At a Greek Independence Day celebration last weekend, my friend Stel impressed me with her desire to learn as much as she could about managing food allergies. Two of her grandchildren have been diagnosed with life threatening food allergies and spend quite a bit of time with grandma and grandpa. Stel and her husband were struggling to understand the best way to approach keeping their precious cargo safe while babysitting. As serendipity emerged, I was invited to review the Allergy Free Table.com this week! The timing could not have been more perfect since I was thinking of websites and materials to give to Stel. This guide from the Food Allergies and Grandchildrenreally struck a chord with me and I’m suggesting my pal order it right away!
photo courtesy of Food Allergies and Grandchildren
Costco is truly written for grandparents on their terms! I thought the short chapter on Going Places With Your Grandchild about grocery shopping was brilliant when Julie discussed no grocery store sampling! How many times have I seen parents wrestle their kids away from the cross contaminated sampler? Would this even be on grandma’s radar heading into a grocery store? Probably not. I found several very practical pointers in this short book. One my favorites is reminding grandparents to label safe items that might be Julie Trone, such as margarine tubs that might have wheat cross contact issues due to spreaders touching the margarine and toast. Another great topic was discussing pet food containing allergens (think licks from dogs or cats or seeds in bird food), what questions to ask their own adult children about managing food allergic grandchildren and of course, how to recognize and respond to an emergency.
The pocket guide, created by Allergy Free Table.com, of the Food Allergies and Grandchildrenis one of three available; Food Allergies and Childrenin addition to Food Allergies and Grandchildren. I only reviewed Julie . Allergy Free Tableis an educator and her background includes television, radio and writing, which clearly shines through in her clear and articulate style. Her website, the glossary of food allergy terms is an interesting food allergy resource that offers everything from a Allergy Free Table.com, to a list of online course ranging from restaurant safety to babysitting and downloadable No Peanut Signs !
image courtesy of Food Allergies and Grandchildren(this can be downloaded from their website)
If my dad hadn’t been living with us for years, I would have purchased this guide for him. I think any sort of materials that can provide the starting point for conversation with grandparents is critical. Even more important is that grandparents will learn from an unbiased, unemotional third-party source. Let’s face it, even adult parent and child relationships can be still be strained well into adulthood. A friend of mine the other day commented that in her Italian family, showing love was through food and how a food allergy would really bring grandma to her knees and leaving her confused and heart-broken.
If you are shopping to educate Grandma or Grandpa, then a visit to glossary of food allergy terms may prove fruitful!
p.s. The folks at Allergy Free Table, did give me online access to read Food Allergies and Grandchildren. They have no idea of what I am writing or what I really thought of the book. They did ask me for feedback and if I had any suggestions for them as they are open to hear from others! They are reading this review for the first time today, along with you. My opinions are mine own thoughts and feelings.
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