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Friday, November 16, 2012

When Are We Not Thinking About Food?

When we're thinking about breathing, excreting or sleep. (My kids are too young to worry about sex. I think).

As a mom, if my kids get grouchy or crabby (which can be often) I fall back on what I learned in my Ed Psych classes - Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. 

If you know anything about Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, you know that food is on the lowest level of the pyramid. You can't progress up through the pyramid (and you should want to) until the needs below have all been met. So yes - to manage my children's behavior I start at the bottom and work my way up. 

One of the first questions I ask myself is "when did they eat last?"  It's even one of the problems Dylan faces in The Bumpy, Grumpy Road.

My Food Notebook is another way we address the eating issue. But I  am still searching for ways to convince my children that sleep is essential to their health. 

It is such a struggle sometimes to meet that lowest level.

I keep at it because I want to help my children achieve self-actualization. Sure we all move up and down the pyramid from day to day, week to week. But if I can give them a solid base, I will feel good as a parent.

I'm lucky as a human being, I have all my basic needs met and frequently I'm chilling out in the self-actualization level. That's why this post from a writing mentor I adore came at the perfect time. I'm happy with my life & that's my main goal for my children. Whatever they do - to be happy. 

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