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Our Children Are "The Label Generation"

I'm sitting in a meeting. That's unusual for me now. I only know one person. My mind wanders. ('What should I make for dinner?' 'Oh. Nordstrom is just right there. It would be so nice to go shopping.' 'I could really go for some candy right now.') Thoughts keep going through my head when I realize that I hadn't been focusing 100% of the time on the current speaker. Which led to my next thought, 'I wonder what label they would give me?'

It seems that just about every child in my daughter's classroom has some label. There's the "Hyper Active", the "Sensory Stimulation Disorder", and the good ol' "Attention Deficit". Would I be labeled as slightly Autistic because it was hard for me to meet everyone's eyes when we did the introductions around the table?

Thank goodness I wasn't born in the "Label Generation".

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7 comments:

  1. OMG I was just talking about this the other day! I honestly think it's just kids being kids, growing up we never had this right?

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  2. I know right my Monkey is 21 months and the Dr. thinks I should go to speech therapy, because she doesn't use 20 words yet or two word sentences that don't include what is that, juice please etc. but have two concepts

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  3. How true. They are so quick to label in today's world. Back in the day kids were just 'quirky', now they have to figure out why they are that way and label it.

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  4. Hey there! It's been awhile... I hate labels. They are thrown around so much these days. When I was in school it was bully, popular, burnout, drop out, loser...lol. Hope all is well!

    XOXO

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  5. Oh, I hear you! But whatever happened to plain old "shy"? Why does everything have to be so darned psychoanalyzed?

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  6. Not having any children of my own makes me less of an expert. Here is my two cents.

    The problem is that doctors are too willing to label kids so they can create a revenue stream. If a child has some type of a problem (not to say there are kids that don't mind you) then they have opened a new source of revenue for themselves, their practice, or hospital as well as the drug companies. Rat bastages.

    To be honest if I were a kid today, given my rather colorful childhood, I would likely be committed to an institution, medicated into zombiedom, and labeled antisocial with psychotic tendencies.

    It was far cheaper for my parents to punish me (and yes, I got my arse handed to me on more than one occasion) and explain right from wrong.

    Oh wait a moment. Parents actually raising their child. Oh yea, I forgot, this is a foreign concept to a lot people these days.

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  7. This year the whole meet the teacher was a waste of time. I felt like it was the same "speech" from teh teacher i met on the thursday before. only 9 more months, did you know there are only 8 more "school" days in September?

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