When your child has food allergies, here are 5 important things you need to do after the holidays:
1.Be sure to remind others about food allergy safety. After the long winter break, it’s the perfect time to remind teachers, classmates and their parents about food allergy safety. And remember, Valentine’s Day is coming up next month! Be sure to talk to the teacher about events for the party and discuss allergy-friendly options so your child can safely participate in the fun.
2.New Year’s is always a great time to reflect on changes that need to be taken. Do you struggle with having medical or other food allergy information organized so you can quickly find it? Do you need to make a medicine kit bag that has your child’s medication and their allergy action plan?
Also, what are some things you need to do, but have been putting off? Scheduling the allergist appointment? Role-playing situations with your child to help them feel more prepared? Practicing using the epinephrine so you feel more confident in an emergency? Make your to-do list and start checking these things off.
3.Thank the people who helped make the holidays safe for your child. Send a handwritten card to family, school staff, even the restaurant down the street…thanking them for helping to keep your child safe and included. Everyone loves to feel appreciated, don’t overlook this opportunity to send some kind words of appreciation.
4.Continue learning and advocating by downloading helpful resources. FAACT has recently updated their school guides and curriculum (it will be released next week)! These are FREE resources that help educate the staff and also classmates about food allergies. These materials look really good, and I’m not just saying that because I helped redesign them. 😉 Visit: FoodAllergyAwareness.org for more information about these resources.
Do you need tips to help work together with your child’s school? Be sure to check out my book Allergies at School*, that’s available at Amazon. This resource is not only helpful to parents, but also school staff.
Are there any other areas that you need education on or want to help educate others? Check out the different organizations and see what resources they have available to you. This includes dining out, traveling and more.
5. Take some “ME time”. The holidays can be exciting, but sometimes all the baking, travelling, parties, etc. can leave one feeling a little drained. You did a great job, and now it’s time to make sure you get recharged. Go get a spa service, relax with friends, find a new hobby, join a local support group, start taking that exercise class at the gym, or just read a new book. Do something that is “just for you”.
It’s easy to focus on caring for others and forget about ourselves sometimes. But you’ll find you are a happier and more effective parent when you take the time to make sure you are also taking care of you.
So…which one are you going to do first? Be sure to comment below at let me know!
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