I was surprised how much my daughter loved the American Girl doll her grandmother bought her for her seventh birthday, since Amelia had been completely uninterested in Barbie, Groovy Girls, princesses, and all other dolls up until then. Go figure.
When I showed her that American Girl made a special Allergy-Free Lunch set, which comes with pretend food and a faux allergy shot, she was really happy. It’s nice to have a mega-brand normalize what can often feel “weird” or “embarrassing” to my kid.
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.