Taking Care of Your Family During the Holidays when Your Child Has Food Allergies
Holiday Survival Tips
On top of the usual holiday shopping and baking routines, we find ourselves jumping through the extra hoops of baking and cooking for our children's special events at school; attending the events to make sure they are safe; planning and attending family or social gatherings; and probably even coordinating visits to relatives or making other out-of-town travel plans. Many of us also do some extra shopping and gift giving for those special people who've taken such good care of our children at school, in daycare or at home. It's no wonder we feel overwhelmed!
Do set aside some special "me" time at this time of year. This benefits, not only yourself, but also your families. Take a little time to rejuvenate so you can really celebrate the joy of the season and the success you've had in raising and caring for your child. Find a way to relax that works best for you, whether it's taking a bubble bath, going to the gym, or just stealing some alone time to shop without children in tow. Creating this special time will reinvigorate you. You've no doubt worked hard all year long and you deserve it!
In all of the hustle and bustle at this time of year, do not let your guard down regarding safety. Be sure to inform restaurants, party hosts and family members of your child's food allergies. Don't take any chances: verify all ingredients and read all labels to ensure safety. Be alert for open food displays, especially nuts, candies and chocolates, in unexpected places like stores and offices. Many stores this time of year have samples out to boost sales of those food products. We must remain observant and vigilant at this time of year to keep our children safe.
Resources to Help You with Holidays
- Free Guides to Celebrating Holidays: Holiday booklets from KFA take the focus away from food during the holidays. These booklets are filled with allergy-safe activities, crafts and recipes for Valentine's Day, Easter, Passover, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Christmas.
- Safe Eats™ Recipes: Over 1,000 allergy-friendly recipes to help you create holiday menus safe for your family.
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