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Published: Tuesday, April 16 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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TOO
Sanpete, UT

We do not have an increase in ADHD. What we have, as the article suggests, is too many kids that can't sit still.

When I was young, if I was bouncing off the walls in church or school, do you know what my mom and dad did? My mom would usually come sit with me. That calmed me right down. It's amazing what would happen if my parent(s) were watching me.

Kids are just so hopped up on tv and energy drinks and the parents do nothing to stop that. Parents need to get a hold of their kids and calm them down and make them be respectful.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

It's a lack of desire.

TOO
Sanpete, UT

People are so concerned that it will be considered child abuse if you spank your kid nowadays. Bring back the slap, soapy mouthwash, timeout, grounding, chores...anything. Anything to teach kids respect.
Get them out of the tv room and away from electronics. It's getting to where it's completely asinine and unbelievable all the things these kids have to distract them from reality. The dumbing down of America has begun.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

The gist of the article is being missed. The problem is an overdiagnosis of ADHD by non-medically trained people.

Teachers are not engaging the kids or using teaching methods that actually get the attention of the kids. Most likely they are teaching below the level that the kids could be learning at. The kids are bored, and bored kids will find ways to entertain themselves.

If they want to fix the problem, make learning a challenge again. Let kids fail, and tell them that they fail. Give kids grades, don't just rate them as meeting grade level or not.

dorio
Rock Springs, WY

I have created an essential oil blend for my son with severe ADHD called Jeddy's Blend (Jed is my son) and it has had amazing results. He is a different kid in school, his teacher cannot believe the difference. I have received hundreds of emails where families are desperate for an alternative because they don't want to put their kids on medication and the schools are pressuring them to do so. It is not their call! As a parent WE decide what is best for our children. Teachers are frustrated and treating these kids as "bad kids", they need help but the help does not always come in the form of a pill. Schools need to be more educated, parents need to be more educated on what their children are eating. So much has to do with the foods they are eating. Unless you have a child with ADHD you cannot understand, and spanking them is not going to help them settle down. It's like a motor that they can't turn off, my son had a desperation in his eyes looking to me for help because he couldn't stop. Knowledge is power!

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