By: Peter Sessum
I get it, your child is your special little snowflake and the most important person in the world to you. Unfortunately, your kid is just another of billions of children in the world to me and pretty much every other parent out there. As we move about the world we only occupy about one square meter of space. There is nothing wrong with thinking your one square meter, and that of your child, are the most important to you, but you can’t expect that of other people while saying their square meter doesn’t matter.
It must suck having a kid that is allergic to nuts. Your child will miss out on the simple joy of a proper peanut butter and jelly sandwich. There is nothing more synonymous with childhood eating. I suggest dipping one in milk, it is a life changing culinary event to a child. It saddens me to know that some children will never know that joy. Unfortunately, for the person posting signs, which I seriously hope are fake, the sign is not perceived as the act of a caring parent, but an obnoxious person raising an entitled brat.
When your kid has special concerns, it is your job to observe them, not the public’s. The idea that the neighborhood has to look out for the dietary needs of a single, faceless kid is ludicrous. Hundreds of children could visit a single home on Halloween so which one is your special little snowflake? Especially when they are already spending money on something to give to the little beggars. The entire situation is not only silly, but it is poor parenting. The lesson is that the world must change to fit you and not that you have to adapt to the world. This child is going to be in for a rude awakening someday.
There are, of course, better solutions and all of them are actually good parenting. First, take the preventive measure to have the trick or treat bag to have “allergic to nuts” clearly written on it. In fact, there is a good chance that there are other parents that would buy that so look for it next year. No fair stealing the idea before I can get it on Shark Tank and make my millions. Next, as a good parent you should be looking at your kid’s loot in the first place and removing the dangerous treats. It is called the “dad tax” and if you don’t know what it is you are failing your child. Third, if you want to be nice, buy a variety of acceptable treats and trade them out with you child. In the end, it is up to you to ensure your child doesn’t consume any normal treats that he or she is allergic to.
Hopefully, this sign is a hoax and not actually real. Of course, with the way some people are going, I would not at all be surprised if it was real. However, the overall message still stands. It is up to the parent to actually parent their own child. I say this as a parent of a child that has to be careful because she has asthma and has a retina issue. So it is up to me to make sure she is safe and not the responsibility of the school, district or other parents to make sure there are activities that she can do. While she is very special to me, in the large world she is just another special snowflake in a snowstorm, just like your kid. If you want it to be my responsibility to take care of your kid I’ll do it, but you might not like the fun things I teach the little snowflake when it gets home.