My Non-Medical Opinion

(please don’t think I am belittling any disorder)

I’VE GOT A FUNNY FEELING ABOUT ALL THIS ADD STUFF

I am amazed that if any child is active today and has a short attention span, they are immediately labeled as ADD or ADHD.  Active, short attention span….??? C’mon folks that is the definition of “children” in the dictionary. And I have 4 of them.

I have this funny notion that since our society has looked  down on spanking and because  schools have removed corporal punishment, there seems to be a strong coincidence with the rise of these new disorders.

Less discipline then more diagnosis and new capital letters. I want to capitalize letters too…..K-I-D-S.

I would also add to the list the loss of children wanting to be outside playing .They have lost the desire to be out of the house and the ability to be creative because of  game systems. The games have taken away the imagination of our children.  Where we could find incredible uses for pieces of wood, dad’s tools and trees…. now we just stare at screens.  No one builds a tree house anymore.  We would rather arm ourselves with automatic assault weapons and walk through the streets of some middle eastern country with our fellow naval seals and we are only just 10 years old.

Ritalin is our new and easy answer. Ritalin I believe has replaced spanking and playing outside. It so much easier to give medication than to raise children.

You may think of me as simplistic and insensitive to those who really have this disorder. It’s not meant to be.  I just have a funny feeling about all this ADD stuff.

LET’S TALK…..THE PROBLEM WITH THE IPOD

OPEN EARS MEANS OPEN MOUTHS

“Wearing headphones or earbuds for an hour increases bacteria in your ear 700 times”

This is on the wall of my son’s science room at school. It’s a  problem  when people  see that as the predominant reason not to wear headphones. I think it’s more serious than that…. Take the earbuds out and let’s talk!

We have an unspoken rule in our home…..NO EARBUDS ON ANYONE!  Why?  Bacteria 700 times? Are we a family that sees ear hygiene as a priority? Nope…..There’s a bigger reason.  We want to teach our children to dialogue.

We are raising a generation of children that are locked in their own world. I am so tired of trying to engage with young people that only know unintelligible responses of grunts to questions.

Ipods have been an amazing invention but like anything , it can have its abuse. They teach children to listen but never question. It teaches them to be silent but never speak up.  It teaches them to be a receiver but not a giver. That’s is way more dangerous than bacteria.  Ipods are silencing our children. We no longer get to hear their questions, their worries, their fears or their opinions.

Do you wonder why your children don’t talk to you?  It’s not that they don’t have anything to say; it’s because they have been silenced.  Silenced by things in their ears not stuff over their mouth.  Someone figured out if you can put noise in their ears then you can close their mouth.

Parents, teachers, youth pastors, children pastors…..I “BESEECH YOU”(a strong Pauline word) to get the headphones off your children.  If you open up their ears then you open up their mouths…

AND IF YOU OPEN UP THEIR MOUTHS THEN YOU GET TO HEAR THEIR HEARTS.

Matthew 12:34 “….for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks…”

I think if we update this KJV language , Jesus would say in the TDV (Tim Dilena Version which is not very reliable)….. ”take the headphones off and start talking with each other and then when you talk you get to hear how cool they really are because you are hearing their core self”.