In this episode we learn How to Keep Your Kid from Getting Hangry. Keeping children’s blood sugar consistent is one of the most often overlooked and most effective interventions for keeping dysregulated children calm and in control of themselves. Every small biological, emotional, or social change can send a kids who is always on the edge of a meltdown right over that cliff.

One great resource to learn more about nutrition as it relates to mental health issues is The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan: Proven Strategies to Enhance Learning and Focus for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders

In the video Jennie & Lynn give us 3 important tips

  1. Feeding kids every 2-3 hours will keep their blood sugar steady and prevent the “hangries”
  2. Feeding a protein with meals and snacks will regulate their blood sugar for longer.
  3. Don’t be surprised or upset when things go south if you decide to “fudge” on this rule a bit (holiday treat pun intended). Since Christmas is a time of special treats, you’ll want to do your best to limit access to simple refined carbohydrates , but if you want to treat your child, just don’t also get angry at them for losing control of themselves. This is to be expected.

Show Notes:

Potty Break is a series of daily training and encouragement videos for foster and adoptive parents…designed to be watched during those precious few minutes that you can find some alone time….your potty break. (Parents of kids with other special needs are free to listen in 🙂 – most techniques we suggest are effective for kids that have other types of trauma and neurological developmental issues.

Links and products from this video:

Jennie refers to episode 2 and our discussion of how we might treat a diabetic child and its similarity to how we treat children with complex trauma.

Here is some more great reading on the complex interaction between mood and blood sugar levels

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Lynn Owens

Lynn is the co-founder of Forever Homes, and Owner of Canyon Lakes Family Counseling Center, a Mental Health Clinic, where he specializes in treating adopted and foster children. He has over 20 years experience in Residential Care, Foster Care and adoption. Combined he and his wife have parented about 100 kids.
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Jennie Owens

Co-founder at Forever Homes
In addition to her work as an author, parenting coach at Canyon Lakes Family Counseling Center and as a foster parent trainer for the State of Washington, Jennie is an adoptive mother with more than 20 years experience in foster, group and residential care.
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