Monster Kids

What’s happening (so many people wonder) that is making at least half of kindergartners engage in frequent fighting, aggression, and tantrums?  Is it ADD or ADHD or any more letters from the beginning of the alphabet?  Yes, it must be…so drug ‘em into obedience!

Over the last year, we’ve also seen many reports that pre-schoolers were being thrown out, because of “bad behavior,” including an unwillingness to cooperate, to listen to “teachers,” and even a tendency to assault other children.  Well, we can drug ‘em for that, too.  Or, how ’bout yoga and other forms of meditation? (I personally find that foot massages take off my edges!).

We have two choices:  figure out how to get control of these out-of-control kids, or how not to drive them to distraction in the first place.  I vote for “Door #2.”

A 2006 study in the journal “Early Childhood Research Quarterly” demonstrated that day-care children show increases in the stress hormone cortisol throughout the day compared to children at home. 

A 2007 study, headed by Susanna Loeb, an Associate Professor of Education at Stanford University, found that children who spend more time in child-care centers early in life show more behavior problems in later years, compared with kids who have spent less time away from home and momma, and that the negative effects were greater among children who had entered child-care centers at earlier ages.

It takes a momma and a daddy, and a warm, loving home to get a child ready to deal with the unpredictable, unfair, restrictive, and demanding realities of life.  Please give them that time with you.