– crying at the drop of a hat
– inability to go and play properly
– asking for a hug
– erratic/silly behaviour
– inability to make a choice
– just hanging around me
For us as adults, we have learnt to recognize hunger and act on it. But this doesn’t come automatically to young children and thus they may display all types of behaviours due to their ‘uncomfortable feeling’ and the brain’s need for fuel. We liken it to recharging the car with petrol to ‘go’. And when I can sense hunger, I am very quick to get food out before blood sugar levels drop any lower. And knowing how I can’t make choices when I’m hungry, I don’t bother offering a choice for the kids, but grab something they will surely eat!
Do you take note of your child’s hunger and explain this to them?