Supporting Kids Though the Ups and Downs of Friendship
Electronics surround us - seemingly every minute of every day, and our dependency on them is becoming an ever increasing problem.
Ted was an eight year old with the curiosity of a scientist; however, he couldn’t sit still when he tried to read. He tilted and turned his head so much that his body tipped until he fell right out of his chair. “We thought it was an attention problem but now we know it was as if he was trying to follow the words, but the words tumbled right off the page,” his father described after Ted’s successful treatment for a hidden vision problem. Ted had “perfect eyesight.” 20/20 vision in each eye, just as previous vision screenings had reported; however, he could not comfortably and accurately maintain good efficient eye teaming.
Children today seem to have the weight of the world on their shoulders, or at least they seem to think they do. It’s not uncommon to walk down the street and see them dressed in black clothing from head to toe, hear them voicing their frustrations loudly to whomever will listen, or simply see them scowl at the world. Unfortunately, this behavior is not isolated to teens, who parents have accepted as the “angry, angst-filled” segment of the population; it can be witnessed in younger children aged, three to thirteen, as well. With busy social calendars, more toys, clothes, and gadgets to their names than any other generation in the history of the world, and more income at their disposal than previous generations – it brings to mind the question of exactly what do these children have to be angry about?