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Ritalin and Kids
When my son was in the 3rd grade, the school principal told me I
should take him to a psychiatrist and possibly have him medicated. He
was very active and disruptive they said. He couldn't concentrate. Turns
out, what they meant by this was that he got into arguments in the lunch
line with other boys, talked too much during class and had trouble
sitting still. In other words, he wasn't a girl.
Well needless to say, I did NOT medicate him, since I knew from our home
life that he could sit for hours doing something that interested him
(not tv or video games). Legos were good for 2 hours at least. What he
needed was good old fashion discipline and respect, as well as an outlet
for his energy. The outlet was Soccer, and now my suspected ADD child is
an almost straight A student with a love for soccer.
Why did I say that he was not a girl? Because we now reward only girl
behavior in school. Girls are wonderful creatures, but in my opinion,
easier to deal with in the classroom. They are sociable at an earlier
age. They do have problems of course, but we will talk about that on
So what if I had medicated my son? I would have to say that the sickness
that I was treating is "BEING A BOY". Hmmm
Is that where we are going? I am not a doctor, and these are just my
thoughts.... but If I were not home to deal with this issue, then what
would have happened? Boys on drugs I think...
"Ritalin and Kids"