Have you ever gotten physically tired playing
with your children from them saying “do it again.”?
You just couldn’t lift them again
You just couldn’t throw them in the air one more time
You just couldn’t swing them in a circle without passing out.
So… why is it that they always say DO IT AGAIN?
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The children and I watched a great documentary the other day “BEING ELMO”.
It is the story of the puppeteer Kevin Clash, who is the voice of Elmo. He was raised in the projects of Baltimore and loved making puppets as a high school student and performing their magic to children all over the inner city of Baltimore. He was bullied in HS and was made fun of constantly because this giant kid did not play sports and do what others were doing.
I think of the words of the Catholic Priest Brennan Manning…
”A Tragedy is that our attention centers on what people are not, rather than on what they are and who they might become.”
People missed that in Kevin.
They missed “who he might become!”
I wonder who is better off now…
The bully basketball player or Kevin?
He cited his parents as his encouragement, that kept him puppeteering
despite the comments from Kevin’s peers. And $5 million dollars a year later,
I think Kevin has done “a little” better than the naysayers in his school.
Bullying is a hot topic today. We need to get our amazing children through that battle. Usually what happens, is the bullied kid is the genius. He is bullied because he doesn’t fit the “mobs” mold. If we give them what they need to get through that affliction, it’s usually the bullied child that goes on to do way more than what the so called “popular” ones end up doing. One day the bullies will be calling that child sir and boss.
Parents , don’t let bullies rape your children of their gifts and creativity.
Just because one of our children is not what everyone else thinks he should be….
doesn’t mean he is weird or he is abnormal…..HE JUST MAY BE ELMO!
(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.