From another from an Allergic Girl blog reader and a Worry-Free Dinners member.
We had a similar experience this week with my 3 1/2 year old at her preschool. As parents of allergic children, we are always hopeful that they are absorbing all of our cautions and explanations, but we are never sure as they are so young and it's such a big concept.
They made applesauce in her class, but forgot to tell me they were doing it so I was unable to double check the safety and give the go ahead for her to have it...and they don't feed her anything that I don't approve. So at snack time, all the children had applesauce and my daughter had her safe crackers. Naturally, I felt so bad for her, but she was not bothered in the slightest.
I asked her if she had wanted to try the applesauce to which she responded, "Mommy, I didn't want that applesauce because I didn't know if it was safe and I don't eat anything that you don't check."
My heart skipped a beat! I went from feel sorry for her to feeling so incredibly proud of her!! I told her that she was such a big girl to understand her allergy and to be able to make such a big decision on her own!
We made another big deal of it at dinnertime when my husband was there to congratulate her and give her high 5's! It seems like a small thing, but in our world it was a huge moment!!
Keep these stories coming, they encourage all of us!