Well that seems a bit harsh, actually.
But really, the struggle is REAL.
In order to maintain Speedy on the medication which does help him focus, we have to hyper-load him with calories and healthy fats. This is not easy with a child who can’t remember to chew or swallow (or doesn’t want to, I’m not sure) certain foods. I will note here that his doctor is working with us to rule out medical issues.
Luckily, I have a pool of incredibly smarty-smart people at work who I can call upon for ideas. And I’m not just calling that because they read my blog. They’re really smart. I highly recommend working closely with behavior specialists.
This morning I tried idea number one: smoothies. If chewing is an issue that causes daily fights (and OHMYWORD does it ever), then smoothies are an option! I took the recipe for a peanut butter and banana smoothie (gag) and added the instant breakfast powder along with some almond milk, ice, and yogurt. Okay, it was nasty. I added some chocolate syrup in an effort to fix it, and hoped that the “Yay, chocolate shakes for breakfast!” sell would be enough.
Not so much.
Admittedly, peanut butter and chocolate was a bad idea. It’s fantastic if you’re talking peanut butter cups, but not so much if you’re talking drinkable breakfast.
Sooooo….. I kind of have a short fuse with this child of mine. I can’t say why him versus all the others, or maybe my oldest two would tell you that I had it with them too.
This morning’s Big Smoothie Experiment rapidly degraded into a fight, when I took it way too personally that he didn’t like it. What is wrong with me? All I have to do is try different ingredients!
I’ve long suspected that I am the boys’ biggest problem, but I also suspect that many parents feel that way. How do I teach them to navigate this world which is only beginning to understand them while at the same time teaching them not to act entitled? How do I teach them ALL THE THINGS OMG?
This is what happens in my brain every. single. day.
Tomorrow we’re going to try something else- Speedy’s older brother had some alternate smoothie recommendations, and thank goodness that his cooler head prevails most mornings. He gave me the opportunity to take a deep breath and recover.
I feel the need to leave you with at least one nugget of wisdom. My takeaway from all of this was that it’s really truly NOT personal when your kids don’t like a food. That tomorrow is a new day, and there are approximately 9,485,220 different foods out there waiting to be tried. All of the world’s problems will NOT be solved by making sure that your child likes each and every one.
My other takeaway is that I really need to just calm the hell down. Maybe I’ll switch to decaf….