A Year of Growth
I knew this day would come. We’re preparing for preschool for my allergic child. It’s a scary thought. I’m trusting a complete stranger in the care of a child where literally, one mistake could kill him. I’m not being over dramatic. It’s scary. It’s real.
This last year I’ve seen my little one grow and develop. He’s mastered counting, heck today he counted to 29. He’s very chatty and talks using some amazing vocabulary. He now even dresses himself. Yes, this year I’ve seen many of the typical development of a now 4 year-old.
What isn’t typical in his development? He asks if his food is safe for him to eat. And even more than that, he specifically asks about his specific allergies (milk, wheat, eggs, nuts). He knows if any of that is in his food, he doesn’t eat it. If he ever wonders if he can eat it, he asks. It’s pretty amazing that he knows his limits and has accepted them just as one would accept they shouldn’t eat grass.
All of this helps me feel more comfortable sending him to preschool. He not only is ready academically but, he’s as ready as he can be with regards to his unique situation. And really, that’s a relief. The adults have to protect him, but it’s nice to see he’s taking an active role in being safe.