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- Give your child control. Information is power and if you can give your child good reasons for eating gluten-free, he/she will make good choices when called upon to do that.
- Get the word out! Tell teachers, childminder, relatives, friend's parents so that there can be safe provisions made for your child with a GF alternative to regular treats and meals away from home. Make sure they know how important it is for your child to stick to their GF diet.
- Review with your child how to explain they are GF. He might want to start out with "I'm allergic to gluten". She will be safer the more she is comfortable talking about being gluten-free.
- Come up with Alternatives. Don't expect to trade off brownies with broccoli! This site and others online will give you GF recipes that taste similar to the foods they love.
- Send their GF Faves with Them Send gluten-free replacement foods along with your child when they are invited to sleepovers or birthday parties. Let the parent-in-charge know in advance.
- The GF School Stash. Give your child's teacher a variety of GF treats to put away and bring out when the other kids are having the usual treats in celebration, etc. so your child won't feel left out.
- Working with Natural Consequences VS Guilt and Shame: We all make mistakes. If your child accidentally or purposely eats some gluten-containing food, don't make a big deal of it. If he feels lousy as a result, you might want to point that out.
- Stay in the "Normal" Zone: This is probably a bigger deal for you than it is for your child, so keep some perspective. Your child has a "normal" life happening with friends, pets, computer games, and recess. Children frequently just use food as fuel (remember?) while we adults tend to be a little too food-fixated.
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