So our newest little ones are just fantastic, super sweet, loving kidos.
One concern I have for them is their weight. Not a HUGE concern at this point, but they are both are in or pushing the 90%tile for weight in their ages. Both have been on meds with a side effect of weight gain, and our little girl (5) eats a little out of comfort (via her therapist). Little guy's weight skyrocketed according to the WIC records after being placed on the meds.
Here's what we do now; We eat meals together. I don't necessarily limit food; but we generally stick to one snack between meals. If kids ask for a snack, and I can conveniently distract them, and they go for it, I assume the request was more for something to do and we 'forget' about it. Otherwise, we have another small snack. Snacks are pretty healthy, and we discuss foods that are healthy for our bodies "veggies, nuts, fruits, etc." and snacks are small. I don't talk about it, I just give a small serving. Now that the weather is nice, we are outside playing and riding bikes most of the day. I don't think they had as much physical play at the last foster placement.
One goal we have is to get off the meds (for behavior disorders). I am not opposed to medication when determined necessary, but every service provider-in home behavior management service, therapists, the social worker and the CASA - agree that the meds could be reduced or eliminated over time (last foster parent insisted they were necessary for behavior management...) We are working with their psychiatrist on this. Next week I will get going on getting their med. records to our pediatrician and talk to her about the weight.
I DO NOT want to make their food issues worse,and their mental health is my primary concern, but I also want them well set up for a physically healthy adulthood!!!
Anyway, any one with experience with this?