After a dad at her son's preschool vetoed the snacks she was sending--twice, two days in a row!--Emily Bazelon found herself not unsympathetic, mind you, but frustrated in dealing with other kids' nut allergies:
But it would be a lot easier to accommodate allergies graciously if I felt like I could tell the rationally neurotic parent with the extremely allergic kid from the crazy neurotic parent with the slightly allergic one. And I can't.Can anybody? Slate itself has done at least four articles on the nut/food/kid allergy axis, but there doesn't seem to be any mention of studies or rational recommendation, just peanut-scaremongering. And a doctor mentioning "hypochondria" in 2001.
But what I want to know is, how is it this dad gets pre-emptive veto authority on other kids' snacks? Is it a co-op? What kind of school puts up with that kind of parental micromanaging?