Though the media can make it seem as though there’s a battle raging between parents of kids with food allergies and those whose children can eat whatever they want, with poor peanut butter and jelly sandwiches caught in the crossfire, that hasn’t been the experience for me or my allergic kid.

There was the mom who sent in fresh fruit in addition to cupcakes for a classroom birthday party so Amelia could have some of what her friends were enjoying; the school principal who met with us twice before Amelia even started kindergarten; and the hostess who emailed ahead of time to okay a particular snack she planned to offer A during a movie-and-hang-out afternoon with her son.

Most recently, our lovely neighbor asked for an Amelia-safe cookie recipe so she could serve them at a tea party for 15 girls. I directed her to The Food Allergy Mama’s dairy, egg, and nut-free sugar cookies—easy, incredibly delicious, buttery-esque (honestly), and customizable to whatever cookie-cutter shape you happen to have lying around your kitchen.

Above, see Amelia going back for thirds.

Andrea Pyros writes often about parenting for publications including Mint, LearnVest and Sesame Street Family. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley and is the mother to two children, one of whom has food allergies and the other of whom refuses to eat eggs even though he can. 


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