It’s Not All Mary Poppins

as a 4-year-old sees it…

“There is a boy in my class who’s allergic to peanut butter.”

“That means he’s allergic to peanuts. Anything with peanuts in it could make him sick.”

“Yeah. So he’s only allergic to peanut butter if there are peanuts in it.”

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November 23, 2010 - Posted by | Emily

5 Comments »

  1. Actually, Emily has a point. I have a special jar of soy-based “peanut butter” that is safe to send to school. My kids all know that there are two kinds of peanut butter – the kind we only eat on weekends and holidays, and the kind that can be sent to school.

    Wouldn’t you call that stuff ‘soy butter’?

    Comment by mamadragon | November 23, 2010 | Reply

    • No, because sometimes I buy the kind made of soy and sometimes I buy the one made of roasted peas. 🙂 I’m not trying to be argumentative, just pointing out that in my family’s world there really are two kinds of peanut butter – the kind made with peanuts, and the kind made without.

      Non-peanut peanut butter. Who knew?

      Comment by mamadragon | November 23, 2010 | Reply

  2. i agree! my kids are allergic to peanuts and in schools here you have to clarify that that also includes peanut butter because some people don’t realize peanut butter has peanuts in it! der!

    And that is not going to be helped if there are products out there calling themselves ‘peanut butter’ which don’t contain peanuts… Seems to be that we need to be very clear about terms when it’s a potentially fatal confusion.

    Comment by Dana | November 24, 2010 | Reply

    • absolutely! my son went to the er this summer with a peanut reaction, so we are extra cautious now!

      Comment by Dana | November 24, 2010 | Reply

  3. Sooo, Mary, assuming there are no peanut allergies in your group, are you going to make peanut butter with them?

    No plans for that, nope. Why? Is that something you’ve done with little ones?

    Comment by Maisy | November 25, 2010 | Reply


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