A few weeks ago, I was called by the school because my son cried inconsolably. They said it was abnormal for a third grader to behave like that. What even concerned them more was when my child said, “Nobody cares…” Acting like I’m clueless as to what caused such reaction, I asked them what led to that incident. (Well, it just so happened that on my way, the class mom gave me a heads up and with genuine concern asked if my son is okay.)
- Children with food allergies like those with health issues have emotional stressors which regular kids their age don’t get to have.
- They don’t just eat like most do. Every label and ingredient must be scrutinized no matter how much they like it or hungry they are. Otherwise, they will experience painful physical consequences.
- They want to be part of the group and enjoy the same things as their friends. In reality, it is a challenge.
- While they are trying to accept their unusual condition, they don’t want to be a burden to others at the same time. Do you honestly think they enjoy seeing their moms bake cupcakes or make pizza at wee hours or realize that their friend didn’t bring his favorite food so that he can sit with him at lunch? Or being told that you were the reason why your class can’t have a treat when in reality there’s something all of you can enjoy together?