As anyone who knows me could attest, I am on Facebook most of the day, almost everyday. I have friends all over the world. All kinds of friends….real life friends (IRL); old and new, as well as Internet friends that I have met through various online groups, twitter or other social media. Some of these friends have children, others do not. Through the glorious ways of facebook, we often see what our friends comment on, like, or share. The one thing I see regularly is the complaints parents make of their children. These complaints are not always my friends.
I understand that we ALL complain when we are tired, frustrated, tapped out, if there is a medical diagnosis we are upset about and other valid reasons. Day 4 of teething with no sleep for mom or baby can be enough to push anyone over the edge. These are not the situations I’m talking about.
The ones that are causing me grief are those parents that complain on a daily basis that their children are “crazy” “horrendous” “monstrous” or just plain have “behaviour issues” but have no medical backing on the “diagnosis” and are not willing to take matters into their own hands.
There are many many things that a parent or parents can do to help these situations.
1) Look at yours and your child’s diet.
a) Is there a lot of fast food?
b) Processed foods?
C) Artificial colours, flavours or dyes?
2) Look at your child’s sleep.
a) are they getting enough?
b) is it quality sleep?
3) Look at your child’s activity.
a) is it outdoors, indoors?
b) are they stimulated throughout the day? How?
Before we start chasing child behaviourists and drugs for our children, lets look at what we as parents can do for them.
Here are some links of great resources.