The school my kids go to is totally nut-free — no peanuts, treenuts, almonds, cashews etc allowed on school property. For a family who has no nut allergy and a daughter who is obsessed with peanut butter, this may be an inconvenience for us.
It’s not though — I can understand a bit the world of food allergies and trying our best to protect our kids. While mine don’t have food allergies, Raru has inherited celiac disease thanks to me and she has to navigate the world worrying about coming in to contact (direct or cross-contamination) with gluten and all the variations of it. I worry for her — she reacts to quite a little bit and she is young and still learning to ask all the questions.
It’s not as immediately dangerous as an anaphylactic peanut allergy so I can understand why schools will never be required to be gluten-free, though I am thankful (for the moms and kids who have to deal with an anaphylactic allergy) the schools here take their student’s safety seriously. There is a lot of misunderstanding and lack of compassion from parents who don’t have to worry about food and their children and a very real possibility of harm coming to them simply from a cookie.
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