As a parent of a child with ADHD or any other learning, behavior and mood problems, there are two very important things to Take Charge of. These are
1. What goes into the child’s mouth?
2. What comes out of your mouth?
Okay what do I mean by this.
What goes into the child’s mouth?
The vast majority of children who are struggling to learn, feel happy and behave in positive ways, are unknowingly eating certain foods that either trigger these problems or aggravate them. If they continue to eat foods that are putting stress on the way their body and brain functions, it will be extremely difficult to reduce or remove their learning and behavior challenges. Keep in mind that every child’s body is unique and will respond uniquely to different foods. So as a parent you want to know the following four things about what goes into your child’s mouth:
- Is this particular food my child is eating causing stress and inflammation in his/her body and brain?
- Has my child got any hidden food sensitivities that I have been unaware of? In other words, is this a food that my child is sensitive to?
- Is my child craving and eating the very foods that are upsetting the way his body functions?
- Am I unknowingly feeding my child foods that are switching his brain off?
There are many easy ways to discover the answers to the above questions and it is certainly worth doing. Imagine the joy of being able to remove something from your child’s diet and within days or weeks seeing significant positive changes in the child.
What comes out of your mouth?
Here is a hugely important fact: What comes out of your mouth directly affects your child’s chemistry. Children with learning, behavior or mood issues need to have the kind of conversations with their parents and teachers that will stimulate the healthy chemistry in their bodies and brains. If parents and teachers speak to kids in a way that has a negative impact on the chemistry of their brain and body, it will be extremely difficult to reduce or remove their learning and behavior challenges. So as a parent you may want to think about this:
- Could the way I speak to my child be creating stress and inflammation in my child’s body and brain? (Just as there are inflammatory foods, so there are inflammatory conversations and inflammatory language).
- Do the words I choose when I speak to my child, add to my child’s problem, rather than help it?
- Do I have more healthy conversations with my kids than unhealthy ones?
- Am I unknowingly saying things that switch the child’s brain off?
If your child is grappling with learning and behavior and emotional issues, it is vital that you understand how to monitor and manage what goes into his or her mouth and what comes out of your mouth. The trick is to know how to do this is a way that deals directly with the unique functioning needs of your child’s body and brain.
Dr. Sandy Gluckman teaches parents and educators how the behavior and the language they use in their conversations with children can increase or decrease learning, mood and behavior problems.