This is my Basic Pattern for managing my kids -
Well Fed + Well Rested + Well Moderated = Well Tempered
(temperament = an child's disposition and tendencies revealed in his/her reactions)
Well tempered children have developed habits of maintaining a self-controlled, calm character.
Take one of those elements out of the equation and a child (or even teens and adults)
are prone to crankiness, anger, and outbursts. If they are continually revisiting their basic needs (because they are continually hungry, tired, or left unattended) it's tough for them to go to the next level and work at trying to master other social sensibilities (sharing, sadness, sacrifice) that we want them to learn. Meeting the Basic Pattern helps the child move forward in their self management of emotions. Next time something comes up with your kids
see if the equation is adding up.