Can Movement Help Your Baby or Child? YES!

The NASPE (National Association for Sport and Physical Education) Guidelines for movement for children are designed to support the health and well-being of children throughout the United States. The guidelines state that “All children from birth to age 5 should engage in daily physical activity that promotes movement skillfulness and foundations of health-related fitness.” Here’s what that really means.

Infants – “Caregivers should place infants in settings that encourage and stimulate movement experiences and active play for short periods of time several times each day.” “You can encourage your infant to be active from the time he or she is born.” For example, offer your infant small challenges like placing a toy just outside their reach, so that the infant crosses the midline of the body to reach and grasp.

Toddlers – “Toddlers should engage in a total of at least 30 minutes of structured physical activity each day.” PLUS at least 60 minutes – and up to several hours – per day of unstructured physical activity and “should NOT be sedentary for more than 60 minutes at a time, except when sleeping.” Encourage moving by modeling and example. Try out simple, safe movements together from baby yoga programs.

Preschoolers – “Preschoolers should accumulate at least 60 minutes of structured physical activity each day.” PLUS at least 60 minutes – and up to several hours – of unstructured activity each day and “should NOT be sedentary for more than 60 minutes at a time, except when sleeping.” Preschoolers love to move. Doing simple, cross-lateral movements like cross crawls before any learning activity helps switch on the brain, encourage focus, and just makes kids feel happy!

When you encourage movement, along with great nutrition and lots of love, you give your baby an important opportunity to avoid ADHD-like behaviors and other challenges later on. We can’t control the ups and downs of life, but movement promotes brain cell development and enhancement, and has been shown to even help children better handle life’s difficulties.

Sadly, most of our schools and day care centers are not meeting the NASPE movement guidelines. And our children’s brains, intelligence, and well-being suffer.

I started the Children’s Brain Body Balancing program to bring simple movements right into the classroom and day care center and give parents tools to help their children focus, feel calm and learn to self-regulate. For more information, check my website – solutionswithoutdrugs.com.

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Part 1 – Anderson Cooper Show on ADHD – Not a Fair Fight

Dear Mr. Cooper,
Parents deserve to hear important facts about ADHD medications that were not addressed recently on your show about ADHD. The lives and health of millions of American children are at stake. We do not want our children to have to pay the terrible price of our ignorance.

ADHD medications are neurotoxic and brain-disabling. This is the real science that Dr. Jensen intentionally did not address. Nor did Dr. Jensen address the fact that psychiatry is trying to make us believe that age-appropriate childhood behavior is an illness. Dr. Jensen’s calm, soothing tones were an act designed to hide bad medicine. His description of children losing their “sparkle” is a far cry from the reality of children drugged into submission like zombies.

Since the 1980s the FDA has warned repeatedly about the seriousness and overuse of psycho-stimulants (ADHD medication) on children. These are the same drugs that were banned from the American market years ago as diet pills and the chemical cousins to the street drugs we DON’T want our children to use. These drugs have been repackaged as ADHD medication, but a nice ad campaign cannot hide the deadly facts.

You need to fight fair, Mr. Cooper, and ask a doctor of similar status and medical background to appear on your show, such as David Stein or Peter Breggin, who can explain the very real and frightening effects of ADHD medications and give parents healthy options for helping their children grow and mature safely. For this to be a fair debate, you also need to produce a show that invites parents of children who died or were permanently impaired because of ADHD medication. Give parents a chance to experience the other side.

Parents can check online at solutionswithoutdrugs.com, psychintegrity.org, and toxicpsychiatry.com for accurate and complete information on ADHD and ADHD medication.

Sincerely,
Marcia Lee, Solutions Without Drugs, Children’s Brain/Body Balancing

Why I do this work? Answer: Love

  In spite of what sometimes seems to be insurmountable odds, I still believe in love. I think most of us who choose to teach and care for children, do so because we love them, because we want to see them grow up happy, fulfilled, creative, caring, and giving. The question is, is that possible in today’s world?

  There is no doubt in my mind that the U.S. is an “empire of illusion,” as Chris Hedges calls it. When did it change? We began in America with hard work, commitment, integrity, pride as well as humility, and helping our neighbors.  Over the years we have sunk into an illusory world fueled by unchecked capitalism, self-aggrandizement, and greed amongst a small but powerful elite who have forgotten who we are and why we are here on earth. “The free market and globalization, promised as routes to world-wide prosperity, have been exposed as two parts of a con game.” We have shifted from production to consumption. Lost jobs, lost homes, and a seemingly lost future – for us, for our children.

  And the road appears to be heading toward even more illusion and greater controls. The corporation is a facade used by many people to hide their worst intentions. “The corporation is designed to make money without regard to human life, the social good, or the impact of the corporation’s activities on the environment,” says Hedges. This new elite uses its spurious power without regard for human sanctity. Knowing this, it fears losing its influence and wealth (what they call power), and will foment what it can to impose more control. Not the democracy we once envisioned.

  Hedges points out, “Democracy and capitalism are antagonistic entities. Democracy, like individualism, is based not on personal gain but on self-sacrifice.” The established system does not allow for self-sacrifice unless it is carried out by anyone but those in power. Greed does not take a holiday. Corporate education, corporate health care, corporate money, corporate business, corporate food, corporate government, corporate media.  In spite of the promises of a better America, we live with the growing deterioration of our society while these corporate leaders are not paying for its breakdown or its repair. We are.

  We are in the midst of a massive meltdown – environmental, economic, political, educational, spiritual, and moral.  But the answer will not come from the corporations. What we need is the plain-jane acceptance of reality, simplicity, humility, the ability to practice self-restraint, and the willingness to change. How do we foster that – in ourselves, in our children?

  The solution is love. We owe it to ourselves and to our children to reclaim our future and I believe it will come through love.

Hedges continues, “The mediocrities who mask their feelings of worthlessness and emptiness behind the façade of power and illusion . . . fear most those who speak in the language of love.” “. . . no tyranny in history has crushed the human capacity for love.” “The power of love is greater than the power of death. It cannot be controlled. It is about sacrifice for the other – something nearly every parent understands – rather than exploitation. It is about honoring the sacred. And power elites have for millennia tried and failed to crush the force of love . . . love constantly rises up to remind a wayward society of what is real and what is illusion. Love will endure, even it if appears darkness has swallowed us all, to triumph over the wreckage that remains.” 

  Love heals, love is freely given or not at all, and then it is no sacrifice at all. So let us do what we do for the sanctity of the human spirit, for love. Let us educate and nurture children for love. Work and help others for love. Let us teach love in the classroom, love in the boardroom, love in the hospital room, love in the Senate and the House, love in our farms and gardens, love in our parks, forests, oceans, love in our streets, towns, and cities. We can do it all with a loving human heart. It is the only change that heals and supports the human spirit. Love is an unassailable truth. Love is our power. It is who we are at the very root of our being.

Choose love. It is real.

 With sincere thanks to Chris Hedges for his words and his hope.