Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Advice Giving

I belong to a yahoo group of mommies in my area. Often questions come up relating to the introduction of food to babies and food allergies. I always add my two cents. Some people are interested and follow up with questions but I feel most people (and this is perhaps just my perception) seem, well, skeptical. I sometimes feel scoffed at and lately almost mocked. Therefore, I have decided, and dear reader you may tell me that I am wrong in doing this, not to respond on this particular board to food related questions. At least for now. I am having a hard time putting myself out there lately and feeling slightly slapped in the face. Not full on back of the hand, more of a light flick. Just getting some "Back off Allergy Mom" kind of vibes.

Having been a kid who is teased and having a small child whom tells me tales of being left out at school, perhaps I am being a bit sensitive lately.


allergicmom said...

I'm in a similar group of local moms and I'm the allergy-mom in that group, too.

But I've helped a couple of moms whose kids developed major allergies, so I keep putting myself out there. I figure it's better to help if I can.

Angie said...

I totally understand. Sometimes you just have to retreat for a while. I've started feeling like I need to back off in telling every single person we meet about Max's allergies because I don't want him to feel that it's the MOST important thing about him.

ruth said...

Aww, that's so sad! I hope your decision is just temporary. As you see, there's still a long way to go in educating others about food allergies. You were doing your part in spreading information and that's commendable!

Ruth of Allergizer

Nafaka said...

I completely understand what you mean. I've had more than my share of full slaps on the face when I was just offering my experience and my story on blogs/websites that are there for people to share their experiences so that we can perhaps learn from each other. It's so frustrating when it seems that I'm NOT allowed to share my story. People can be so judgemental.

Hang in there. I've also withdrawn from posting comments nearly everywhere.

I'm here on your blog because I need ideas and advice and want to read about other mom's experiences with children who have food allergies.

Thank you for sharing your life with us. :D