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The Importance of Getting Your Kids to Eat Regularly - Life in the Kitchen

The Importance of Getting Your Kids to Eat Regularly - Life in the Kitchen
From The Kitchn - December 7, 2017

My youngest child would often fall to the ground and have epic tantrums before he could talk. It took me a while to catch on, but then I had a talk with his pediatrician, who suggested I try feeding him when I started to see him become agitated, even if he'd eaten within the hour or two. Guess what? It worked.

The pediatrician explained that kids can not feel hungry, but still need nourishment. They often get so caught up in playing that they do not want to take the time to eat. Then, before you know it, it's too late and they are in full-on tantrum mode on the ground. There were times when I could see my son starting to melt down, but he'd refuse to eat. She recommended giving him a few sips of chocolate or vanilla almond milk if I could not get any food into him, and it worked wonders.

I now have a teenage son who struggles with mood swings. When he wakes up in the morning he says he is not hungry, but by the time lunch rolls around he's agitated, irritable, and has a short fuse. He's told me he has trouble concentrating and thinking straight. I notice the same behavior when he gets home from school. He eats lunch around 11 a.m. and does not get home until almost 3 p.m.

His school allows him to grab a quick snack if he needs to, so he is starting to take advantage of that. He now keeps a bag of nuts or trail mix in his backpack after I told him to eat a little more regularly instead of waiting until the point of no return. This simple trick has helped him and is one of the few times he's admitted to me that I am right.

The term "hangry"the feeling of being so hungry that you turn angry in two secondswas coined for a reason. It's definitely a thing, and it's probably safe to say we have all felt it.

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