Chilling out by the pool today doing some mom-to-mom chat….when all of a sudden, HYPER-PARENT ALERT. Helicopter coming down, watch out hovering happening.
First let me say, MY son has a nut allergy. It is an unfortunate thing and a real pain in the butt, however I clearly realize not everyone has been struck with this lousy fortune. Why should Tyler, Megan, or Jennifer suffer if they DON”T have the allergy?
That is exactly what some moms seem to think. I guess, if their kid has to suffer, then they all do.
In my daughter’s preschool last year we had a couple of kids with nut allergies. All lunches and snacks needed to be nut free. Let me tell you, it was a challenge to avoid the simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich on those last-minute days, but we managed. I went with it giving the school the benefit of the doubt since the preschool kids ate lunch in their classroom.
BUT, here we were today talking about grade school. Moms are calling the school requesting the public grade school become a nut-free school. Helicopter beginning to hover. REALLY? Now, come on. Let’s get serious here. If we forbid all kids to bring nuts to school we are basically teaching these kids with nut allergies nothing. We are putting them in danger when they are NOT in school because guess what, there are nuts out there. Then what?
My son has been taught from day one that he cannot have any nuts. He was taught to always ask before eating something. He was taught very early on to always read the ingredients and if he cannot read the ingredients, DO NOT EAT IT. He was taught to not trust that someone is correct in saying there are not nuts in something unless he can check for himself. Before he could read, he knew what TREE NUTS looked like in print. Of course with young children, the teacher and school should be aware. But they should be teaching and guiding them, not the other kids. Keeping all nuts from the school in my mind is not teaching them. Maybe it is teaching them to rely on people when they clearly should not. But that is about it.
What do you think? Should all schools become nut free?
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