Hangry? Yes. Hangry! The term that so clearly defines your child’s expression of their innermost demons brought forth from a deep, dark cave of insatiable hunger. You know the feeling yourself. It’s 3:00 p.m. and your kids are arguing in the car. You realize you have to gear yourself up for homework, making dinner and after school activities and a feeling of hanger starts to creep up into the driver’s seat. Suddenly, you open your mouth and you sound like Darth Vader, “Kids…I am your MOTHAAA!!!”
Does your child only eat chicken nuggets, spaghetti and chocolate syrup with a dash of milk? If so, you are probably overwhelmed with where to begin. So let’s make it simple:
I am sitting here on my couch eating my daughter’s leftover chocolate birthday cake pondering where to start with my blog. You are right; “leftover” does imply that this is, in fact, day two of the aforementioned cake. As I devour each layer covered in butter cream, I realize I should start in the simplest of places…start with the truth. And so it goes, here is my truth. I am eating chocolate cake (Thank you, Whole Foods!) while brainstorming ideas on healthy eating for the sake of children’s mental health.
The beginning of any step towards self-improvement begins with the truth; always the truth. There is no magic wand or magic pill for that matter. There is no shiny secret key that will unlock the door to stellar mental health for yourself or your family. We all have a choice in which path to take. So choose your path with great intention and start one step at a time and don’t forget to bring along your truth.