“Today, normal developmental phases can be misread as disorders by classroom teachers. Then, their inexpert diagnoses are too quickly confirmed by pediatricians in 15-minute office visits. Parents leave the doctor with a prescription in their hand and a label on their child.”
I wanted to share this very bubble-y piece badly enough to remember my blog login. Maureen Downey has always hit the mark. But lately, everything she writes seems a bullseye to me.
“Yes, it’s OK to be a boy” >
I enjoyed dinner and many glasses of wine this weekend with two mothers of kindergarten boys. Both are wonderful kids — and each a challenge, marching to his very own drummer. Hooray for them, I can say in my new-found grandma attitude toward little boys who aren’t mine.
If I had a dollar for every story I’ve heard in the past two years about mothers of kindergarten boys getting called up to school to talk about how their kids are unmanageable, or not academically up-to snuff, or not socially ready for school . . . they are 5 years old, for god’s sake! So what if some of them can’t read yet, or want to stand up all day, or need to bounce up and down while standing in line in the hall.
Personally, it’s very nice to read in Maureen’s story a validation of the “wait and see” approach. It’s extremely hard to do this in the pushy-mom suburban bubble we live in.