6 responses

  1. Brianna Bell
    April 22, 2013

    wow this is REALLY interesting. I have a VERY high energy 11 m/o. She already has temper tantrums. She doesn’t sleep through the night. She is incredibly difficult to put to sleep even. She is very active, racing around all the time. I feel the same way you described, all the other kids sit nicely in the nursery and at the library..while my kid is grabbing all the other children (and scaring them away), and running circles around them.

    My husband has ADHD (or had, not so much anymore as a grown man). I do wonder if my daughter has ADHD, so this helps…perhaps I can somehow adapt this for a toddler.


  2. Robin Pearson
    April 23, 2013

    My daughter has always been a ball of energy. Getting her to bed was a challenge. In kindergarten we found she had ADHD and at the advice of a friend, we took her off all dairy products. It helped with her attention span and being able to settle down and go to sleep at night. At the beginning of 3rd grade we found out she was allergic to her cat, our dogs,milk,wheat, yeast,pork and tuna.Allergies can cause hyperactivity. So I suggest allergy testing for kids with ADHD or ADD. Eliminating foods they love is hard once they’ve eaten them for years but we are working on it. She still takes meds for ADHD but the mood swings, crying fits and her ability to fall asleep at night have been so much better with the food changes we have made due to allergies. ( and finding new homes for the pets.)


  3. Mary Chamblee
    July 20, 2013

    My daughter is 9 and reacts the same as yours, she has inattentive type ,IM going to start doing this in the mornings with her thank you


  4. Jennifer G
    July 26, 2013

    My son is also VERY energetic. I don’t believe it is ADHD in his case. But I love the things you are doing with Maddie and I think I will begin using some (or maybe even all) of your ideas with him.


  5. chantelle
    March 10, 2014

    thanks for sharing!


  6. Donna Mac
    March 14, 2014

    Hi Sarah,

    I think this is great! I have written a book on toddlers and ADHD and discus morning routines and food that helps the brain focus, whether a kid has ADHD or not. Great job adjusting the structure to meet the needs of your child!

    -Donna Mac-


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