Magazine article Working Mother

Gluten-Free Festivities

Magazine article Working Mother

Gluten-Free Festivities

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Reexamine the facts. Help your school-age child understand why, though there's lots of temptation at this time of year, he must avoid gluten-containing products like cookies, cakes and pies. Hopefully, he's already experienced the pluses of feeling better on his current food regime. Remind him of how he felt before avoiding gluten- oh, those chronic tummy aches-and how much better he feels now.

Team up with the teacher. Be aware of what goes on at school over the holidays. You and your child's teacher (and maybe other parents of kids with food sensitivities) can work together to provide treats that are yummy and free of gluten, peanuts and such. There are many wheat-free sweets and baking mixes on the market. At the very least, make sure your child has a favorite treat to eat instead of what's offered.

Plan ahead with family. Sure, bring some of your child's favorite gluten-free dishes to the family dinner. …

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