An honest and eye-opening account of a man’s struggle with video game addiction. I was especially interested in how this problem manifested itself during his teenage and college years. He and his parents apparently normalized the behavior. We do that…don’t we? I agree that gaming can be a poor substitute for legitimate social relationships. Social needs and self-esteem are met in a virtual world where one feels important and powerful. His story is an important lesson on managing our children’s electronic habits.
Hope everyone has a great first day! Here is my 3rd Grader.
The CDC just released new data that indicates ADHD prevalence rose from 7% in 1998-2000 to 9% in 2007-2009. In the south and midwest prevalence increased to 10%. Critics and skeptics will argue it’s over diagnosis and misdiagnosis due to our search for easy answers to behavioral or attention problems along with an increasingly pill happy society. I would argue that while some of that may be true most of the increase is due to better awareness and detection, less stigmatization and improved access to mental health care.
Over the past 20 years creativity in American children has been on the decline according to a large study published in 2010. Blame the obsession with test taking in our schools, television, technology and our over scheduled lives which limits divergent thinking, novel ideas and imaginative and creative playtime for kids. Learn why time for play matters.
I appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience while I am on vacation with my family. If you need anything please do not hesitate to call my office mgr, Catherine, directly at 972.313.0505.
Kids and teens lamenting the end of summer often admit they look forward to a new school year. It’s their opportunity for a fresh start, new goals, organization and a blank slate. A “do-over” if need be. The new school year also presents an opportunity for us parents to do the same. Here are some habits I am going to work on. We don’t have to wait till New Year’s.