Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Today in my advanced biblical counseling course we discussed the all-too-common problem in today's culture of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; or known as ADD). In discussing the problem, I was surprised at the symptoms that can cause a teacher, a parent, an administrator or whoever to put a child on this medication - from making a careless mistake in homework, to having difficulty maintaining attention in something, to difficulty in organizing, or forgetfulness, or a child who often runs or climbs. Most of these sound like normal childhood situations to me. The issue is not which drug to prescribe to the child but rather how parents should deal with these situations.

One quote from my professor stuck out to me. He said this (in the context of the parents properly disciplining their children to teach them): Make every disciplinary event an opportunity for the Gospel!

Oh how true this is. May we be true to this calling.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

3 comments:

Dan and Autumn said...

As a nanny I must comment that you are right on! In today's society, Dr.'s and teachers are quick to act upon the negativity of a child's actions (not paying attention, can't sit still, homework not excellent) to mean that they are lacking and need to be medicated. But rather, what is happening is that these children are not being properly disciplined nor are they being challenged enough.
I, too, get bored in a class if it is something that I have already taken or know and am now looking for the elective credit. Due to my age, I will sit there and not disturb others, but children can't sit there and remain quiet UNLESS they are taught this from a young age. But that doesn't happen now-a-days.
Children run the homes, and the restaurants, and whatnot and then they are expected to "know" how to act at school. Proverbs 22:6 put it all in perspective of where we need to be!
Thank you!!

geoffrey kirkland said...

You are right on!

Blessings,

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