Upcoming Kids Focus Events – September – November 2015

Great events are happening this fall and we’d love to have you join us!
Sept. 26, Sat. FREE Kids Focus Parent/Child Workout 10:30 – 11:30 am at Erna Ferguson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE (near Comanche)
Learn how to use specially designed movements to help kids focus, feel calmer, and promote self-regulation. Parents must accompany children. Teachers and counselors are welcome, too! RESERVATIONS are REQUIRED:
Email: marcia.lee@kidsfocususa.com or Call: 949-468-9841.

Oct. 24, Sat. FREE Kids Focus Refresher for Teachers and Counselors
10:30 – 11:30 am at Erna Ferguson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE (near Comanche)
RESERVATIONS are REQUIRED:
Email: marcia.lee@kidsfocususa.com or Call: 949-468-9841.

Nov. 21, Sat. Reclaiming Childhood Conference for Parents, Teachers, Medical and Mental Health Professionals at African American Performing Arts Center, Albuquerque 9 am – 9 pm
REGISTER NOW: http://4TheKids-Albuquerque.eventzilla.net
Join the tour’s compassionate experts – authors, doctors, experts in childhood behavior, parenting, teaching – as they discuss effective healthy alternatives to diagnosing and drugging the challenging behaviors of children. Learn the science of successful, healthy childhood development, academic success, and surviving parenthood. CEUs.

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Helen Cordero Primary School – First APS School to Implement Children’s Brain/Body Balancing

The Albuquerque Public School District is the largest school district in New Mexico. Helen Cordero Primary School, in the southwest part of Albuquerque, NM, has over 40 teachers and 20 EAs teaching almost 800 children in grades pre-K through 2nd grade. This school has a very active parenting community as well. On March 6th, Ellen Griffiths, principal, and half of the teaching staff broke new ground by training in Children’s Brain/Body Balancing.

Children’s Brain/Body Balancing (CBBB) supports the Nurtured Heart Approach used by the teachers at Helen Cordero School. The CBBB movements help children focus and self-regulate which makes it easier for them to communicate and understand the principles of the Nurtured Hearth Approach, helping children feel positive, creative, and cooperative.

Gaby Vera, the Helen Cordero School Community Liaison, has begun teaching some of the Children’s Brain/Body Balancing movements and ideas to parents of students. Both parents and teachers have seen immediate positive changes in behavior and learning! Barbara Brandon, an APS Early Childhood Office Social Worker, has reported similar success with parents and students at Kit Carson Elementary School.

Here’s what the Helen Cordero teachers had to say after their recent training in Children’s Brain/Body Balancing:
“Easy to learn and fun to do activities to share with my class immediately!”
“I enjoyed all the material and movements.”
“The actual demonstrations and being able to do each movement was great.”
“I truly enjoyed learning positive methods of calming students.”
“The most useful parts were the research behind brain/body balancing, the various breathing and movement exercises, and the information about health and nutrition.”
“Wonderful workshop! Families need this information!”
“I think this is excellent information that I’m hoping has a big impact on kids!”
“I can’t wait to see how this works with my class!”
“Offer this to parents!”
“It’s great for the overall well-being of body, mind, and soul of students and teachers. It helps eliminate stress.”

Contact Marcia Lee at 949-468-9841 for information about bringing Children’s Brain/Body Balancing to your child’s school and parenting community. Enjoy the benefits of happier, confident, focused children.

Doctors Agree: Do NOT Medicate Children for Difficult Behavior

A panel of renowned medical doctors and a lawyer explain the dangers of giving ADHD and psychotic medications to children and the damage these drugs do to the developing brain, body, and psyche of children. The drugs do not provide long term changes in behavior and they expose children to the risk of drug dependency, addiction, and mild as well as severe side effects that could last a lifetime. These professionals strongly recommend positive medication-free alternatives for helping children who demonstrate difficult behavior. Positive and effective alternatives include exercise, counseling, and behavior modification.

Cyber-bullying

by Marcia Lee, Solutions Without Drugs

A dear friend brought this horrible situation of cyber-bullying to my attention recently, suggesting I write about it. I needed to give the subject time and thought because something really deep was moving inside of me. Yes, cyber-bullying is criminal and should stop. But I don’t think telling kids they are bad will do the job. I think we have to examine the root cause of cyber-bullying. What makes kids do this to each other?

The answer that comes to mind is that the youth who are doing the bullying are passing on what was done to them. The renowned Dr. Alice Miller, author of “The Drama of the Gifted Child,” wrote extensively on how later in life human beings often pass on, consciously or unconsciously, the trauma that was done to them in their own childhood. So for me the real question is how are we bullying our children? What is each of us as a parent, teacher, professional, etc. doing to our own children? What is our society doing to our children that makes them bully other children and sometimes even themselves? Can we forgive ourselves for our own mistakes and help our own children?

Are we willing to hear what our children are trying to tell us – about their pain, confusion, hurt, anger, and needs? Instead of listening to our children, are we medicating them to adhere to some strange idea of “normal” or “perfect”, drugging them into obedience against their will? Most children don’t like taking Ritalin or other ADHD medication – they say it makes them feel weird, different, spacey, zombie-like. But parents, teachers, and doctors make children take the pills anyway. Isn’t refusing to respect a child’s will a form of bullying? Are we willing to put out the effort to understand and support the unique humanity and needs of a child? We do that for children subjected to war and terrorism. Can we do that for our own children?

Some so-called experts would like us to believe that medicating/drugging a child is in the child’s best interest, like giving insulin to a diabetic. But ADHD is not a physical disease or a sign of damage in the brain. ADHD is a group of behaviors and those behaviors are saying something we need to listen to. Otherwise, we are bullying our kids. We need to listen to the fact that kids just like adults can get stressed out. At school, at home, in social settings, at a job. And stress results in behaviors that can be disruptive, annoying, and loud. They should be loud. They are broadcasting a message that a child needs help. Not medication to shut them up.

So stop the bullying. Listen to your kids. Hear them. Love and respect them the way they are right now. Create solutions that support their individuality and brilliance. Listen to their dreams. When we do that we fulfill our own.