I love celebrations. I love to celebrate the big things, the seemingly small things and everything in between. I love to get excited for others and I love how coming together with a group of people can help make one person (or a few people) feel really special.
Traditionally people celebrate holidays, birthdays, weddings, new babies, new jobs, retiring – the list really is endless. There are a million reasons to celebrate and there are a million different ways to celebrate. There always seems to be one key factor to any celebration though.
They usually centre around food. Cake, pie, cookies, dinners, lunches, breakfasts.
Lots of food.
When I was growing up I loved parties with cake, pies and cupcakes. I loved being a part of these celebrations. If a child has a birthday, parents bring cupcakes or cookies into the school to share the celebrations with their friends. If the school is celebrating or fundraising it is done with chocolate, bake sales and pizza parties. This is all great for the most part.
Until you have a child who has food issues. Then they are left out of everything.
I would love to see a change in the way we celebrate – especially when it comes to in school, in classroom events. I love that parents want to celebrate their kids birthdays in class – include their friends. However, I feel bad for my kids when the parents surprise the classroom with a batch of homemade or store bought peanut free cupcakes to share – only to have my child the only one who is left out.
Because she can’t eat gluten. She is singled out and will not feel included in the celebration. I am lucky in a way that I was not diagnosed until I was older – and could understand and not feel left out.
So, what would I like to see? I would love for you to consider – if you are wanting to celebrate in the classroom – to bring something outside of a food group to share. Stickers, themed pencils, arts and crafts – not food - so no child feels left out of the celebrations.
|check out today’s post on Being Pregnant Blog: 15 Ridiculously Bad Cakes Celebrating Pregnancy|
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