College applications are in, exams are over, and a new, maybe not-so-pleasant attitude has taken hold. As first semester ends, senioritis often begins. And in the next few months, the symptoms may increase to include hitting the snooze button six or seven times every morning, wearing the same set of sweats to school every day, and an overpowering need to rebel against the system.
Almost every parent is convinced at some point in time that their child must be 'hyperactive.' And, since hyperactivity is one symptom of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, that child must have ADHD. The American Psychiatric Association states the incidence of ADD to be about 5 percent, though some reports suggest that it is higher.
A couple of weeks ago, LN editor Trish Muyco-Tobin emailed me a thought-provoking question: In today’s society, what does it mean to be tough? And, in particular, what does this mean for our children? As the father of two boys, these questions hit home. I want my children to be resilient, but I also don’t want them to be arrogant.
This month, instead of offering advice, I’m going to ask for your input. But first, a little background: began my first practice more than 34 years ago in a small southeast Missouri town. When my patients needed me outside of office hours, they called me at home; my number was in the book. On rare occasions, they just dropped by my house, as my address was listed, too. I had an answering machine to direct callers when I was not 'on call,' and when I was on call, my wife was my answering service. I attended every complicated delivery, met my patients in the emergency department, and made rounds twice daily on the many patients I admitted to the local hospital. There were no 'hospitalists.' There were no urgent-care centers or walk-in clinics. (And Al Gore had not yet invented the Internet.)
Merilee Kern knows about fitness. A former female body-building champion, Kern was an active child. Now that she’s a mother herself, she wants to ensure that her children and their peers benefit from physical fitness and healthy food choices.
Depression is known to affect about one in 10 American adults; and for many, depression takes hold well before adulthood. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that approximately 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18. In fact, very young children can show signs of depression, notes one area expert.
At The St. Michael School of Clayton, there are no bells signaling students to move from room to room, individual desks in rows, or teachers speaking from the head of the class. Rather, kids are given the flexibility to learn at their own pace, in their own way. “We focus on teaching the individual child,” says head of school Elizabeth Mosher. “We never want the child to have to fit into a certain curriculum. We tailor the curriculum to fit each individual child, so that they succeed and grow from year-to-year.”