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TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,067
11/30/12 3:48 P

I'm certainly not in the position to give advice here, as I slip all the time, but I just recently read someone else's blog that said, "which would you rather have? 5 seconds of pleasure or 24/7 of happiness when looking at your body?" Or something to that effect. Hope this helps. It's working for me so far. Hang in there!

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11/30/12 1:59 P


You've already received great advice and it looks as if your stress has come down. One thing you might do the next time this happens (and there will be a next time, kids being kids) is to read this great spark article on emotional eating. It has techniques which can help keep you from turning to food when times get stressful.

Here's one more article you might want to read. It's an article about how sugar can cause behavior problems (like temper tantrums) in children. I know being a parent isn't easy, so I too tip my hat to all the Spark Parents out there.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 11/30/2012 (13:59)
LISA_SUMNER08 SparkPoints: (1)
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11/30/12 1:24 P

Thanks everyone! Just posting that I was going to eat this made me realize it wasn't going to help. I put the spoon down and tried to finish dinner the best I could. TREENERBEANER had it right, though. My kids act up right before a full moon and they had been at it for the last 3-4 days. This morning they woke up as perfect little angels, whereas the past few days they didn't want to get up or threw a tantrum bc they had to get dressed. And the past few nights have been just like last night. I'm betting that this evening will be a peaceful one!

11/29/12 11:16 P

Have you ever watched the moon cycles in coordination with your children's behavior? My 5 year old daughter has been terrible the last 4 days.. guess what.. it was a full moon yesterday. I can almost nail it every time with in a few days every time a full moon comes around. It affects some children worse than others, and they have a term for children who seem to be affected by it severely.. blue moon children I think is the term.

I notice behavior changes in my residents at work during full moons as well, so its not just children who can be affected, but people of all ages. Sounds crazy, but its not! emoticon

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
11/29/12 11:04 P

I don't have kids, but I don't 'have to in order to know that eating something because you're stressed isn't going to make the actual problem go away (speaking from experience of course!). If he's doing this today, chances are he's going to do it again maybe not tomorrow, but again. I'm also pretty sure if it's not this particular stress in your life, it'll be another. Please do yourself a favor and don't let this become a reason to stress eat. You can do this!

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11/29/12 10:49 P

Oh people who are parents ...I tip my hat to you!
Don't really have much advice.
Just sending you a sympathetic cyber hug!

"This, too, shall pass."

11/29/12 9:41 P

Try an 8oz glass of chocolate milk.

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11/29/12 9:28 P

Is binging going to really make you feel better? I bet it won't, it will only make you feel worse, so do something more constructive to rectify the situation.

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11/29/12 9:17 P

Children of this age often start to develop a fear of certain parts of the house - especially if it is a bit away from where everyone else is. My son went through this AT the same age as your child and my 2 grandchildren did, too! My younger g/son would only go to certain parts of the house during the daytime unless we were with him - and our house is small and definitely not spooky! Where it came to his bedroom, his mum replaced the curtains to make the room look more cheerful - that helped quite a bit when it came to bed-time.

As far as the ice-cream is concerned, try to find something else that doesn't involve food. Perhaps talking with your younger and asking him what is worrying him??? You KNOW that you won't feel any better after having eaten the ice-cream, in fact odds are you will feel worse because you will have compounded the bad feeling by adding guilt.


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11/29/12 7:52 P

a tub of cool whip! My kids are being ridiculously crabby tonight and it's got me stressed out! My 5 yr old is upset bc my 11 yr old just took the front bathroom and he doesn't want to use the back bathroom. So he's screaming and I picked up a spoon and started digging in. Now he's SCREAMING and I don't know what the deal is! He's been this way for the last 4 nights! It's driving me NUTS and I just want to EAT EVERYTHING IN SITE!!

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