Tag: children

it's the act that counts

I’m Against ID Bracelets. How About You?

People love allergy bracelets for their kids. I don’t.  I think they do far more harm than good. But first, what is it?  It’s a bracelet that your child wears that lists all their allergens so that adults who interact with them will be aware of what can trigger a reaction.  (For those who don’t…
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I Need A Drink Now!

Someone needs to explain to me why parents of kids say the following in front of them: “I can’t wait for the weekend to get trashed.” “Is it only 10:30? I need a drink now.” “Where’s that glass of wine? -Trying to do math with my son.” All I can think when I hear this…
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Is Your Allergic Child Disabled?

Regardless of how you answered that question, it is a fact that many parents with children with allergies treat their children as disabled.   We think they cannot do for themselves. We feel the need to protect them. We demand that others accommodate their disability. It’s interesting, isn’t it? We live in an era when we…
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Picky Eaters and the Parents Who Make Them

“He’s just a picky eater. He only likes cheerios but you have to give it to him in a plastic bag. He refuses to eat it out of a cup and he’ll only take it from me.” I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard parents say in front of their children that…
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Pee Gate

We went to a one year old birthday party in our friend’s home. Our two year old had an accident on the carpet- we cleaned it up. We get a bill for professional carpet cleaning for the entire room after the party. As a host, would you charge for the cleaning? As a guest, would…
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Raising Children- Basics We Can’t Do Without

Help! What did I get myself into? We are flooded with what we need to do as parents for our children: give them activities, have a sense of humor, feed them well, make sure they sleep enough and have great friends, etc.   All true. But what are the basics that we truly can’t do without?…
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Help Kids Be Leaders Without Helping Them!

We all want our kids to be leaders- to be able to lead others or stand up for themselves.  Here’s my top five how tos.  What’s yours? Let Kids Make Mistakes: Mistakes build character. They teach us that we can overcome. Don’t Help: You read it right. Don’t help your child. Let them figure it out themselves. Always…
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Have No Fear: Be Free

I won’t sign a petition to make a camp peanut free. I’m not demanding that local schools have egg free options on the menu. And next week at our friend’s holiday party, I’m not expecting a special dairy free dessert. Just because my child has allergies, the world doesn’t have to stop operating as it does…
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