My third son, The Engineer, is thirteen years old and is already 5′ 11”. He is skinny as a rail, too. So, my husband and I made the decision to take him off his ADD medicine on weekends. He is on the stimulant form of medication, so he can do that.
Since we started this new routine, he has filled out a little more. Now he will eat three honey and peanut butter sandwiches or half a container of ice cream, four cheeseburgers or a roll of Ritz crackers. Throughout the rest of the week, he nibbles on one sandwich and is happy with just two cheeseburgers. For breakfast on the weekends, he will eat three plates full of pancakes…that’s about 12 total.
It makes me sad that the medicine hinders his appetite so much, however the weekends are not just time for him to eat, they have become time for me to work on patience. The poor kid is like a butterfly wandering from flower to flower without accomplishing anything. After an hour of asking him to get ready, he often arrives at the car with his shoes and socks in his hands. It takes me telling him over and over to get him to do his chores. All the while, I have to remember not to lose my cool because it isn’t stubbornness or belligerence that is causing him to fail to do what I ask. On “pill days,” he is quick to obey and distractions aren’t as much of a problem. And my blood pressure is lower.
- ½ cup sorghum flour
- ¼ cup potato flour
- ¼ cup tapioca flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp xanthan gum
- dash salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ginger
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbsp oil
- ¾ cup milk or more
- ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
- Whisk together dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Add eggs, oil, milk and pumpkin.
- Stir to combine.
- Add more milk if batter is not thin enough.
- Cook on greased griddle or pan like normal pancakes.