• Top Ten Tips For A Safe Halloween

    Lately, we’ve talked a bit here on the Lauren’s Hope blog about creating an allergy-friendly or chocolate-free Halloween: wearing medical alert jewelry while trick-or-treating, talking with teachers and caregivers, planning special food and non-food treats, and so on. For kids with food allergies, epilepsy, type one diabetes, special needs, and chronic health conditions, there are

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  • A Chocolate-Free Halloween?

    Those of you who follow the Lauren’s Hope blog may recall me writing earlier this fall about my six-year-old daughter, Julia, and how she was recently diagnosed with a chocolate allergy (specifically, a cacao allergy). When I tell people Julia is allergic to chocolate, the most common response from adults is something completely reasonable and

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  • National Bullying Prevention Month

    October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Although bullying is in the news regularly these days, many people aren’t truly clear on what constitutes bullying and why these anti-bullying programs are in place.  What is Bullying? Bullying is behavior that is emotionally or physically harmful. Typically, bullying behavior is directed toward someone perceived as socially, physically,

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