I ran across an article a few weeks ago that still has me shaking my head in wonder.
It was titled,
You can read the entire article, of course, but allow me to break it down for you. According to "the specialist," Dr. Blair Hammond, a general pediatrician at Mt. Sinai, she sees kids everyday suffering from school stress. It is so common, that checking for "school stress" is now a part of the back-to-school checkup routine. Children as young as ages 6-8 years old are complaining about stomach pains and headaches.
Is it just me, or is time to ask some tough questions?
Let's ask them later. More goodies from the article include the statement, "You don't want kids to get turned off (to) school early, because they probably have many years of education down the road." Probably? Well, if they're 6-8 years old, yeah, probably.
I have to say my favorite part of the article is the sound advice on how to figure out if your kid has school stress. For instance, you can ask the question, "What stresses you out?" Well, apparently things like learning disorders, bullying, and being late to class. I know that tops my list. In addition to bully-avoidance, getting your butt to class on time, or a visit to the "shrinker," some concrete tips on making it all better are to ensure your child eats properly, gets enough sleep, and (wait for it) "has 15-20 minutes for pure fun each day." You can't make this stuff up.
Reading this article actually made me shake (or maybe it was the extra Starbucks), either way, the only way to stop the insanity is to stop participating in it. How did we get to a place in our society where school makes young children ill? Only you can prevent school stress...opt out.