Thursday, February 14, 2013

Fun With Daisy Scouts!

As a mother of 2 boys, I sometimes feel outnumbered. Therefore, I was delighted to be invited by the local Daisy Scouts to a meeting which focused on being kind and considerate. Using the topic of food allergy as an example, we were able to address the issues of safety, inclusion/exclusion, bullying, how to be a good friend, and more. The girls offered up a whole host of ideas about how to celebrate special events without being food-centric, just in time for Valentine's Day!

In this one group of Daisy Scouts, there were allergies to milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts and fish! It was lovely to see the girls talk about how they pack special lunches so they can sit with their food-allergic friends and how they don't ever share food. One adorable little one demonstrated, arms outstretched, how she would come between a bully and her food-allergic pal! We did a drill of how to call for help if a friend is experiencing an allergic reaction, and familiarized ourselves with autoinjectable epinephrine.

The girls were great listeners and participants, and they presented me with a lovely card and a copy of the story they read aloud earlier in the meeting. It's called "The Bugabees - Friends with Food Allergies".

Thanks for inviting me, girls!

This story about friends with food allergies was a wonderful companion piece to the meeting about being kind and considerate.

1 comment:

  1. I love that you did this. My food allergic daughter is in a scouting group..what an opportunity to educate and develop compassion. Making a mental note....

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