Jack's sister Georgia is turning 10!! We will have a child in the double digits! It's crazy and scary at the same time. BUT, she's a pretty sweet girl with a big heart and we will celebrate in a cupcake and cookie kind of way!
With Valentine's Day approaching, we are also preparing for Georgia's birthday as it's on the 13th.
When I bake at home, it's ALL GLUTEN-FREE. BUT, being that Georgia was wanting to take cupcakes to her class today, I asked what she wanted and she wanted cupcakes. I usually bake GF ones, but with 3 snow days this week and making 40 gluten-free pancakes for Jack's class, I opted to buy some super cool "gluten" ones from the store. See, she's not 100% gluten-free. She eats what I make at home and has some gluten-free
|Georgia and her Lil' Bro, Jack - August 2007|
|Two Peas in Pod - Georgia and Jack - Fall 2010|
So with that said, here are some tips to help siblings transition as well and to be supportive:
- Make sure to say "thank you" to your child for giving up a certain treat or waiting until later for a gluten snack
- Make time to take the non-celiac sibling out for a treat they have been wanting - for example, Georgia loves getting ice cream with a cone, so we may do that on our own. When Jack is with us, she gets her ice cream in a cup.
- Explain the disease to your children and let them know that it's a hereditary disease, so they understand that anyone in the family can have celiac disease.
- Go grocery shopping together - find foods the whole family can enjoy.
- Lastly, stay positive when talking to your children about a gluten-free diet. Encourage siblings to try gluten-free bread, etc. Because as they get older, most likely dinner time will be gluten-free for everyone!