As the mother of two teenaged sons with life-threatening food allergies, I have wrestled with all the above questions. Through my personal experiences and my connections to others with similar experiences, I was inspired to develop this workshop: Empowering Children With Food Allergies: Passing the Food Allergy Baton.
I have spent a lot of time identifying concerns and real struggles of parents, just like you.
One common theme is fear. We fear our children going to school, attending parties, advocating for themselves and having a reaction when we aren’t around. As a food allergy mom, I have experienced this fear first hand. While I can’t say this road is easy, I have realized that living with food allergies is doable with education and being proactive.
Through my research on empowering children with food allergies, I recognized an important omission which is real-life examples of how other people navigated various challenges. I began gathering and analyzing examples from our life as well as examples from people in my book, A Little Bit CAN Hurt, and support network.
As a result, I developed a presentation on how parents of children and teens can successfully navigate food allergies which I presented at the S.A.F.E. Food Pantry Educational Session. This presentation has helped other parents to learn valuable tools through which to help their children be safe and strong.