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Are Peanut Butter Cheerios a Bad Idea?

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Peanut butter and Cheerios are two kid favorites, but some parents don’t think they belong together. In a recent interview Gina Clowes, founder of Allergy Moms, said that some parents are opposed to the new Multi Grain Cheerios Peanut Butter cereal, because they are worried that the popular toddler snack could accidentally fall into the hands of a peanut-allergic child. Although there’s an allergy warning on the box, it’s difficult to see the difference between peanut butter Cheerios and regular Cheerios.

“It has become the norm to have toddlers walking around with bags of cereal to snack on,” she told the The Washington Post. “Toddlers are notoriously messy eaters. It [would] be difficult to distinguish this variety from ones that are ‘safe’ and one misplaced peanut butter Cheerio can cause a serious reaction.”

My child doesn’t appear to be allergic to peanuts, but I can absolutely sympathize with Clowes and the other moms of the estimated 8 percent of American children who have food allergies. Peanut allergies terrify me–so much so that Mason only recently tried peanut butter because my mother-in-law accidentally gave it to him. Last week’s horrible story about Ammaria Johnson, the 7-year-old Virginia girl who died at school of an anaphylactic reaction, suspected to be caused by peanuts, still haunts me.

What’s the best solution here? I’m torn. I don’t think it’s right to boycott peanut-butter containing snacks, but I know first-hand how easy it is for peanut-containing snacks to get into schools. Mason’s daycare is a “peanut-free zone”–there are signs posted everywhere–yet parents still bring peanut butter treats into their child’s classroom. And every time we have a play date Mason and his little buddies delight in sharing snacks.

What do you think? Should parents boycott peanut-butter containing snacks? Should schools come up with stricter rules about what foods can and cannot be brought into schools? Or is it up to parents to manage what their kids eat?

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The Wonder of Cheerios

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Mason had never tried Cheerios until he started daycare last week. I have nothing against the stuff:  When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Honey-Nut Cheerios drenched in orange juice. We’re just not big cereal people in our household, so I never thought to buy a box. Apparently I’ve been depriving my kid of something fabulous.

On Bug’s second day of daycare the kids were just beginning their pre-breakfast snack of Cheerios when I dropped Mason off. I sat him down at the table with his classmates, the teacher offered Mason his share of the cereal, and he was overjoyed.

Ooooh, what’s this?

Cheerios! And these are all mine!

Mommy, look, Cheerios!!!

When I dropped him off yesterday morning, Bug barely noticed my departure because his teacher was handing out the small  Os. This morning, Cheerios immediately stopped Bug’s tears when he realized I was leaving, which made my departure so much easier. I was able to walk out the door happy because I knew my little boy was happy.

Mason’s enthusiasm over something so small is a great reminder to me to celebrate the little things in life. I’ve been thinking about what small thing I’m grateful for this week, and after the chilly, rainy weather we’ve had here in New York, I’d have to say it’s sunny mornings. This morning was warm and breezy, a lovely way to start the day. What about you? What small thing are you grateful for (besides your babe)?

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