The other day I posted a little bit of information showing you my sitter folder. Here are a few more thoughts to expound on that post just a little bit.
It is really important to educate any and all of your children’s care takers no matter who they are: family, friends, sitters, schools, or daycares. They need to at least be willing to follow your instructions even if they think you are a bit controlling or crazy. We have been blessed with family who support us in this endeavor. I can never put it into words the support my mother has given me over the years. If you are reading this, thank you so much.
Something to realize, while we are on this note, not everyone will understand or support you. This will be hard to deal with and require a great amount of maturity on your part. There are a few people in our lives that think we are making this all up and don’t understand what the “big deal” is. Do your best to educate, but do not become stressed and worry too much about it. This is coming from a person who always puts too much value on what other people think; trust me you will be better off learning to let it go. It is hard enough to deal with the allergy needs as it is. With that said, let’s move on to some helpful hints.
- When it comes to preparing food show them where the safe food is, as well as, where the safe kitchen supplies and utensils are. If you already have separate sections marked it should be easy. It would be a good idea to put create directions and put them in your folder.
- When you are traveling, it is safest and easiest to keep your children’s food in a cooler or crate. When we visit my family we will leave crates of food in the kitchen out of the way, but in an easy place for anyone to get safe food for Little Miss. This has proved to be a wise move on our part because my parents have a revolving door and always have company. When other people have come to the house, while we have been out, they have been told about the crates. EVERYONE knows anything there is safe!
- Keep notes out. While this may seem simple, sometimes when family is visiting from out of town it is too easy to forget if you are heading out. Even if family has been taking care of your children for awhile and are familiar with their allergies, it is best not to assume. They may need to reference a list to be sure or remember something.
These are just a few more thoughts to help you with family and friends.
Until next time,