Who’dda thought I’d be saying this?

Certainly not my kids. They know how much I hate the French.

But the French are onto something that I’ve been preaching about for over 20 years. They have a 5% rate of ADHD in their kids. We have over 9%. They don’t treat their kids with drugs like we do. They don’t see ADHD and other disorders as biological in basis that requires chemical medications (Ritalin) to treat, like we do. We are quick to look for a pill to cure all our problems.

The French see ADHD as an external situational disorder and they treat the underlying psychosocial causes with family therapy. They don’t resort to finding a pill to fix this. Might be the reason that the French have fewer kids going berserk at school and blowing classmates away. (Well that, and I guess guns aren’t as plentiful in socialistic France as they still are here.)

Also, the French raise their children differently than Americans do. They believe (as do I) that kids need boundaries and structure to feel safe. I also believe (as do the French) this gives kids the ability to learn patience and self discipline. The French still believe that a judiciously applied spanking is not child abuse, either. Good Lord, try telling one of your neighbors that you spank your kid and then prepare for a visit from CPS.

If you want to read more on the differences between American and French parenting, as well as the mental disorders of our respective children, you can read it here. It’s short.

So, on the same topic, if you read Drudge you’ve read this head line: According to CDC, 1 in 5 children have a mental disorder.

According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 20 percent of American children are suffering from mental disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression and autism.

Think about that for a minute. For every 50 kids your child knows and ends up going to school with, 10 of them have a mental disorder. And in America, we treat mental disorders with drugs. Many of the drugs we treat our children with have never been tested on children.

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2 responses to “Who’dda thought I’d be saying this?

  • loopyloo305

    Amen and amen! I refused to let my son who was diagnosed with ADHD be treated with drugs. I worked with a child physcologist and therapy that was supposed to train patience and fine motor skills. It worked too, God bless you Roxy!

    • roxannadanna

      And God bless you too Loopy. I’m so glad you refused the medication route (the lazy route) and went for the proactive parenting approach. We had our son Michael tested the spring before he went to middle school because we could see that he was struggling in math. The school psychologist was a good friend of ours and he told us after that we could probably qualify for special ed. and special “services” from the school. We told him NO. We would not stigmatize our son with all that. We would continue to spend extra time helping him and hire a tutor if need be. He turned out just fine. Graduated from high school and UNLV with a bachelor’s degree. 😉

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