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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Getting Off the Artificial Color Induced CRAZY Train

It has been a rough weekend. 

Everyone has good days and bad days, but our bad days can be really bad.  As in not knowing what will set a particular little person off next.  As in not being able to leave that particular person alone for even a minute due to truly unpredictable and scary behavior.

Now, sometimes I don’t know what causes it.  I figured it out this time.

It was a couple of these:

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Everlasting Gobstoppers…Willy Wonka has no idea what his confection does to my little guy.

It’s the artificial coloring, you see.  A couple of those little balls apparently has enough artificial coloring to send my 6-year-old so far over the deep-end that he simply can’t control himself. 

His impulse control flies out the window and suddenly I’m wrapping my arms around him to keep him from kicking out my banister.

Now, we don’t buy things with artificial coloring, but for some reason the stuff keeps making its way into our house. 

This time is was the well-meaning people at the library who had a little event and gave out prizes---not to this particular kid, but my kids try to be generous and share. 

And so the kid got the no-no food

It’s my fault for letting it into the house, but having to tell my 8-year-old daughter that she can’t have the prize she won stinks.  It does

So today was an “everyone stay away from Peter (except for Mom and Dad)” kinda day.  No visible damage, but the insanity takes its toll. 

It does help to know the cause.  It helps us to avoid it in the future and it helps the kids to understand their brother’s behavior a little better.

Friends, family, and neighbors:  Artificial color BAN in this house. 

Does this mean we have to skip Halloween?  Because between my oldest with the orthodontic appliances and my 6-year-old saying no to colors…not much is going to be left. 

Maybe we can talk them into performing a play in the front yard instead of trick-or-treating.

4 comments:

  1. Oh, sweet friend, what a horrible, terrible, no good, very bad day. I hope tomorrow will be better. We once had a mystery like that. Turns out, my then 6YO had been under our new house w/ his Dad. The new house had insulation under the floor. In moving around, they had bumped the insulation and been showered by a fine particulant as a result. It was that particulant that set him off. It took 4 days to wear off and 3 days for me to connect the dots. Praying for rest for all of you. ((sighs))

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  2. Thank you, Carol Anne, I know you really get it. It's amazing how much damage a tiny bit of something can do, isn't it?

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  3. Hey,
    Why don't you host a little gathering at your house like we do? Everyone trick or treats and then comes our way for a potluck. It is a nice way to still enjoy the day and get the emphasis off of candy and greed.

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  4. I'm not sure that would work in our neighborhood...Halloween is very BIG and crazy around here. We live downtown and it's very trick-or-treat friendly with businesses participating and a big parade through town after trick-or-treating. We had about 300 kids come by last year.

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