This is one of my two top goals when we develop my 12-year-old daughter’s food allergy 504 plan for school. We work towards prevention of cross-contact with tree nuts and emergency response. Learning never stops for families managing life threatening food allergies and I picked up an awesome tip the other day from Sara C: buy inexpensive Dollar Tree stickers of one theme and use those as your secret code indicating your child’s safe foods–which so often look like everyone else’s food. So, needless to say, I ran out and spent $1.00 and picked up a 300 butterfly sticker set and went to town on my daughter’s lunch. Now, all those sandwiches looking alike (her reusable containers as well) boast a butterfly sticker. Her tween comment to me about this change was, “hum, embarrassing but full of love”.
Pay attention. Schools in my town are over crowded. Students are squeezed in at long tables and those invisible circles of space we all live in are dissolved. Grabbing someone else’s food is common place these days. Now, she has a quick, one glance system to ensure she is eating the right grub.
Playing it cool. Although, I think I need to find animal stickers once we work through this large packet of stickers. I guess butterflies are “so yesterday” for her age group. She is not a boy band fan and asked for the Nevada State Seal for her birthday. Maybe I need to see if there are Nevada State Seal stickers out there?