Heidi Bayer Brooklyn Allergy Mom

Our Visitor On Roof Taking Photo of Sunset
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Summer travel last year was traveling  to Washington DC with our teenager. We had a great time. In planning summer travel this year, I realized that our teenager had never been anywhere without us for longer than three days. Ever. And no one else had ever cooked for her.

We need to prepare for college. All of us.

Since moving to Brooklyn eight years ago, I’ve kept in touch with our best friends in Los Angeles and their daughter is the same age as ours. We arranged for “the allergy exchange.” This is where her friend from Los Angeles would come to Brooklyn for a week, and she would go there for a week.

As I write this, we are in week two of “the allergy exchange” and day two of our daughter being away from us. We miss her terribly. We are excited that she is having a wonderful time and thankful that we have such a good friend who agreed to host her. I sent a box of food in advance, and also a copy of Cybele Pascal’s book Allergy Free and Easy Cooking.

In case you have teenagers in Brooklyn this summer, or are thinking about a trip, here’s a listing of what we did while they were here:

Tenement Museum; Sweatshop Tour, 103 Orchard St  New York, NY 10002 (212) 982-8420 (hint, do both the 9/11 memorial and tenement museum, take the M9 bus for a nice tour)

9/11 Memorial

Coney Island Boardwalk & Luna Park 

Aviator; ice skating and arcade

SOHONYC; shopping

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, a nice walk in the park and at night, free music at the Bandshell

Lot2; restaurant. Review soon to come of this allergy friendly restaurant

Luigi’s Pizza; visitors always need to visit this 2nd generation family run pizzaria

Pier 6 Brooklyn – we didn’t make it here this time, but it’s a great place to take kids of any age.

I’ll let you know how the week went in a forthcoming post. Meanwhile, I hope you’re enjoying your summer.

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6 Responses to Summer Travel: 2 Allergic Girls, 2 Cities, 1 Plane

  1. Homa says:

    This is the coolest idea! I can’t wait to hear more about the exchange, I saw you tweeting about it and was curious as to how far each child was traveling. LA is so far but I’m sure she’s having a blast! California is pretty forward thinking on the food front as well. :)

    • heidi says:

      Thanks for reading and yes, LA is FAR away, but it’s also where we lived before moving to NYC. I’m trying not to be ‘overbearing mom’, which is different than ‘food allergy mom’ but related. I’ll update the blog in a week, meanwhile, I’ll keep tweeting.

  2. Love your positive approach! The idea of having others cook for my kids is overwhelming, but your ARE SO CORRECT. This simple post is inspirational on so many levels.. trusting your kids, trusting your friends and arming everyone to be successful! Way to go!

    • heidi says:

      Thank you. I’m humbled that you found it inspirational. It’s so good for our children to see that other people can be trusted. And it’s really good for us as parents to go ahead and let go a little. It takes a village to raise a child, as they say, but I’ll add that sometimes it takes the whole world.

  3. Brilliant! Pure brilliance. I love how you are embracing and teaching independence all while making me drool to come to NYC!

    Daniella is right, you are inspiring!

    As a parent of a freshly minted 15 year old, I needed to read this. Oh letting go of those ropes is not easy, but necessary. My fear is that my son will be 30 years trying to live at home!

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