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Name: KathyK
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I have a question for all of you mom's. I want to know what you do when your child has a play date at someone else's house and the mom gives your child a snack or snacks that have alot of sugar in it. You can't expect the mom to not have this stuff or not give it to their child, but if your child gets wild once he eats it, how do you explain to the other mom that he can't have all of that sugar? It is not fair for him to not have snacks too! Do you send snacks with them on their play dates or what do you do?
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Name: Bluebird | Date: Feb 3rd, 2007 4:35 PM
That parent can give their child whatever snack they want. Since you know the impact sugar has on your child, there are a couple things you can do: Yes, you may send your own snack or stress to the parent that "my child is on a sugar controlled diet, what are some things you are going to be giving at snack time?" See what she says and take it from there. Do not allow your child to miss out, but also don't put yourself through the stress and worry about thinking how your child will be acting when you are not there. It took me a long time to get the snack thing under control. My son has been on a low sugar diet since he was four years old. He is 8 now and he is just getting to realize what he can and can not eat. I do however still stress to play date mothers my concerns. 

Name: KathyK | Date: Feb 3rd, 2007 4:51 PM
Bluebird,
Thanks for the information. I don't want my son to miss out on playdates that is for sure. I am going to talk to the mom and tell her that he can't have alot of sugary snacks and see what she says. If she says she has something else she can give him that would be great, if not, then I will bring something from home. I am really grateful for this forum, it has helped me alot. I have been doing alot of research about adhd so that I know exactly what to expect and what is available to my son.
Thanks again 

Name: riggerswife | Date: Feb 19th, 2007 9:35 PM
Hi Kathy like you I have my son on a low sugar and color/dye free diet what a difference in my child. I can sure tell when he has had something he shouldn't especially Tartrazine that is the worst dye ever and should not be given to children with ADHD . Instead of telling parents my son can't have sugar or dye I say he has a intolerance to it and then parents seem to take you more serious as they are not sure the outsome if they give it to my child. I often send a fun yet healthy snack for both their child and mine as a way of saying thanks for the playday. It doesn't take long for your child to realize what they can and can't have and I honestly belive my son no longer likes the feeling he gets from the NO foods. He will even phone me from school and ask if he is unsure and he is only 5 . We have been doing the no sugar no dye for about 18mths. Good Luck!!! 

Name: kiki7 | Date: Feb 25th, 2007 11:57 AM
Take the initiative to send a snack for the kids- that way you are making sure your child has an acceptable snack, without offending the parents. Would you go to someones house empty handed for dinner? No- of course not, so why would it be out of the ordinary to send a snack?? 

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