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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Drug the Kids Up Mom


How the hell did kids survive childhood in the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s without the use of all of the lovely mind altering drugs available by any child Psychiatrist in today’s world. And yet without all the prescriptions to alter their personalities they managed to handle the largest world war in history, get us through the cold war, and introduced us to the new world order.

Personally, I have seen what these mind altering drugs can do to a kid and it takes them out of reality so they do not have to deal with the reality of life. They also steal the real child from the parents. Kids are tough but putting them on drugs to make them so called “Normal” is in my opinion wrong. The reason why it is so wrong is that they do not learn how to interact and adapt to society as “We” expect them too. Drug them up and let the teachers have an easier day and Mom and Dad don’t have to deal with the child at all. If you let the kids be, then they will adapt to the best of their abilities and live the way that they should. With their brains developing and learning every single day, they as a person will manage to become productive adults by life experience.

You could go to your local school and ask the nurse to see the medications that they are supposed to hand out every single day to the students and be blown away. For every symptom of behavior that just might be over the acceptance of normalcy there is a doctor willing to put your kid on the latest and greatest psychotic drug that just might stop it… for now?

Place your bets and I’m betting that this latest act of violence was committed by one or more kids with some sort of “Syndrome” or “Mental Health” issue. People still got shot though but you run along little Johnny because you have an excuse to not be responsible. MSNBC has the latest school shooting incident out in Las Vegas…

6 shot after getting off Las Vegas school bus
Adult male in critical condition; teen male serious; at least 2 sought

LAS VEGAS - Six young people were shot Tuesday after they got off a school bus that left a high school, and one suffered critical injuries, authorities said. At least two individuals are suspected in the shooting in northeast Las Vegas, which occurred just before 2 p.m., said Officer Bill Cassell.

Gunshots rang out after the school bus left the area around North Walnut Road and East Alexander Road, Cassell said.

Six people were transported to University Medical Center.
- MSNBC

I may be way off of the mark on blaming this incident on child over medication but what happens to the child when they become an adult? From six years old to the time they become a full grown man or woman they have had no sense of reality growing up. For that matter been told that they are not normal and deserve special treatment. How does that teach the child about the real world that is sometimes very cruel?

When I was child, if I pissed of the school bully then we would eventually get into a school yard fight. Then my best friend Joannie would save my sorry ass by kicking the day lights out of the bully before he killed me. Lesson learned, never piss of the bully if Joannie is not close by. The bully would get in trouble and so would Joannie and I for fighting at school. Life is full of many lessons like that one but the end result is that as a child you learn what is acceptable behavior that are both negative and positive by your peers and from your parents.

You could take the healthiest child to any child psychologist and they would find a prescription that meets the child. Drugging them up is not always the answer. Don’t ever let any doctor tell you that the child may suffer if you do not have them on any particular medication for the latest syndrome. Second and third and fourth opinions are always YOUR option.

I can already see the headlines for this story tomorrow blaming guns for the kids being shot. This isn’t about guns. It’s about parents to busy with their own lives that will not deal with kids as they have been for all time. Just kids. There is no magic pill that is better than just life experience. Let the kids be kids and parents be real parents.

That isn’t going to happen in today’s world where both parents have to work just to survive and the children are just a by product of your combined careers. So get used to school shootings by problem children with issues that medication is supposed to solve. Trust me, been there, done that, did not work. I’m not innocent of the plague of the parental medication babysitting phenomenon we all live with today. This is just my personal opinion on the whole medicating our kids out of reality. I am not offering medical advice here.

As for most folks you could actually talk to your kids. They might just surprise you. They look up to Mom and Dad in ways that not one soul in the entire world will ever look at you. My kids amaze me every single day but I’m addicted to them so my opinion might not count. Most importantly, let your kids hang out with other kids their own age and learn what life is really all about. Stupidity is learned and hopefully it is a friend that shows your baby what not to do. My prayers are with you if your child is the stupid one that is actually caught.

Comments… Were you the stupid one amongst your friends?

Papamoka

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5 Comments:

Blogger Chell said...

This issue really touches home. When we moved to this small town, the local kindergarten teacher wanted to put my youngest on medication. She was shy at the time, new to the area, and adjusting to being in school, and this caused the teacher to label her a "loner." The teacher suggested we get her on medication for this. My son, two years older, was mischievous back then. I got lots of notes home about how he talked during class or some such kid stuff. And his teacher suggested he had ADHD and should be medicated. Alarms went off in my head, and I pulled all three kids out of public school. We home schooled for a couple of years (had done this in the city with the older two before), 'til we learned of open enrollment in the next town over, where the kids have done well. We found out that many of the kids in our town are on medication for ADHD. Also, there is nothing here for kids to do. When people have tried opening centers for them in the past, they've been voted down by the older residents. So drugs, drinking, stealing (even breaking into homes and cars), and worse are the norm for the kids here when they're older. It's a frightening world we raise kids in now, isn't it?

10:44 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

Chell,

I can't tell you how many times that I have heard a similar story such as yours. I'm not teacher bashing but just because they deal with kids every single day does not make them an expert on childrens behavior.

Great comment Chell as always.

5:29 AM  
Blogger B.J. said...

Skipping your question, I am amazed at how often I see my own thoughts and beliefs reflected in your writing. Let me just talk for a minute about Chris. Chris is my mentally challenged buddy, now age 24. I met Chris when he was seven, and through the years we have learned much from each other. Today, with my blindness, I could not eat without Chris’ help at the grocery store, but that’s another story. Chris’ parents have had him on Ritalin since about the time I met him – 17 years ago! I have talked to them about the possible effects of such long-term use of the drug, but they always tell me that Chris is “wild” without the Ritalin. I ask them, “How would you know since he hasn’t been off it in 17 years?” Sunday when Chris was here for his weekly visit, we talked about the Ritalin, and this mentally challenged young man who can sometimes be wiser than most said, “Why can’t parents just let kids be kids?” Now, I find a like thinker who understands the same way Chris and I understand. I didn’t tell him his parents’ lives are dedicated to their jobs, and they haven’t had time for him actually to be a kid. Wanna bet he’s figured that out for himself?

7:30 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

BJ you nailed this topic with your friends comment or question if kids could just be kids. I worry that the next generations will not be able to handle life because they simple have never been given the experience to deal with it first hand.

9:45 PM  
Blogger B.J. said...

Sadly, you are probably right about the next generation not being able to handle life, and think about what they will have to handle if the present down-the-crapper trend continues. Wish I could end this on a positive note, but cannot think of one. Sigh. Pills cannot replace parents who respect and put each other first. In bonds such this, the children have high self-esteem and seem to do just fine. Sadly, such family units are no longer the norm. Let me get off before I depress you!

6:03 AM  

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