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
- Feeding kids every 2-3 hours will keep their blood sugar steady and prevent the “hangries”
- Feeding a protein with meals and snacks will regulate their blood sugar for longer.
- 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.
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.
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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.
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