Sunday, April 1, 2012
The Next Chapter on Sweetie
The other day, I promised the kids that I'd make them brownies in a mug for helping clean house. When all was said and done, and I was pulling the sugar off the shelf, I realized my blunder and turned to Sweetie and said, "Oh no! I can't make you a brownie in a mug. It's got sugar in it." Sweetie just replied with, "Okay." What?! All was fine. SHOCK!
The other thing I had removed from Sweetie's diet was red dye. I hadn't told anyone I was doing it, but after talking to a couple of friends and having them tell me about some of its effects on behavior, I decided that I'd do that too.
After the fact, I regretted it. He was doing so well and then UGH! The bomb dropped, and we were back to square one with his behavior. What my friend told me was true. It took three days for him to go back to normal-ish.
I say normal-ish because there are some habits that have been built up over time that we're needing to undo. I think I already shared that I would just put Sweetie in the bedroom and hope that Sweetie would figure things out. Well, Sweetie didn't figure things out, so there needs to be some retraining. I think I have come up with a cure; a way to defuse the situation when things get out of control.