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    • melissa

      Thank you so much Lindsey! My desire is for as many people as possible to understand the obstacles these hurting children endure. They are not purposefully and willfully being “naughty”! Thank you for reading, commenting, and sharing! God Bless!

  1. My youngest had this issue due to early abuse and neglect from my first husband. At four years of age, she would ask for food thirty or more times a day. I got my church to lay hands on her and the asking lessened tremendously. However, her relationship to food has been a rocky one. Thank you for this post.

    • melissa

      I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter’s struggles. I pray that she continues to heal from her past and to recognize her worth in God so that she can be filled by Him instead of turning to food. Thank you for reading and commenting! God bless to you and your daughter!

  2. “Some children with attachment issues have endured terrible trauma, abuse, and neglect surrounding food.” This is so heartbreaking! I never would have thought that there were repercussions that relate to so many aspects of the child’s past.

    • melissa

      It is absolutely heartbreaking. Every single part of their lives can be tainted because of their past and what they had to endure. My prayer is that there can be greater understanding to better support these wounded children. Thank you for reading and commenting!

    • melissa

      It truly can turn into a source of survival that can be very hard to alter in when in a safe environment. Thank you for reading and commenting. God Bless!

  3. I find things like this difficult to read sometimes to know that people have such propensity for evil, especially towards defenseless children. It really causes me to struggle spiritually because I love children. I just don’t understand it, to starve a child! I’ve always wanted to adopt or foster a child, and even though it isn’t something I can currently commit to, there is always the fear of what dynamic as well as trauma they we would be bringing to the immediate family. I hope one day to be in a place financially to help a child in need of a family, this would definitely be something to be mindful of. I admire your passion, but perhaps your patience.

    • melissa

      It is gut-wrenching to sit with. There are many days that I seek out the other therapists in the office or my husband when I get home and have a good cry for the children have been through so much. The choice to foster or adopt is a significant one that should be guided by God. It is truly a calling for some parents! Thank you for reading and commenting! God bless!

  4. Not only did this give me insight to the children that come and go through my house but I actually stepped back and looked at my own attachments to food.

    • melissa

      Oh I’m so glad the article was beneficial. Thank you for caring for God’s wounded children when they need a safe home! Thank you for reading and commenting! God Bless!

  5. Kristi

    It’s so sad to know that children have been treated in such a manner that they feel the need to protect themselves in this way. It’s such good information to have when caring for children who’ve been through traumatic situations; otherwise, one might think they are being naughty or rude. I love the e examples you gave of how to help them know they will be provided for.

    • melissa

      It really can be a confusing behavior for the care giver to understand. Without context of a child’s past and how that effects them it really can come across at purposefully. Unfortunately, I have had many care providers unwilling to look at the situation for a place of trauma. That is the hardest situation for me to handle and I have to rely on God heavily! Thank you for reading and commenting. God Bless!

    • melissa

      It is incredibly heart breaking that any of God’s children have to endure such pain. Thank you for reading and commenting. God Bless!

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