I have been going through a rough patch with Charlotte. She is belligerent, wets her pants to get attention, and has real problems with sleep. I have reached the end of my rope with her more than once and have said things and done things to try to get her back in line that I am not proud of.
A meeting with Charlotte's preschool teachers got my mind going. According to them, with her current behaviour at school I should not be surprised if her elementary school teachers start calling me and suggesting she be screened for ADHD. (This is paraphrasing...in between dropping the ADHD bomb they said stuff like "we love her spirit" and "we embrace her individuality"...)
Ahem. Fuck that. I am SO sick of people painting an energetic kid who speaks their mind with the ADHD brush. I will homeschool my kids before I drug them. Period.
This whole changing the diet to change behaviour just smacks of new-age yuppy helicopter mom to me, and it sort of embarasses me to admit I want to try it. The last thing I EVER want to be accused of is being a new-age yuppy helicopter mom.
That being said, I would love to help Charlotte sleep and improve her eczema.
I am looking into counselling for us, and changing her diet. I am starting with eliminating dairy. Next on my hit list will be gluten. They say that mild intolerances to those substances can manifest themselves as sleep and behaviour problems.
Here is an article on milk
Here is an article on gluten
So, here is my question. Is it the diet change that is going to help?
Is it the change in my energy around Char and the slight increase in attention I will pay her while analyzing everything she does going to help her?
I am probably just being crazy and overthinking...as usual.