We are now slightly past two full weeks. The second week started well and ended in disaster. Just like the first week, throughout the first six days of the second week we noticed H. focusing better and copying words down correctly. Homework was not the struggle it usually was. However on Saturday a well meaning relative let H. have a lemonade. A large lemonade. From Chick-Fil-A. One glass of Chick-Fil-A lemonade has 23 grams of sugar. That's about 5-6 teaspoons of sugar. Needless to say, she was bouncing off the walls the rest of that day, couldn't sit still at Sunday school the next day, and forgot things at school on Monday. However the worst part happened Monday night at homework time. She constantly said she "couldn't do it" or lied and said it was all done when it wasn't. When I wouldn't give in to what she wanted (and no, I wasn't forcing her to do homework constantly) she worked herself into hysteria. We had 2 solid hours of her sobbing. It was awful.
Today is now Wednesday. Tuesday night was a bit more normal. She was able to get through most of her work, though she had to move constantly. I am hoping tonight will be even better. This is why we avoid sugar!
Before I finish with this post, I want to explain our sugar policy with H. We allow her to have some foods sweetened with molasses or honey during the week (as you will see in some of my recipes soon). But if she is given any candy or cupcakes at school, she is supposed to bring it home in a ziplock bag and save it for Friday night. For the most part, she obeys the rule. We have come up with several "desserts" that she enjoys that take the place of sweets. She loves toast with cinnamon on top, she loves pizza slices, and she loves the protein muffins I make (more about that later). She has developed tastebuds that now consider alot of foods "too sweet". But tempt her with a lemonade or ice cream and all bets are off :-(