My nephew, Scott, came to stay with me during his sixth-grade school year.
His mother, my sister, is a single mom who made a very tough decision to enlist in the United States Army. Scott was not able to go to boot camp with her, so she asked if he could stay with me. “Of course,” I said.
Prior to Scott coming to live with me, he was eating everything from fast food to frozen TV dinners. His favorite snack was in a bag with food coloring Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6. He was taking ADHD medication, and his grades were a "C" at best. Scott was eating unhealthy foods loaded with chemicals and preservatives. No wonder he was not thinking at his best, which his grades clearly demonstrated.
We established a new routine. We ate breakfast in the morning. I packed his lunch almost every day, and then we ate a healthy dinner, that included a big green salad.
One of his teachers called me and said she and the other teachers would like to set up a meeting with me. I had no idea why. I thought maybe Scott really did need his medication. Scott never came to my house with his medication for ADHD.
I went to the school the day of the meeting, I walked through the door way and said “Oh My God! I’m in big trouble.” Sitting at the table was the principle, vice-principle, Scott’s teachers and when diagnosed with ADHD you have another set of teachers, and a person from the school district.
The teacher who called me said on queue “Don’t worry Karen, you’re not in trouble go ahead and have a seat." Something magical happened; I sat at a table and listened to Scott’s teachers tell me how pleased they are with him. Off of his medications and eating healthy, Scott had earned a place on the honor roll and received a certificate from the Blue Mountain Middle School for straight A’s in math.
His math teacher told me that she was in awe of him when she would watch him multiply three numbers by three numbers and arrive at the correct answer without using scratch paper.
I couldn’t say anything. I just stared at his teachers in shock. Then they asked me the question, “What are you doing with him?” The teachers were finding it hard to understand how Scott could have such a big turnaround when they looked at his past records. Always sliding by every year to straight A's and honor roll
I said, “This is my first time taking care of a teenager, I was just doing what my mother did with my sisters and me. I was feeding him healthy, nutritious food.” Scott was eating much healthier, so his brain and body were healthy.
Scott also bloomed in other areas. He played baseball on a Little League team received his first trophy, and he was also an active Boy Scout.
I thought, if I can do this with a sixth grader, then I need to get out and talk to people about how easy it is to eat healthy and get off their medications. Small changes everyday can make a big difference.
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