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Scared_Crying_ChildAward winning investigative journalist, Kelly O’Meara, has recently reported data released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), on the skyrocketing numbers of children diagnosed with “bipolar disorder” and the never-ending crime against children initiated by the baseless psychiatric theories of Harvard child psychiatrist, Dr. Joseph Biederman.

Biederman is credited with being the gang leader for diagnosing the alleged bipolar disorder in very young children and he is credited with prescribing the most powerful antipsychotic drugs as treatment.  Some readers may recall that he placed himself ‘next to God’ during a deposition in a landmark 2009 New Jersey lawsuit against AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly and J&J’s Janssen unit over their psychiatric drugs.

As a result of a US Congressional Inquiry it was learned that Biederman was paid $1.6 million dollars for slanting his “research” to support childhood bipolar disorder and the drugs pushed by Johnson & Johnson.  O’Meara comments  “Most revealing, however, were court documents released in March of 2009, which disclose that Biederman reportedly had promised drug maker Johnson & Johnson in advance that his studies on the antipsychotic drug Risperdone (Risperdal) would prove the drug to be effective when used on preschool age children.(more…)

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Girl Guide Cookies Unhealthy

Girl Guide and Girl Scout Cookies loaded with GMOs!

    Girl Scout and Girl Guide cookies are made with GMO ingredients despite the many studies showing rats fed GMO ingredients develop horrific tumors and health issues, including obesity and gastrointestinal issues. Today’s Girl Scout and Girl Guide cookies are filled with health-destroying ingredients like genetically-modified (GM) beet sugar, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and transgenic soy derivatives.

One courageous US Girl Scout decided enough is enough.  Her petition, seen at www.change.org, demands that the Girl Scouts stop this practice – already the petition has gone viral.  As parents world-wide make efforts to avoid feeding their children GMOs and toxic foods, it is abundantly clear that the Girl Scouts and Girl Guide administrations are falling well behind the level of diligence that should be expected.

It should be easy to switch to non-GMO, non-toxic ingredients in their cookies, right? But not so, because Girl Scouts administrators have decided that the opinions of their bakers, who claim their cookies are safe, trump independent research studies showing massive health issues directly linked to GMO sugar beets and HFCS. 

According to NaturalNews.com, as well as adding your name to the petition at www.change.org  “You can also contact the Girl Scouts directly and ask the organization to reformulate its cookies without GMOs and toxic ingredients like HFCS, hydrogenated oils, and processed soy: http://www.girlscouts.org/contact/email.asp  This goes for Girl Scouts Canada.

 Four additional ways to help the Girl Scouts and Girl Guides of Canada develope a healthier agenda: 

(a)  Avoid buying Girl Guide cookies and Girl Scout cookies altogether, thus helping reduce the exposure the children have to GMOs.  You can explain to the children, in an age-appropriate way, why you are not buying the cookies.

(b)  Support the Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in other ways such as purchasing magazine subscriptions through their Magazine Program 

(c)   Offer a donation directly to the Girl Scouts and Girl Guides without purchasing their cookies:  Scouts Canada: 613-224-5134   Girl Guides: 416-487-5281

(d)  Speak up to stop the unethical use of children to advance Monsanto and Big Biz agendas that have been proven to create catastrophic illnesses!

 Together we can all make Scouting and Guiding activities safe. Girl Scout Cookies and Girl Guide Cookies must be safe and healthy!

What do you plan to do to help keep Girl Scouts and Girl Guides healthy and safe?

Grace Joubarne is an Ottawa-based Clinical Hypnotherapist, Founder of GracePlace Wellness and freelance writer of articles on health, alternative remedies and therapies and environmental issues.  She may be reached at info@graceplacewellness.com   1-888-390-3553 or Visit her website:  www.graceplacewellness.ca

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Scared_Crying_Child     Child advocates around the world are calling for a ban on the psychoactive drugging of children. Psychiatric drugs are not approved for use in children…they are prescribed off-label.  These drugs are damaging millions of children. Can we continue to allow this?

 WARNING:  never stop taking psychoactive drugs abruptly.

The Effects Psychiatric Drugs Have on Children

Medicated children may be quieter for a while, but they often endure daily headaches, withdrawal symptoms, nausea and stomach cramps, suicidal thoughts, diabetes, stroke, depression, mania and hallucinations.   Children routinely report feeling empty and unable to feel interest in anything.  Most develop chronic physical health problems, stunting, obesity and uncontrollable muscular tics and movements. Many end up suffering irreversible drug-induced bi-polar disorder, as well as permanent emotional blunting.  (more…)

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“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.Lao Tzu

With the guidance of a qualified hypnotherapist, one can find their way to their center, discover who they are, heal what ‘hurts’ and free themselves of unproductive past conditioning.

Hypnotherapy Heals

Hypnotherapy is an ‘Inside” Job

Our belief system regarding the safety of our world and our worth was established without our consent, knowledge or conscious input during the very early stages of development, typically before 6-7 years old.  We become hard-wired to a certain sense of self-worth and safety that continues to play a huge role in how we react to life in adulthood. 

There is a clear absence of language skills and physical and mental proficiency in a young child – skills that adults take for granted.  But children do have feelings and it is these feelings that guide them.  If they feel safe and secure, they continue their activities; if they feel unsafe and not fully accepted, they develop adaptive behaviors to restore the preferred feeling.  Thus, over time, a person’s personality becomes a reflection of their view of their world. Their brain’s responses to life are entirely consistent with the child’s belief (inner feeling) as to his level of safety and always seek to satisfy the instinctual drive for survival.

A customized regression to root-cause hypnotherapeutic approach will assist clients in finding their way back to pivotal childhood events in a safe, dignified, label-free, drug-free manner.  By guiding them through a subconscious course-correction of those events and a release of all unwanted issues and beliefs, clients can finally resolve the inconsistencies between their actions and desires. PTSD, anger, anxiety attacks, panic attacks, depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and stress-related physical issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Fibromyalgia, all become a thing of the past.  The Mayo Clinic is only one of many esteemed institutions which have highlighted the benefits of hypnotherapy as an alternative to psychiatric drug therapy for emotional issues.

Becoming free of unproductive childhood imprinting allows clients to proceed along their life’s journey free to be them and all that being them means.  Clients enjoy a new sense of being equal to all others – unique but equal.  Hypnotherapy seeks to ensure that all clients fully believe, in the deepest part of their spiritual being, that nothing anyone can think, do or say – and nothing that can ever happen to them, can ever diminish their worth to this Universe.  That’s freedom of the human spirit, the foundation for a fulfilled life!

Related Reading:
Hypnotherapy for Mental Illness
On the Psychiatric Drugging of Children:  Dr. Peter Breggin Says “Don’t!”
All you want to know about the damages of psychiatric drugs

 Grace Joubarne, CCHt: main office, Ottawa; p/t office Belleville ON. 613-422-7027, toll-free 1-888-390-3553  info@graceplacewellness.com  Verifiable Credentials at www.graceplacewellness.ca

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I follow many independent health information sources, but one of my favorites is Mike Adams’ NaturalNews.com. It’s free to sign up and rarely is there not very important and current health information that affects everyone.  He particularly keeps readers informed about pharmaceutical fraud, unethical scientists and collusion between government agencies tasked with keeping people safe, but who he feels (and shows) have lost all credability.

In fact, it is not hard to come away from reading his articles on  vaccination frauds perpetrated on the public by slick pharmaceutical marketing and the coopting of unethical scientists and medical doctors with the clear message that it’s every man, woman and child for themselves.

With the bad news about how we are constantly and systematically being deceived, especially in the area of psychiatric drugging of adults and children at alarming rates, the violence-psychiatric drug links and the antibiotic and vaccination scams, he provides lots of healthy alternatives in every area of wellness.

 

 

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Contributors to NaturalNews.com, WDDTY.com and hundreds of ethical doctors and scientists are warning of the soft-kill, de-population agenda of the elite, headed by the Rockefeller Foundation since in 1930.

Apparently the elite have set in motion a plan to reduce the population of 7 billion down to 1 billion!  See http://www.infowars.com/for-the-record-rockefeller-soft-kill-depopulation-plan-exposed and http://www.naturalnews.com/036756_depopulation_agenda_eugenics_survivor.html

Bill Gates lists vaccines, GMO foods and medications as the best ways to quickly reduce the world’s population.  See mid-way in the video at http://www.naturalnews.com/034834_Bill_Gates_sperm_infertility.html . The suppliers of these soft-kill ingredients are none other than the same bunch that facilitated the Nazis horrors:  I.G.Farben parent company of Monsanto, BASF, DuPont and Bayer of Aspirin fame (who built and ran Auschwitz).

At https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-X3sJKtVJE Ted Turner explains that the world’s population should be reduced by 70% to result in a young, educated, well-heeled and compliant homogeneous race of people governed as a one-nation world. 

The old, poor, uneducated, disadvantaged, indigent, non-white and non-compliant must go.  The Rockefeller Foundation had this to say “The unchecked fertility of the indigent does much to perpetuate poverty, under-education, and underemployment, not only in urban slums, but also in depressed rural areas.

They’ve executed their soft-kill plan with military precision:  people are unwittingly shortening their lives 15-25 years thanks to psychiatric drugs, which are now the leading cause of addictions in North America.  (Anatomy of an Epidemic,  Emperor’s New Drugs).

Since GMO crops have overrun 80-90% of the world, we have more people starving then ever (View: The World According to Monsanto), epidemics of new super-diseases such as Morgellon’s and we endure never-before-known cancers in epidemic proportions.  GMO wheat is addictive and linked to epidemics of diabetes and obesity (Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD).  Monsanto’s aspartame and other artificial sweeteners have repeatedly been linked to brain tumors and their GMO sugar beets worsen the addictive, neuro-toxic effects of sugar.

The Rockefeller Foundation found that gossypol, a toxic polyphenol derived from the cotton plant, was an effective sterilant and there are reports Monsanto has been integrating it into GMO crops.  The rate of Canadian infertility has tripled since 1982 (National Post report, Feb 15, 2012).

The elderly are overprescribed damaging drugs and in North America alone, some 10 million school children are force-fed addictive, brain-damaging psychiatric drugs to keep them quiet. (Commonsense Rebellion, Bruce Levine).

Wondering how only getting rid of the old, the troublesome, the uneducated and the poor is going to reduce the population when people can still have kids to replace the culled? 

We are learning that conventional cancer treatments are not only ineffective and in most cases unnecessary (see German New Medicine studies), but that they cause sterility.  One of the ‘side effects’ of psychiatric drugs is low to non-existent libido in adults and the brain damage kids suffer from psychoactive drugs can ruin their whole life.

Rockefeller Foundation admitted funding and developing anti-fertility vaccines intended for “mass-scale distribution” (Jurriaan Maessen Infowars.com March 26, 2012).  These can be hidden in ‘regular’ anti-viral vaccines at will.

Misleading advertising, drug company collusion with unethical doctors and scientists, mass rigging of clinical trials, controlled mainstream media, Ivy League university leadership and promotion and fear-mongering about every little virus on the planet has caused us to run to killer vaccines and antibiotics.  The over-prescription of antibiotics, especially to children, has caused mutant super-bugs, epidemics of previously rarely known problems in children, franken-bacteria such as the flesh-eating variety and life-ending immune system issues.

As reported in Natural News Aug 2012:  Importantly, vaccines contain stealth cancer viruses that are passed along through multiple generations. The SV40 viruses introduced to the population through polio vaccines in the 1950’s still exists today in the grandchildren of those who were first vaccinated. This is openly admitted by top scientists who helped develop these vaccines. http://www.naturalnews.com/033584_Dr_Maurice_Hilleman_SV40.html

Iatrogenic disease, defined as disease or death caused by medical treatment, is the leading cause of death in North America!   Any surprise there?

 What to do? 

First, heed the warnings of ethical doctors and scientists about vaccine damage and chemical medications (psychoactive or otherwise) and request natural treatments, avoid non-organic red meat and pork and any meat that doesn’t have its original bones and skin on (thus avoiding  ‘meat-glue’).  Grow a simple organic vegetable garden and triple filter city water, especially if treated with fluoride, another proven neuro-toxin. 

Avoid non-organic wheat and grains and GMO foods like the plague they are. Support efforts to take back our food supply from Monsanto et al by buying from local organic farmers, support global efforts to force GMO labeling, support child advocacy groups calling for an end to the psychiatric drugging of children and calls to ban psychiatry altogether. Push your MPs and MPPs to do their jobs.

Avoid mainstream TV, especially News, as the content is controlled by the corporations and consumer scientists.  Medical information on mainstream media is almost exclusively pharmaceutical propaganda. Follow NaturalNews.com and other independent news media, such as RT TV.

My primary care giver is a naturopathic medical doctor ; my ‘medicine’ is homeopathic and herbal – if it’s good enough for the British Royal family, it’s certainly good enough for me. I handle stress with Reiki, massage, hypnotherapy and meditation – and good friends. I work at something I love – clinical hypnotherapy.

My work as a Clinical Hypnotherapist allows me to assist people to heal themselves of emotional issues by using drug-free, label-free regression hypnotherapy, so they too can avoid pharmaceutical poisoning.  Natural remedies and treatments and organic foods enhance life; chemicals and drugs, as we are learning the hard way, kills. 

Hypnotherapy provides drug-free assistance with your issues, from insomnia to anxiety, depression, anger, weight and pain management and more.   ~Much spiritual love, Grace

Main office-Ottawa, part-time office-Belleville.  Toll-free number 1-888-390-3553 (local:  613-422-7027).  www.graceplacewellness.ca Email: info@graceplacewellness.com 

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On TV recently, parents shared the tragic story of their accomplished 17-year old son’s death by recreational drug.  Apparently their ‘talk’ with him about the dangers of non-prescription drugs went unheeded. 

Daily, many hypnotherapy clients tell me of being hooked on their powerful mood-altering prescriptions, unable to wean off once the early ‘relief’ has morphed into a worsening situation.

The disconnect is evident when the events are considered side-by-side, especially about the absence of any difference between street drugs and prescription psychoactive and pain drugs.  Children emulate parent behavior and naturally absorb their belief systems.  As parents trot off to a doctor to pick up drugs to feel ‘better’, children learn that drugs are ‘ok’ if you need to feel better.

It is important to experience a full range of emotions if one is to become resilient and adaptive.  When children are taught a quick way to avoid unwanted feelings, the results are predictable … brain damage, legal and social issues, death.

Slick pharmaceutical marketing promotes psychoactive drugs as safe – the answer to our ‘bad feelings’ and ‘mental illnesses’.  Notwithstanding the false and misleading claims of our doctors and drug companies, the scientific fact is that these drugs have been proven, since 1970, to be just as addictive, just as brain-damaging and just as life-decimating as street drugs.  

Doctors and street drug-pushers are one and the same to a child – a source of ‘happy pills’.  Teenagers easily see through the hypocrisy of drug prescription – if already force-fed drugs as children, they are well programmed for a life-time reliance on drugs for mood alteration.

Parents take prescription drugs and alcohol for the ‘high’ – to experience a ‘feel good’ mood, to alter their experience of life – obtaining them from a doctor after a 10 minute chat.  While parents tell children to ‘do as I say, not as I do’… youth soon find their own experts on drugs.  Thus, the only difference in the two scenarios becomes the source of the drugs.

Drugs do not work! Until we get a grip on that fact, we will continue to lose our children in the epidemic proportions we now see.

Isn’t it time we walked the talk and showed children, through better example, that there are healthy alternatives to drugs for the ‘bad’ days in life?   A qualified hypnotherapist can help with those ‘bad’ feelings. Please see my advice on choosing a hypnotherapist at www.graceplacewellness.ca/choosingyourhypnotherapist .com

Grace Joubarne, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Ottawa & Belleville  613-422-7027, toll-free 1-888-390-3553  info@graceplacewellness.com   www.graceplacewellness.ca

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At GracePlace Wellness I work with children presumed to have behavioral problems. However, as I teach parents, the child is never to blame.

The reason we look to the child for resolution is because adults presume that a child’s mind is developed to the level of their own and thus that a child should be able to reason things out, understand cause and effect and have the verbal skills to explain themselves.

When a child is born, he is virtually born blank in terms of language skills, physical skills and mental nimbleness that adults take for granted. But they do have feelings and it is these feelings that guide them. If they feel safe and secure, they continue their behavior; if they feel unsafe and not accepted, they adjust their behavior to restore the preferred feeling. Thus their personalities develop to satisfy their evolving perception of their world. Their brain’s reactions and responses to their world are entirely consistent with the child’s belief of his level of safety.

Because of a profound lack of experience with life, children have little information with which to put stimuli into proper context. Thus rarely are stimuli put into the context an adult would expect. The more information a person has to draw on, the better and more reliable the context, thus it’s not hard to see that most of a child’s life is about doing the best they can to understand their world with little, if any, relevant information at hand.

The expectation that a child can engage in deductive reasoning, put events and feelings into proper and productive perspective, or recognize patterns is truly unreasonable, especially in children under twelve. They react to stressors, but with limited resources, knowledge and experience, thus the resulting behavior seems unacceptable to the adult.

All negative behavior in children has, at its root, fear. The more aggressive the child, the more fearful you can be assured he is. When the feeling is that their very survival is at risk, a child literally panics and he expresses this panic in what, for an adult, would seem to be unacceptable behavior.

The overriding factor for all beings is the relentless instinct to survive. A problem child is a child trying, in his not yet fully developed mind, to survive as best he can…and adults are not understanding the message often enough to help him.

Ethical doctors everywhere are warning parents to avoid putting a child on psychiatric drugs…they are brain-damaging. The very part of their brain (pre-frontal cortex) that a child needs in order to reason, self-regulate emotions, remember detail and so on, becomes disabled, often permanently, by psychiatric drugs and often within a few weeks of being drugged. Much of the violence we see today is directly linked to psychiatric treatment.

Note:  psychiatric drugs are highly addictive…NEVER, EVER take a child off drugs quickly.  Like adults, to be safe, they must be weaned off slowly and watched carefully at all times as often the most vulnerable time for suicidal thoughts is during the weaning period.  For resources:  How to Wean Off Psychoactive Drugs Safely at www.theroadback.org 

Visit my website www.graceplacewellness.ca  to learn more about mindful parenting. Visit http://ssristories.com/index.php?sort=date&p  for over 4,000 incident reports of violence by those (especially children) on psychiatric drugs.

If you are a US Citizen, consider signing the Petition at www.CCHRint.org  demanding the US government fully investigate the clear link between the psychiatric drugging of children and violence, suicide and homicide.

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Iatrogenic illness and disease are most commonly defined as a type of symptom brought about as a consequence of therapy or treatment; a physical and/or mental condition or disorder arising from a medical treatment. Secondary lymphedema occurring after cancer treatment, mental illness as a result of over-medication, iatrogenic hypothroidism and Ritalin-induced psychoses are all examples of iatrogenic illnesses.

Drugs Associated With Iatrogenic Effects
More than a million adults in Britain were hooked on drugs prescribed for them by their GPs, a 2001 BBC documentary revealed. In particular it noted that benzodiazepines (eg. lorazepam), caused millions of adults lives to spin out of control, with withdrawal symptoms as severe as those experienced by heroin addicts. The anxiety attacks reported were worse then the symptoms patients originally sought treatment for. (BBC 2001)

According to T. Robert, 2003, in America, treatment and physician-induced deaths topped the charts as the leading cause of death. OxyContin alone is linked to such an alarming rate of death and addiction that in the USA even the FDA has gotten into the act and forced Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer, to provide more accurate data on deaths and abuse. Some 59 prescription drugs in the United States contain oxycodone and it has fast become a choice drug for addicts who rob pharmacies, forge prescriptions and align with unethical physicians to feed their habit.

According to Robert Whitaker, Zyprexa, an atypical antipsychotic, was linked to serious, in some cases life-threatening side effects requiring hospitalization in 22% of the 2500 adults tested in six-week clinical trials. In fact, during testing, 20 volunteers died, 12 by suicide. A study presented in 2004 at the AACAP is believed to be the first to find the link between Zyprexa and insulin and obesity issues in children and teens. Despite ligation since, doctors still prescribe this deadly drug to thousands.

Prozac and Iatrogenic Illnesses
Within one decade, 39,000 adverse reports about Prozac were sent to Medwatch; a number thought to represent only one percent of the actual number of such events estimated to be 100 times as many (roughly four million people) (Mezzman, 2005). This makes Prozac the most criticized drug in America. Prozac is marketed to the public as a safe drug, and yet millions are complaining about mania, psychotic depression, nervousness, anxiety, agitation, hostility, hallucinations, memory loss, tremors, impotence, convulsions, insomnia, nausea, suicidal urges…all very serious symptoms. (Mezzman, 2005)

In a 2005 interview of Robert Whitaker by Terry Messman, the author of Mad in America states: “….In this county, we have Medwatch, a reporting system in which we report adverse events about psychiatric drugs to the FDA. By the way, the FDA tries to keep these adverse reports from the public…it’s very hard to get these reports….Once we got the other SSRIs on the market, like Zoloft and Paxil, by 1994, four SSRI antidepressants were among the top 20 most complained about drugs on the FDA’s Medwatch list.” As Whitaker points out throughout his interview, the adverse effects, such as suicidal ideation, hallucinations and mania are not minor inconveniences.

Marketing in Madness
This is a must see 177 minute documentary of more facts about the victimization of patients all over North America. It really does pull everything you need to know together in a way that will make you aware of the sure-to-be consequences of starting on drugs to manage the stressors of everyday life.

What Can be Done About Iatrogenic Illness and Death
It would seem that about the only sure way to avoid drug-induced (iatrogenic) illness is to avoid drug therapy as much as possible in favor of safe, natural remedies and therapies such as homeopathy, which is very popular in Europe where even the British Royal Family physician is a homeopath, and hypnotherapy, which has repeatedly been shown highly effective for everything from irritable bowel syndrome pain to anxiety, stress and depressive feelings.

When money is the driving force behind the prescription of such deadly drugs, one must ensure they do not trust blindly. As Ronald Reagan once said, “trust, but verify.” Any effort to verify claims of the safety of any drug prescribed will soon enlighten a patient to the fact that pharmaceuticals cause more harm than good.

Related Articles:

Hypnotherapy for Mental Wellness

Zyprexa Litgation information

Sources:

BBC News, May 13, 2001, ‘Hidden World of Tranquilizer Addicts’Jones, A. Nov 2004 ‘Eli Lilly’s highly touted new anti-psychotic, Zyprexa”

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It is astounding on many levels how parental indifference can impact a child’s life and society. My practice sees many children who have been handed the latest technology and ‘allowances of money’ only to find themselves trying to manage fear, insecurity and intense loneliness alone. I meet many parents who have no idea what is going on in their child’s life or where they are when not home.

Time after time I interview children in my hypnotherapy practice whose parents have treated them as apprenticing adults – little people expected to have the experience and knowledge of most adults – while the children became increasingly more unable to cope with the onslaught of stressors such as cyber bullies, junk foods entirely lacking nutrition, violence and sex on TV and intense loneliness and despair.

Increasingly children are expected to make their way in life without the guidance they need to remain safe and secure. Many children get to interact with their parents in a meaningful way for barely a few minutes each day, yet quality time with at least one parent for several hours per day is vitally important to a young mind struggling to understand a world he/she has no experience with.

It seems that the more parents rely on technology including TV and communication devices, such as cell phones, to educate and ‘babysit’ their children, the bond between parent and child is strained and the education about life the child receives is seriously deficient in the aspects that would be in the child’s best interest. TV commercials make children lifelong consumers of junk food and unhealthy habits and the TV ‘sex and violence’ programming is surely the biggest culprit in selling early sex, unhealthy lifestyles and aggressive behavior to children as the way to live.

We now have the highest rate of child and teen suicide in history. Children are not at fault for being unable to manage in a world that is becoming increasingly more frightening and dangerous. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that a child feels safe and secure, loved and lovable as they make their way through life. It is a parents’ obligation to be there physically and emotionally for a child…it is not enough to give them money and tell them to find something to eat.

We need to get back to letting children be children and to acting like nurturers and caring human beings toward our children to ensure they feel confident in themselves, are learning, feeling safe and secure, loved and lovable, protected and cared about. That requires parental involvement in the child’s life…parental time and physical presence, understanding, caring and love on a daily basis.

I have yet to meet a cell phone or IPod which could replace a real live caring caregiver. I have seen the devastation of a child raised by the TV set…fearful, lacking confidence, helpless, soaked in beliefs that violence is standard fair in our world and that junk food is all there is to eat.

I hear children say they feel invisible, worthless, less than nothing, not even as good as the household pet which gets the extra attention they crave. I see children crying because they are scared, lonely and feel helpless to be able to change their circumstances. They cannot articulate what they need; all they know is that they don’t have ‘it’. It seems that intense loneliness from spending so much time alone is the prevailing condition in children today.

I have yet to hear a child say they felt unhappy because they didn’t receive the latest most popular runners, the latest technology or the clothes that are in fad. But I routinely hear them complain that mom and dad never make time for them, that they aren’t important in their house because mom/dad spends more time with the pet. Many have said they wished they were a dog or cat so mom/dad would pat them too. One child said that if he were a dog, his mom would tell him she loved him too because she always told the dog she loved it, but never him.

I personally think the most loving thing any parent can do for their children is give them their time…real quality time. Not time spent watching TV together, but real time walking outdoors or playing together, for example. Get rid of the TV; limit cell phone and technology use to a half hour per day. Monitor all texting and calls to be certain your child is not trying to manage bullies and inappropriate ‘friend’ behavior. Help them with their homework, insist on sit-down meals….walk, talk, love with them!

Remember that children grow up to be adults with a vivid memory of how you made them feel! If they are not your priority and first love now, don’t expect to be theirs later.

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