Thursday, 27 September 2012
So, this morning I had the pleasure of reading another news article that yet again points out how insane the public school systems are becoming. Feel free to read this. Yes, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, according to this school, is considered a weapon. This I find interesting since you can't physically beat someone up with said sandwich. It is in fact, creamy, yummy peanut goodness with a hint of sweetness in the jelly. I hardly see this as a weapon, if anything I see this as a yummy treat, meal, or even a midnight snack.
Now, since we are in the process of starting our daughters testing and enrolling her into public school, we as parents had a long conversation with her just this week because she wanted to know what she was allergic to, what Daddy was allergic to, and what I'm allergic to. We went over her allergies and made sure she understood why she can't have certain foods. In short, she's really only allergic to oranges and raspberries, and only once did her daycare mess up and give her oranges. Yes, she broke out. Yes, we were a bit annoyed because it was filed in her paperwork, but she had the weekend off so in the long run she had time to get over her reaction before returning to her daycare the following Monday. Now, her reactions aren't that bad, just basically a rash that's not even itchy to her (but it looks horrible).
Anyways, whatever happened to parents educating their kids about their allergies and making them aware of it themselves? By the time your child hits kindergarten or even first grade your child should know about their allergies and how to use their words enough to know not to take certain things from others. When we had the incident with the daycare, our daughter was just learning how to use her words, so she didn't know to speak up like she does now. I think in general the schools want to put these kids in a bubble. Why should every child be punished over one allergy? Again, my daughter has an allergy to oranges, but I'm not yelling and screaming at the top of my lungs that all oranges and orange juice should be taken out of the schools. Yes, I understand peanut allergies are horrible. In fact, fish allergies can get pretty serious as well. I know this because my husband is highly allergic to certain types of fish. It's very rare to run into any adult who doesn't have an allergy of some sort. Realistically if you have an allergy you have to learn how to deal with it. Once you get into the workforce or even into college they aren't going say no one can have peanut butter just because you are allergic to it. Nope, they expect you to manage your allergy on your own. The other children shouldn't have to suffer because of everyone else. How about we go and teach these kids about how to manage their allergy and how to manage others having peanut butter around them? The earlier you teach your children about how to manage their allergies the better. Children do know how to handle themselves if you give them the shot to do so. A lot of these schools aren't even giving kids a chance to see if they can handle themselves. Instead, they just put them in a happy bubble where they don't have to worry.
As a parent who has a husband who has allergies and a daughter who has a few allergies as well, I do have to check what's in what and be careful about both my children(yes, I did just include my husband in with my daughter - LOL) but still I keep an eye on what comes into this house and who eats it. Since I handle the grocery shopping I tend to be aware of things, so of course if I pack my daughters lunch she won't have anything she's allergic to in it. And if I make dinner, I make sure to avoid making certain fish (unless my husband already has another dinner planned for himself). As of this week our daughter is aware of what she's not suppose to eat...and yes, I understand that kids do trade lunches and lunch items. I did it when I was a kid which is fine. BUT, if your child is educated and knows what they aren't suppose to have then they will know better than to trade one item for another one that they are allergic to.
In short, don't let the whole population of kids suffer because of allergies - give them a shot to use their voice and educate your children yourself about certain conditions they may have regardless of what it is. Give our kids a shot to be responsible for themselves instead of just shoving them into a bubble.
Do your kids have any food allergies? How do you deal with them in school?