I think we can all admit that it is difficult to be different. No one wants to be the person that everyone looks to as being odd or unusual, especially a child.
I know there are much worst things than eating gluten free, but to a child that is continually faced with challenges and questions about they way they eat, it can often times be overwhelming.
And as a parent it is hard to sit back and watch our children struggle with it. It is also hard to help them overcome that feeling, when we often struggle with it ourselves.
Yes, I will admit that I have struggled with the being different issue when it comes to gluten free eating, so I know my kids struggle with it on a much greater level.
So, how do we help them overcome and deal with this issue? Here are a few of my tips.
- Let them know that is it okay to be different. The world is filled with all kinds of people, with all kinds of needs, and we are all different in our own way. It would be a boring world if we were all the same.
- Try to help them understand that there are much worse things to deal with in life than having to eat gluten free. This is harder with really young children, but I have found that pointing out examples of people struggling with much worse difficulties often helps here.
- Help them understand that their health comes first and they have to remember that. It is just not worth eating that cookie or sandwich that someone is offering you if it means getting sick. It is okay to eat different than everyone else because it keeps them safe.
- Focus on the positive. Remind them of all the things that they can still have.
What tips do you have for helping our kids to understand that it is okay to be different when it comes to eating gluten free?
For more great gluten free information and giveaways please visit the other bloggers joining in on the 10 Days of Gluten Free.
Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker
Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House
Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog
Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat
Frugal Tips – Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal
Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl
Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free
Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva
Shopping – Laura @ Gluten Free PantryI hope you will join us for 10 Days of Gluten Free! GIVEAWAY OVER EMMA’S COMMENT ON THE PLAGHDOUGH POST WON. Winner chosen by Random.org
And here are the details for my giveaway.
I am giving away one $25 Bob’s Red Mill gift card that is good for their online store and one copy of my Cooking 101 For Kids ebook to one reader.
- This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.
- You are allowed one entry per “10 Days of Gluten Free” blog post for a total of 10 entries on this blog.
- Enter by leaving a comment on this post (and other 10 Days of GF posts)
- The giveaway begins May 7, 2012 and ends at 11:59 pm eastern time on May 18, 2012.
- No purchase is necessary. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries. The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.