Simplifying Childhood May Protect Against Mental Health Issues

This article is nearly two years old now, but probably more relevant today. In any case, it has struck a note with followers of Alliance for Childhood’s Facebook Page with over 1,300 views in less than 24 hours.

When I read Kim John Payne’s book, Simplicity Parenting one message leapt off the page. Normal personality quirks combined with the stress of “too much” can propel children into the realm of disorder. A child who is systematic may be pushed into obsessive behaviours. A dreamy child may lose the ability to focus.

Payne conducted a study in which he simplified the lives of children with attention deficit disorder. Within four short months 68% went from being clinically dysfunctional to clinically functional. The children also displayed a 37% increase in academic and cognitive aptitude, an effect not seen with commonly prescribed drugs like Ritalin.

You can read the article here.

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