Moody Children Need Breakfast

If your child wakes up and is moody, and you just cannot put your finger on what the problem is, get him or her something to eat; like eggs and toast, with a glass of milk, or a good bowl of oatmeal. You will notice a change right away. Parents wait too long to feed their children in the morning. I have found that feeding them about 15 minutes after they get up, makes their day brighter.


By Karen from MO

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August 11, 20090 found this helpful

I couldn't agree with you more. We all need a good breakfast but yes children need food just after they get up. It raises their blood sugar levels which makes their day brighter along with everyone else that they come in contact with lol.

August 12, 20090 found this helpful

We don't have a problem with moody kids in a.m. We have problem with moody kids immediately after school. I try to take a snack when I pick up from school but sometimes it takes an hour to kick in.


That hour can be really stressful. Any suggestions for quicker reaction?


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August 12, 20090 found this helpful

Sometimes I wake with a headache. I can usually attribute this to low blood sugar, and find eating breakfast right away-which I usually don't do quite so soon- helps. Kids might manifest bad moods or headache as well-this is super advice. Be sure to feed healthy food, a protein based food and complex carb-not a sugary cereal!


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August 12, 20090 found this helpful

I worked 8 years as the cook at an inner-city preschool program. One of the founder's basic beliefs was that "Hungry children can't learn." This is really true. Hungry children also act out with others and in school.


I truly believe that a breakfast with a protein component will set a kid up to be a success later in life...(am I pompous or not?) But it's true.

August 18, 20090 found this helpful

A doctor suggested years ago that I "treat" my grumpy low blood sugar kid with some juice BEFORE he got out of bed. I did and it made a difference. The idea was to get the blood sugar going before their feet hit the floor. Just go in a few minutes early and give the kids a little bit. I used to carry a small tray with the small cups. Try it. Don't, however, give them something loaded with high fructose corn syrup; just a little of the good stuff, like oj, apple juice or one of the myriad new juices out there. This could work for the after school pick me up, too, but maybe a box of graham cracker cookies in the car would also help.


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