Aye aye aye…it’s always something, right?
My young daughter has always been, ahem, “unique”. She has the face of an angel and the temperament of a feral raccoon. She’s sweet, silly, fun but she has zero impulse control. Have you heard of the marshmallow self control test? Where the researcher tells the child not to eat the marshmallow and then leaves the room? Well, Shiloh would not only eat the marshmallow but then she’d toss up his file of papers into the air. She’d find a pen and scribble unicorns on the wall. She’d dig through his briefcase and doodle on the leather. She’d do all this with great joy until she got busted at which point she’d wail with impassioned (feigned) heartbreak at her own naughtiness.
She’s always been kind of nuts but we’re pretty used to it. From the time she could crawl she was getting into everything with a destructive twinkle in her eye. She’s my third so I’m chill with my parenting almost to the point of being negligent. We just kind of accept and love her for who she is. She routinely makes us laugh as we struggle to maintain a straight, disciplinary face. Like the time she decided she needed to smear zinc diaper cream all over her entire body.
In a leather chair, no less. Why? Well because the tube was there and supervision was not. Of course she was extremely apologetic after the fact.
So this has been a running joke in our family. But it got considerably less funny when her kindergarten teacher started dropping heavy-handed hints that she is severely A.D.D. and struggling big time in school. Since I’m really not keen on medicating my 5 year old I am going to try to deal with this the way I usually do. Denial.
Haha just kidding…. seriously though, I’ve been doing research (everyday I’m googling!) and I’ve decided to put her on a gluten free diet, at least for a month long trial run. For two reasons; I have a genetic predisposition to gluten intolerance. It’s highly likely it got passed down to her as well. And apparently there is a huge link between gluten and ADHD .
So it makes sense to start there. And because I’m an overachiever I’ve decided to force all three of my precious little, anxiety-ridden angels on a gluten free plan for at least a month.
I know I’ve greatly reduced my anxiety and general nuttiness through diet manipulation. It makes sense that I could use a special diet to improve their health and especially their mental health, as well. I’m not going to push keto on them, because it is so extreme. But cutting down on grains and junk food definitely can’t hurt.