The natural inclination of children is movement, they want to run, jump, hop and play. They want to explore their surroundings and enjoy the beauty of the universe. They want to dream of space ships and talk to plants and fairies. Kids live in the moment and straitjacketing them with schedules and time-tables destroys their homeostasis. What does the busy parent do when little Johnny won’t fit in. He is knocked into shape with the latest, highly toxic and highly addictive drug. Parents are sold the premise that this magic pill will make Johnny a model, complacent child. Who will not upset his teachers and do whatever his parents want. The perfect robot who thinks, acts and behaves just like everybody.
The general theory is children are flawed, they need to be shaped and molded into a normal human being. Growing up a Christian, the mindset was that the child has to be cleansed of its original sin he was born with. I could not fathom how an innocent baby could be filled with sin – capable of evil. Instead of understanding and appreciating our child’s uniqueness, we impose our personality, ideas and expectations. And when our children revolt, we march them to the experts whose only interest is to earn a living and profit from your child.
Leon Eisenberg ,considered the father of of ADHD admitted that it was a fictitious disease which means that lots of kids were cheated of their birthright i.e. to be normal kids and do what kids are meant to do – play, explore and be active. Instead kids are being subdued with severe mind-altering drugs that not just erodes their confidence but makes them susceptible to a life of drug addiction.. According to psychiatrists Peter Breggin and Sami Timimi ‘ ADHD is more of a social construct than it is an objective “disorder.”
In my own experience, children live their own pace, they cannot be rushed. What when mom has to rush to work and get Johnny ready. Consider that little Johnny is subjected to this rush daily for most of his life. He does not have the time to stand and stare, and see streams full of stars like skies at night. And then suddenly at age 3-4 years, he is expected to sit quietly and focus while his teacher talks about things he is not familiar with. If he questions his teacher he is labelled disruptive. If he is bored and amuses himself doodling, he is labelled attention deficit. And wham the child is tagged as difficult who needs to be treated and re-molded.
Sometimes, kids could be acting out their terrible home situations. They are traumatized by violent parents, neglected and/or abused. This affects their mental equilibrium. They have difficulty controlling behavior/impulsivity, severe mood fluctuations, hyper vigilance and dissociation. And the busy teacher, social worker, psychiatrist misdiagnose childhood trauma for ADHD. As a result, the cause is not addressed but the child is further abused with unnecessary drugging.
And who can ignore the harmful effects of the schooling system, where a child is expected to sit in one place for extended periods listening to something he cannot connect to or understand. The scope for any interactive learning is nil. What happens when he becomes bored, frustrated, resentful and, perhaps, angry in response to the system. He is stamped ADHD and given some harmful drug that turns him into a zombie.
So how do we stop becoming a zombie nation. First is by not being hyperactive parents, giving enough time and space for a child to develop. Knowing our child’s likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses. Enjoying their uniqueness and allowing them to be what they are meant to be. All kids are attention divergent,, they don’t need FIXING.
Excerpts of wonderful article from UncleBob Treehouse- Kids and ADD
“When I was growing up, we didn’t have any hyperactive kids. We certainly didn’t have anyone on Ritalin.Probably the main reason we didn’t have any ADD and ADHD is because we got plenty of physical activity. We rode bikes and later, minibikes. I rode horses, including one that wouldn’t stop galloping while I held on for my life. We swam, we wrestled, we had dirt-clod fights, we played football with just a football and our heads instead of helmets. We had Styrofoam sailboats break apart from under us in lakes. We climbed cliffs. We jumped off cliffs into pools of water. We inflated tractor-tire inner-tubes and bounced them up and down in lakes until all seven of us flew off
Now, as to why there has been such an increase in ADD and ADHD over the past 15 years: It has to do, possibly more than anything else, with lack of movement. Motoricity–movement– appears to be the key to appropriate brain development. They are essentially the same process. Cognitive and motor functions are one and the same, because they involve the same parts of the brain. Therefore, movement, for a baby and child, develops the brain properly. Anything that moves needs a brain. It’s why plants don’t have brains.
So, obviously, the less movement, the less the brain properly develops. For a child–especially a boy–to spend all his time inside watching TV or playing video games, does not contribute to healthy brain development. A sedentary lifestyle for kids is not a good one. The brain remains underdeveloped. And that is scary. Boys are much more affected by lack of motor development than girls. Anything that improves posture, gait, balance, endurance, timing and synchronization of muscles will improve cognitive function. That means play, not work. And since when are government schools play?”