August 4, 2018
My thoughts just drifted back to my childhood and to how much I loved sitting on the floor at Nana’s feet, feeling unconditional love and listening to her stories, memories, advice, and so much more. Time was meaningless as I knew such love and acceptance and encouragement and lost all sense of time.
How fitting to immediately find this before me! “Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” – Jeremiah 33:2-3
Can I have an
November 12, 2016
Not a pretty picture! Raw diamonds do not look like much until they are broken, shaped, cleaned, polished . . . the work of the Master’s hand makes all the difference.
August 5, 2016
I, like most of you, have been thinking a lot about the sad and frightening news stories of late. They seem to grow in number. I love children and the ones I listen to give me hope for the future. This is my second tiny teacher post in two days . . . perhaps a series is coming!
I recall this conversation, but not the source. . . still, it needs sharing!
CHILD: Daddy, what’s sin?
CHILD: Then why would people choose to sin?
DADDY: I guess some people crave sin like others crave rhubarb pie!
CHILD: I don’t like rhubarb pie!
DADDY: Me either!
July 24, 2012
I read this quote earlier and it was really one that touched me deeply:
The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.
– Peggy O’ Mara –
Taking Peggy’s words here a step further than she appears to say, I firmly believe and know that not only do we affect the way the children in our lives view themselves in later life, but also the way in which they know God Himself depends largely upon the way in which we talk to them and make them feel. When we grow impatient or reactionary . . . when we speak without considering our tone, our word choice, and the power of life and death contained in words, we can do lasting damage to another OR we can lead them toward the absolute knowledge that they are beloved sons and daughters of the King of Kings. Which image are you projecting? Is it the one you truly desire to? PLEASE resolve to be a positive influence moving forward! God bless you in your journey!
October 22, 2011
The new guidelines for ADHD now recommend that doctors evaluate children beginning at age four! Yes, that right. The American Academy of Pediatrics has just released its expanded guidelines.
Penny, grandmother of a seven year old with ADHD says, “I sure wish this recommendation had happened years ago so that we’d have been able to get treatment a lot sooner for my granddaughter.” Her granddaughter does very well in school now that her ADHD has been diagnosed, but prior to her diagnosis to say she struggled is an understatement. Her family knew something was wrong. Her teacher knew something was wrong. What a blessing the eventual diagnosis was since it meant proper treatment!
The “old rules” had doctors evaluate all children between age 6 and 12 for signs of ADHD, but this new change has expanded that to include all children from age 4 through 18. This change has come about for many reasons including:
- Behavior problems can show up sooner
- Over activity can show up sooner
- Trouble paying attention can show up sooner
- ADHD continues into adolescence
- ADHS has been shown to persist into adulthood
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rates of diagnosis are higher among adolescents than younger kids. Their data reveals that from 6 – 9 percent of kids have ADHD. “I’m glad to see the guidelines now recognize ADHD can occur both in younger children and older adolescents as well,” said Aude Henin, from Massachusetts General Hospital’s Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program. “I think those are things that have been ignored in the past.” There are signs parents and teachers can look for in considering if a child or teen may have ADHD, including:
- Short attention span
- Difficulties following directions
- Excessive need for movement
It’s important for parents and teachers to be actively involved in observing the child’s behavior as the symptoms may not show during a brief visit to the pediatrician. It is also important for parents to be educated as to how they can contribute to the treatment of the child with ADHD, especially in those children who are diagnosed at a very young age. Teachers of such children should also be aware and be prepared to react appropriately. Depending on the severity of the problem, very young children can sometimes be treated through behavior modification alone rather than medicine. In more severe cases medicine as well as behavior modification may be necessary. As with most medicines, parents will need to watch for side effects of the medicine prescribed.
ADHD can persist for a long time. It’s important for parents, teachers, and doctors to work closely together in treating this condition.