As a follow up to my recent article about how to keep your child gluten free this school year, I wanted to add some input on the kids themselves. Kids have a hard time being different, even when the difference only lies in the foods they eat. Here are a few more ways you can make going back to school easier for gluten free kids.
The More They Know
Kids love to educate other kids, and they love educating adults even more. The first step to making your gluten free kids more comfortable with their differences is to make sure they understand them. A child will be less shy when answering questions if they are confident of the answers. Make sure your child understands why they are gluten free, what it entails and that it's okay to talk about it.
Celebrate the Difference
Ask your child's teacher if it would be alright to sample some gluten free snacks in class. Schedule a special time for your gluten free party and have your child plan the menu. No one is different when everyone is eating the same gluten free food.
Establish an open line of communication with your child to discuss their feelings on being gluten free, both at school or in the home. Some kids carry the baggage of being different in a heavy way while others barely notice it. Make sure you know where your child fits on the scale and try to lighten the load in any way you can.
Children are our most precious asset. A little understanding and preparation will go a long way in ensuring they stay that way.
On a side note: I am currently conducting online interviews with gluten free kids for publication on Examiner.com. If you are interested, please visit www.lostscribe.webs.com and click the Gluten Free Kids link.
Thought for the day: Apple cinnamon nut clusters from True North are great!