about making things 100% equal. Life is not like that. The sooner kids learn that the better.
My son is totally happy and is very accepted by his peers. As long as the kid gets some kind of treat they enjoy does it matter if it is not the exact same thing as everyone else? When their birthday came I sent in safe cupcakes for them. He got to eat that one. For class parties I try to sign up for cookies so I can make sure to get fancy cookies he can eat. But if not, he can just eat his oreos or chips ahoy.
We went to a lot of birthday parties and I always brought him oreos. He used to have an egg allergy too but outgrew it. He actually thought he was lucky because he got his oreos right away and did not have to wait on the birthday cake to get passed down the line to him.
You can't control everyone else. You can only control yourself. We just adjust and move on. My son is not going to need therapy over this. That is just silly. Now maybe if he had to sit there and get no treat, he might. But that is why I send in a safe treat. He is not missing out on anything that way.

Posted on: Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:14am
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Bumping.
Because there is NO excuse to NOT INCLUDE the child! And enabling the school to exclude by offering them a "safe treat" out on the LTFA parents' back is just plain wrong.
Food-free classrooms, rewards, incentives, manipulatives, treats, parties, celebrations in school.
Period!

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