I dont post here often but read daily. However I wanted to share my pride in my 4 1/2 year old. From the beginning we have taught him to be cautious and be sure his foods are safe. He will now question anyone who tries to give him any food. He often questions his preschool teachers.
His grandmother kept him yesterday and said she offered him pretzels..He asked her if they had peanuts, she checked said they were ok, but he said I think I will have my own chips. Then grandpa offered a piece of candy and he asked Is it safe for me or does it hide peanuts. They decided they werent sure and he said he didnt want them. I am so proud of him that he asked and kept everyone on their toes! ( though I do wish they hadnt offered and just stick with what I sent)
On Dec 15, 2007
Congratulations! You have every reason to be proud. It sounds like you have done a great job teaching your son to be cautious. As I am just now starting to teach my daughter to question every food she is offered, I can only hope I will do as good of a job as you have...
On Jan 2, 2008
That's great!! I have a similar story about my little boy, who was also 4 when this happened. He was swimming at the pool with his Daddy when a lady (our neighbor)offered him some kind of chex mix. My husband was sitting behind them and decided to listen to see what his response would be. DS asked, "does it have peanuts in it?" and the neighbor looked at the picture on the front of the box and said, "no". So....then my son says, "Well does it have peanut TRACES in it?"....the lady looked a bit baffled and turned the box around to read the ingredients. To her surprise, it DID contain traces of peanuts, so she said, "well, yes actually it does!" So, my son said he couldn't have it. When my hubby got home and told me about it, I was so proud of him!!
On Jan 3, 2008
My son was also 4 when crabbing with his dad and a stranger offered him a cookie - to which he politely replied no thank you. Which was great, however the lady kept at him so he had to say no a few times. UG.
He also has had to stand up to his preschool teachers - we have since about 2 months after we were diag. told him no food except from us period. They forget and tell him it's just fruit you have to eat it. He says no and then tells me about it and I go talk to the teacher. And say well what if the parent threw in some raisins - not all raisins are safe what if they were eating peanuts while they were chopping up the fruit? Then they go oh and remember again for a few months.
I am very proud but also a little sad sometimes that he has had to grow up so quickly and sad I am not always there to protect him. I do hope that it will serve him well later in life.
On Jan 3, 2008
It's tough having to teach your little one to be so mature about such a serious matter. My daughter had to learn at about the age of 4 to be extremely careful about accepting food from her grandpa (my dad) because he was in the early stages of Alzheimer's and couldn't remember not to give her anything with milk or peanuts in it (and peanut butter was one of his favorite foods!). Fortunately, my mom was very good about watching over both of them when we weren't there ourselves.
On Jan 3, 2008
That is so encouraging to me. Jacob just turned 2 and I hope that he will be as careful at age 4 as your kids are. It is sad that we can't always be there to protect them. I can't even think far enough ahead to think of preschool and school. It will be very hard for me to let go and trust others with my son's life.