At play Archive

Valentine’s Day, like most holidays, can be a cringe-worthy event for food allergy mamas like me. With boxes of allergen-laden candy taking center stage in our commercially-inspired celebrations, we must plan ahead to ensure our kiddos are safe and included, ideally with some food-free fun. This year, I found a cool, fun, allergen-friendly Valentine idea that is sure to be a hit with the kids: the tie-dyed Valentine’s Day card!

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Halloween. All Hallows’ Eve. All Saints’ Eve. It has many names and many meanings. But what about Halloween with food allergies? For some families, with all of the candy, traditions and celebrations inherent in the holiday, Halloween is the hardest to manage. Last year, I started crafting a plan months before Halloween’s arrival. And it was one of our best holiday celebrations ever!

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Cultivating a love of music in our children when they are young is important for so many reasons. It not only lays the foundation for learning how to play instruments, but also can create a soothing environment and influence brain activity. When my son was younger, we were lucky to find Beth Frook, the director of Little Hands. Beth has such a wonderful way with children–and their parents!–that makes even the most timid want to jump up and sing. While families are running around in so many different directions these days, good old playtime gets lost in the shuffle. It’s only appropriate that “Miss Beth” is the subject of my first interview. I hope I’m able to capture what I love about her and give you tips for instilling a love of music in your children as well.

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