I love my children and so far, I’m loving the pace of life that comes with staying at home. One of my major goals for starting to stay at home was getting the time to train my children. Here’s an update on how that’s going.
It’s going…okay. Not spectacular as in “Mom’s presence magically made everything better” kind of way. But also not in “Things are as chaotic as before” kind of way either. We’ve seen some definite improvements, but we’re not there yet. Not very close to there. My 2-year-old (almost 3 in a couple of weeks) is doing very well…the ‘Terrible Twos’ are passing away nicely (except for maybe Potty Training).
It’s my 4 1/2 year old that needs more instruction and that I was hoping for more progress with. I’m starting to suspect that his diet is not helping the situation. Not causing it completely, of course. But not helping him.
There are many positive things in our diet. We eat lots of fresh veggies and fruit. Mostly chicken. Not a whole lot of eating out these days. The boys never have liquids other than milk (almond milk these days) or water. No juice. No soda. We don’t require them to clean their plate, but we do ask them to try a bite of everything (you never know if you’ll like it til you try it).
There are negative things in our diet though too. Too many crackers and pretzels, I suspect. Fake maple syrup instead of real maple syrup. Cookies a couple times a week. A popsicle here and there. Lots of M&Ms – especially during potty training. Probably the worst though, is the sugary cereals that we have most mornings. It’s not that I can’t make good breakfasts; it’s that I often don’t.
Well, times – they are a changin’. Time to start being intentional about what my boys eat. Specifically, we’re going to start on the Feingold Diet to see if that helps things. It’s supposed to help children with ADHD, which is not our case here. But there are some similar symptoms, so hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to a new diet we go! It’s going to be hard, but I hope worth it!