My Life as a Mom

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With 6 happy kids, life can be really fun around here! This blog is dedicated to the joys and sometimes chaos of having a large family. Okay, so it's always chaos around here, but fortunately, it's almost always fun, too!

Saturday, August 21, 2004

If you have a child that needs help, and you don't know what to do for him, there are alternatives to drugs. Lots of help is available, actually, that is REAL help and won't damage your kid.

Alternative Mental Health - this is a place to go to find a doctor who can help your child get off psychiatric drugs safely. These doctors will help you find the underlying physical conditions that could be affecting your child's behavior (like allergies, carbon monoxide poisoning, structural problems, etc.)

Children booklet - This book is full of really great advice on child raising. It's actually a brilliant viewpoint, and I have found it to be extremely helpful in raising my own children.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers - Volunteer Ministers can help you with just about any problem in life, including family troubles and problems with your child.

More on Scientology Philosophy - How to Live with Children

More on the "Children" booklet

Friday, August 20, 2004

On "ADHD";

I actually believe that one reason this "condition" now has a name, is that it can be very difficult for teachers to work with extremely bright children. So they label and drug them, and that slows them down a bit.

The psychiatrists, too, don't appreciate the brighter elements of society. Seeing as how psychiatrists typically graduate at the bottom of their class, that makes sense. They feel threatened. They aren't the most stable individuals, either, in general, being so likely to commit suicide or sexual assault on their patients (including children), and insurance fraud. They are far more likely to do these things than MD's in general.

So the guys at the bottom of the graduating class become psychiatrists. And they then tell parents of the brightest children to drug them.

Rather than looking a little bit further. What is the real problem here? Johnny is bouncing around a little too much? He's not comfortable sitting in a chair 6 hours a day and reading and writing?

Well, no wonder. Johnny has energy and a desire to DO.

This is not a bad thing!

We should not "adapt" our brightest minds to the stifling boredom of school. Rather, we should change how we "school" our children, so the brightest - and the slowest, and those in between - can all be educated as individuals, in the manner most suitable and beneficial to them.

Drugging the children WILL slow them down, but it can also kill them. Kurt Cobain was a Ritalin child. Many children raised on Ritalin find they cannot live without drugs later in life (having been raised on a hard-core addictive substance - which, no matter what your child's psychiatrist may tell you, it is. It is a CONTROLLED substance, in the same class of drugs as COCAINE.)

Fight for Kids

Citizens Commission on Human Rights

Thursday, August 19, 2004

One of my sons has much more energy than the other kids. I have always known that if he were in public school, no doubt he'd be labeled as diseased "Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder" (ADHD) or some such nonsense.

Basically, it's just that he has a lot of power, and since he's still a kid, he needs a lot of help channeling that area. When he's grown up, he'll probably be a "high-powered" businessman. (Notice that term? It describes so-called "ADHD" kids so well!)

Well, I found one way to really help him is to find complex things for him to work on. (He's also extremely bright, as most "ADHD" labeled kids are.)

So I give my son lots of challenges. He thrives on them.

I'll get him to time himself doing 40 sit-ups. Then on his own, he'll work on it - every day - to get better and better.

I'll give him paper, cardboard, glue, markers, and string, and he'll make something wonderful out of it, like a race track for his little brother's cars.

Without challenges, he FINDS them, and it's when kids create challenges that adults seem to panic. "What are you doing up on the roof?" The kid answers, "I'm going to drop this water balloon and see how far the water splatters."

These are the "precocious" kids who get drugged, when really, all they need are challenges.

Children - How to Raise Them and Give Them Hope for the Future

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

I just found a new, very good, history textbook for my oldest two children. We picked it up used, which works just fine, as I think it cost a whole dollar!

We really like to keep a pretty well-rounded library available for the kids. Finding books used is really an excellent way to do that. One disadvantage to the library, is that with a lot of kids, the chances of damaging a book are much higher than with just one or two. And lugging 3 books per child back and forth to the library might not seem like much - but when you have 6 kids under the age of 10 (which I had), then you know that lugging 6 KIDS back and forth to the library is daunting in itself. Add to that, 18 books you REALLY don't want to lose, and it's just too much trouble!

But when you've got your own library in your home, the kids pass down their favorite books to their younger siblings. When they're researching something, chances are you've got info on it right there. Plus they never feel a loss of reading material. There is always something interesting which they haven't read yet!

We converted one closet in our house to a kids' library. We just put in a bunch of shelves. The bottom shelf was tall, for those really large children's books. The top shelf was very narrow, to fit perfectly for the small paperbacks of the older kids.

We divided the shelves up by age, mostly, but keep one area for science books, one for history books, one for art books, etc.

This has worked really well. And it's big enough, that we felt we could add to our little library without having to find a place for more bookshelves.

Mom and Dad's books have kept their spot in the living room, although we keep "books to read before bed" next to our bed in a smaller shelf, and also computer books by the computer.

If children have lots of reading material at home, and if the parents put importance on reading, as long as the kids CAN read, I think most of them WILL.

Volunteer Ministers - Literacy Programs.

Monday, August 16, 2004

If you have a DOG with diabetes, and don't want to resort to insulin shots and drugs, but are looking for a nutritional solution to CANINE diabetes, check out this information!

For diabetic dogs:

Canine Diabetes
Nutrition for diabetic dogs
Treating Diabetic Dogs without Insulin
About the canine diabetic condition
Lower Dog's Blood Sugar
Canine Diabetes - Nutritional Problems
Curing Canine Diabetics - without medication

Sunday, August 15, 2004

If you have a cat with diabetes, and don't want to resort to insulin shots and drugs, but are looking for a nutritional solution to feline diabetes, check out this information!

For diabetic cats:

Feline Diabetes
Nutrition for diabetic cats
Treating Diabetic Cats without Insulin
About the feline diabetic condition
Lower Cat's Blood Sugar
Feline Diabetes - Nutritional Problems
Curing Feline Diabetics - without medication