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Gina Clowes: Parenting Coach

Staying Allergy-Safe Over the Holidays

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It can be hard to ask for what our child needs. Others judge us or say we’re going to extremes, and we don’t have the liberty of “proving” what can happen if they make a mistake. Ask with kindness and a positive expectation; anticipate mistakes, as they will occur; and model for your child how to come up with a Plan B or Plan C.

Rather than spending a holiday sad or angry, ultimately, you want your child to be empowered to stand up for himself, nicely, to make things right. So model this for your child this season, and show him how to have a happy holiday!

Gina Clowes is a certified master life coach who specializes in the needs of parents of children with food allergies She is the founder of the online support group AllergyMoms.com, serving thousands worldwide.

Related Reading: The Holiday Snack Tray and Allergies

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