Livid.

I thumbed through the latest “Parents” magazine and there is a 4 page article about ADD and how drugs for malady is UNDERprescribed and ADD is UNDERdiagnosed.
Then I read this article:congress.org/congressorg/issues/alert/?alertid=6295371&content_dir=ua_congressorg.
What is going on in this country?

That is the only thing that upset you from that rag? Color me surprised.

-D

How about a full page ad for ‘just my size’ underwear, with a woman showing her panties in my kid’s Nick Jr magazine!
Gimme a break!

[quote=SP38]How about a full page ad for ‘just my size’ underwear, with a woman showing her panties in my kid’s Nick Jr magazine!
Gimme a break!
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Are there any GOOD clean magazines out there for children?

[quote=dhgray]Are there any GOOD clean magazines out there for children?
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I highly doubt it. All I ever see at school is Seventeen, YM, and others close to that. So I highly doubt it.:frowning:

First the dumbing down of America and now the drugging of America. I am just saddened beyond belief. I home educate so that my children are not screened by bogus ideologies…but I can see a day when not even home educating is going to protect them.

Nick Jr. that is NOT surprising as Nickolodian (sic) is owned by the company which owns MTV and CBS, remember Janet Jackson etc?
Highlights magazine is still one pretty good magazine.
The thing about the drugging of children, what can we do about it?
My children are about to enter public school this year, after being homeschooled for 3 years, and I am concerned.

That is the only thing that upset you from that rag? Color me surprised.

Wow, “Parents” has a reputation!??! It looked harmless. I usually read “Family Fun” magazine.

[quote=dhgray]Are there any GOOD clean magazines out there for children?
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We really have liked ZooBooks, Kids Discover and National Geographic for Kids so far.

My daughter loves the kids magazines published by a company called Cricket. The series is by age level and magazines include Spider, Ladybug, Cricket, and Cicada. They are primarily literature–short stories, articles, poems, letters to the editors from the kids, art, cartoons, and similar. The company also publishes magazines related to science and history. The science magazine called Muse is published by Cricket and the Smithsonian. It really is awesome. Also, there is a wonderful kids history magazine called Cobblestones published by the same company. My daughter looks forward to her magazines and is thrilled when they arrive. I highly recommend them.

[quote=Lilyofthevalley]I thumbed through the latest “Parents” magazine and there is a 4 page article about ADD and how drugs for malady is UNDERprescribed and ADD is UNDERdiagnosed.
Then I read this article:congress.org/congressorg/issues/alert/?alertid=6295371&content_dir=ua_congressorg.
What is going on in this country?
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My nephew (my sister’s son) takes some form of anti-depressant. I think its Zoloft. The reason? He has some non-specific “behavioral issues”. Great. Instead of functioning like a parent, let’s medicate him. Studies have come out saying that this sort of medication has been linked to suicidal tendencies in adolescents. Did I mention that he’s 8?

All this poor boy needs is a firm hand on the rudder and some parental involvement. I shake my head in wonder.

If you are looking for a good teen magazine, try Guideposts for Teens published by Our Sunday Visitor. I use it for our youth group!

Faith and Family is a good magazine for families with great illustrations, as well as Catholic Parent magazine with ideas and suggestions including videos, books etc to be used from infancy to all stages of parenthood. Worth a try!

[quote=dhgray]Are there any GOOD clean magazines out there for children?
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My 10 year old daughter gets American Girl magazine. It is very good for girls 9-12. One thing I like is the lack of makeup on the covergirl!

I have two grandsons diagnosed with ADD. Both incidentally have astronomical IQ scores. One’s behavior in school and at home improved dramatically after starting drug therapy. He was on the verge of what I would call sociopathic behavior before the therapy. After a year, he was to the point where behavioral therapy and family therapy, including a summer camp for kids like him, became possible. We unashamedly used the money club over the parents, threatening to withhold Catholic school tuition and help with his camp and therapy, to encourage them to attend parenting classes and family therapy. Now 3 years later he is being weaned off drugs this year and continues to be a delightful, intelligent, creative child.

The other one does not labor under the burden of parents who do not discipline, and to this observer the problem seems to be one diagnosed by the school, not by the doctors, since switching schools has seemed to solve the problem. He is not taking drugs at this time.

Asquared, I do not doubt SOME children benefit from ADD and ADHD drugs. There was one boy at church, who was stuffing batteries up his nose, and he was EIGHT. There was something going on.
However, this particular magazine article listed that “…blurting out in class…” was reason to believe a child was ADD and needed these meds.
I don’t get it~enthusiasm is a BAD thing?
The Zoloft for an 8 year old? Who prescribed that and for what?
By the way, my daughter started her first day of school today. I, almost, cried, and I received a note stating she did VERY well. :thumbsup:
My son is next, once he gets over a horrible cough.

My 10 year old daughter gets American Girl magazine. It is very good for girls 9-12. One thing I like is the lack of makeup on the covergirl!

Good. Anyone notice these “styles” for girls lately? There are HEALS, I am talking HEALS for 7-9 year olds! What is with that?

[quote=Lilyofthevalley]Asquared, I do not doubt SOME children benefit from ADD and ADHD drugs. There was one boy at church, who was stuffing batteries up his nose, and he was EIGHT. There was something going on.
However, this particular magazine article listed that “…blurting out in class…” was reason to believe a child was ADD and needed these meds.
I don’t get it~enthusiasm is a BAD thing?
The Zoloft for an 8 year old? Who prescribed that and for what?
By the way, my daughter started her first day of school today. I, almost, cried, and I received a note stating she did VERY well. :thumbsup:
My son is next, once he gets over a horrible cough.
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This is a case where I expect drugs are being used to compensate for lack of parental control. Even 8-year olds need to learn to wait their turn and to think of others before themselves.

Can I pipe in and say it is possible for ADD to be underdiagnosed in those who have it and still grossly overdiagnosed in those who don’t? I’d go so far as to speculate that both ADD and depression may fall into this category.

I will also go on the record as saying that ADD is a real problem for the people who have it. They are squirrels in a turtle society, asked to settle down in ways they are simply not capable of managing. So, while some kids are “squirrelly” because they’ve never been asked to settle down, some just can’t do it, at least not without medication. I have seen it. It is heartbreaking.

I would rather make society a little more understanding and cut back on the medication, but I don’t know enough about the problem to say if that is even an option for a child trying to learn to read, for instance.

BLB Oregon, I don’t doubt there is a small minority of children who need medication.
However there is a study that came out yesterday, which states children with ADD benefit from playing outdoors.
That is a total no brainer, when children are allowed to be children their ADD, SOMEHOW, improves.my.webmd.com/content/article/93/102307.htm?z=1728_00000_1000_nb_06
I “love” the Strattera add next to the article.

:crying: This is all I can say…This topic upsets me this badly…

I find it really difficult to even read some of these posts… I can’t mentally deal with it… What are we suppose to do… Don’t worry…I am just upset… I know the answer…

Tanya

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