Situation Food Allergy: "Pizza Party. You're not invited."

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Situation food allergy. What would you do?

Your sixth grade son comes home from school really upset. One of his friends is having a birthday party for 10 people, and he wasn't invited. Worse yet, he overheard one of the other boys say it was because of the food allergy. 

"It's at the Pizza & Games Galore complex Mom. Why would they invite the kid who can't eat pizza?" he says as he stomps to his room. "I'd just ruin everybody's fun."

You're familiar with Pizza & Games Galore. It's the newest spot for young people, boasting "Video games as far as the eye can see and one of the largest pizza buffets in the state!" 

You hear his door slam. What do you do?

Throughout your food-allergy journey, someone will inevitably exclude your child because of the food allergy. Of course, most of these instances are not because they are being vindictive. They may just be trying to protect her. What would you say in this situation?


JJ Vulopas is a senior at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for young people, JJ has lived with food allergies his entire life. He is the author of the children's book, Land of Not. You can read his daily blog at and follow him @thelandofcan on Twitter and Instagram.