Have you ever had one of those days where it seems like the kids know you are exhausted
so they are intentionally bringing out their inner monster?
I had one of those days this week, but now, I know why.
Lunch time rolls around, the kids are begging for food so I throw together peanut butter and jelly, quick and easy. They devour it. Sticky fingers are wiped. Then they ask for more. Back to the kitchen, reheat coffee again, cut up apple slices. Another thud, rush back, more kisses issued, another timeout. Just noticed Sonic the Hedgehog is on, when did they learn to use netflix? More craziness ensues, from 5am to 5pm, messes everywhere, didn't prep dinner, didn't do laundry, no crafts, no reading time. Poor Dominic is having a bad day, he hasn't had a single uninterrupted meal all day. I haven't eaten at all. I chugged my cold coffee.
What went wrong?
What can I change?
Lunch time rolls around, I cook up some french toast, because it's what they asked for. I add some yoghurt to dip in because kids like to dip, the food is eaten, sippy cups are filled with water. The kids are happy. We dance to some Less Than Jake and act like a bunch of goofballs for a bit.
Early afternoon we turn on the TV, I put on Bob the Builder, Jacob falls asleep, Chris watches quietly then asks me about making compost piles, so we talk about where garbage goes while I feed Dominic. Jacob gets up and they both play nicely while I prep dinner, Dominic naps peacefully.
What was the difference?
Food. They ate good nutritious, low sugar foods and drinks on the good day and Fruit Loops on the bad day. Did you know the first ingredient in Fruit Loops is sugar? Avoiding sugar eliminates the crazy sugar highs and lows. They focused on their tasks instead of just tearing things up and bouncing off the walls.
Quality activities. We didn't start the day with the TV, we started with books, they were still sleepy so they happily curled up on the couch with their books. The nutritious food made them more focused so they actually participated in craft time and enjoyed it.
Cloth trainer. Jacob is potty training, he has good days & bad days. He knows he is wet, he asks to go potty, they go on and off like underwear and I'm not cleaning puddles all day, cloth is a good transition for kids who aren't quite ready for underwear.
Do you find what your child eats influences their behavior? What foods do you avoid? What else do you have in your routine that helps keep chaos at bay?
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