today at the tax office (my temporary job which is almost over!) a woman came in with a small child
he started to have a bit of a tantrum and to shut him up she gave him a treat
I thought to myself, "he's whining because he knows she'll give him a treat to avoid making a scene" and upon thinking that he turned and looked me in the eye with an evil glare (the kid was maybe 3 years old) that communicated a distinct manipulative intelligence
this bit of lazy parenting reflected some issues of my own around using consumption to assuage my own emotional agitations & pointed towards the fact that whatever energy or entity is at the root of my difficulties around food and eating may have a consciousness of its own...
tonight I drink water
Who are the Indigo Children?
(also appears in: Re:Connection Magazine)
"Indigo Children" is a label being used to describe young people who show special intellectual, spiritual, artistic, empathic, and/or other gifts born in the last 20 years or so. While gifted children have always existed, it seems to many that their numbers are on the increase.
It is reported that there are young people now who show extraordinary traits such as the ability to speak far earlier than their peers, exceptionally precocious artistic talent, seemingly magical healing powers, and even the ability to communicate psychically with one another. Those who perceive bioenergetic fields as colour and light say these children's auras have a strong indigo hue. There are even new terms for supposedly even more advanced children such as "Crystal Children" or "Rainbow Children."
Categorizing children using labels (as in "my child is and yours isn't") is counterproductive. What is more important is to work towards reforming education so that the special educational and emotional needs of gifted children are met, which they often are not. Many are born into families unable to nurture their gifts, and many more are diagnosed as hyperactive (or "ADD") and put on prescription drugs because they are not able to fit comfortably into the paradigms of traditional education.
For those children lucky enough to have supportive parents, there are new educational models being created to meet their needs, allowing for greater open expression of creativity and opportunities for unstructured exploration. Bright children who struggled in "normal" schools often thrive in these environments.
There is both support for and skepticism about the concept that Indigos even exist. Are these children part of a new and growing phenomenon or is this a New Age idea designed to appeal to doting parents who want to believe their children are somehow special?
Based on personal observation, I believe that Indigos are real, and that they represent the acceleration of human evolution to the point where we can observe its effects within our lifetime. May we all evolve along with them.
The Indigo Children Website
supplemental website for the original book on the topic, a rich resource of information
Wikipedia Page on Indigos
contains links to further information and articles
Skeptic's Dictionary Page on Indigos
a good summary and contrasting viewpoints
When I first wrote about tartrazine on the Internet SEVEN years ago there were already people out there who knew that there is a connection between food additves and hyperactivity (and many other health/emotional/behavioural conditions) so this "news" isn't as new as they say.
However, it's great to see it being reported in one of the world's most respected medical journals and in major papers!
Food additives found to fuel hyperactivity
Ordinary food colouring and a common preservative found in everything from fruit drinks to jam have been conclusively linked to hyperactivity in children for the first time, according to British researchers.
Their findings, published today in The Lancet medical journal, could have profound implications for the regulation of additives and the diets of children who exhibit frenetic behaviour, researchers said.
full text of study (requires subscription & login)
I recently learned that Waldorf Schools don't recommend teaching children how to read until age 7! At first, I thought this was ridiculous, but after learning about how the written word (as opposed to spoken language) affects cognitive development (and the development of entire societies) I am starting to think they might be on to something.
I'm planning on researching this topic further, but here's an article with some insight on their point of view...
Learning to Read & Write in Waldorf Schools
Is it possible that the cultural pressure to teach children to read earlier and earlier promoted in our monolithic school system is misguided by requiring of the child’s lively, intuitive consciousness an inappropriate degree of abstraction too soon? Could linguistic intelligence actually be retarded by leaving the riches of the oral tradition prematurely? Are the outcomes based goals and behaviorist procedures for achieving the ability to read at an early age well supported by developmental research? Is it wise to get on with the program as quickly as possible, with four and five year olds taking home worksheets from kindergarten? Should we then measure through testing the children’s reading progress (disregarding the wide variation of individual developmental differences) and hold teachers accountable for improving test scores? Logically in this approach more resources and skill development time (“drill and kill”) would be devoted to those children below agreed upon benchmarks, targeting exactly their weakness. The result of this paradigm is that whirlwinds of anxiety, stress, feelings of failure, and avoidance behavior rise from the current system meant to address national goals and standards without an understanding of where young children are in their development.
Part of the Bush Administration's so-called "No Child Left Behind" act is a requirement for schools to provide lists of names & addresses of students to military recruiters. Here's a link to the act and more information about what parents can do to opt their children out, as well as a story about a new ad campaign aimed at parents.
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
(1) ACCESS TO STUDENT RECRUITING INFORMATION- Notwithstanding section 444(a)(5)(B) of the General Education Provisions Act and except as provided in paragraph (2), each local educational agency receiving assistance under this Act shall provide, on a request made by military recruiters or an institution of higher education, access to secondary school students names, addresses, and telephone listings.
Leave My Child Alone
The Pentagon has developed a database of 30 million 16-25-year-olds, including name, address, email addresses, cell phone numbers, ethnicity, social security numbers and areas of study. This database is updated daily and distributed monthly to the Armed Services for recruitment purposes. You may "opt out" of this list by sending in the form generated through Leave My Child Alone, and your child's information will be moved to a "suppression file." The Pentagon retains the information, but does not release it.
Uncle Sam Wants Your Parents ... to let you enlist
To me, the older guy looks like Mr. Middle America, with his denim jacket and his steely glint. He doesn't seem too worried about the risk of bodily harm to his kid (never mind the moral underpinnings of the war). He's far more interested in his son's improved handshake etiquette. The Army will mold your boy into a stand-up guy with a manly bearing, the ad seems to say, and what could be more important than that?
It all comes together in the fascinating tag line: "Help them find their strength." The Army has at last been repositioned as a finishing school. You've done the best you can, Mom and Dad, but it's time let the service raise him right.
It's pretty obvious that peanut allergies have gone up in recent years. Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches were a staple of my childhood in the 70s and 80s but now enough kids have problems with them that many schools ban them completely because peanut allergies can be so severe.
I suspect it has to do with dubious ingredients that are put into vaccines, due to the fact this allergy is more common in "industrialized" nations than in "less developed" ones and the fact it came on so suddenly. I could be wrong though, and researchers are busy trying to develop a peanut allergy vaccine. Only time will tell what the side effects of that will be...
Going Nuts: Why Are So Many Kids Allergic?
More than one million Americans are severely allergic to nuts (that is, exposure will lead to anaphylaxis). The state of New Jersey is treating peanut allergies as a serious public health issue, spending $250,000 to educate restaurant workers about the dangers of nuts and how and why to take inquiries from patrons about the content of food seriously. But while the public is becoming more aware of food allergies in general, what is not clear is why nut allergies have become such a severe and prevalent problem, particularly among children.
Autism, Allergy, Asthma and Vaccine Induced Autoimmunity
Why the "surge" in anaphylactic children entering school a decade ago? These children were among the first to receive an additional vaccination, Hib meningitis. Is it possible that the Pertussis and Hib vaccine, both shown below to cause allergic responses, are creating a hypersensitive immune system in some children? Has any study looked into what happens to atopy incidence and IgE levels when 5 vaccines are given concurrently in infants?
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there! I have so much respect for women who put their all into raising their kids. It's not always easy in the modern world (and no one's mother is perfect) but it's important to take the time to appreciate the gifts our mothers gave us.
I have noticed that all children sing and dance around until they are told not to, usually either in the context of "growing up" or some related nonsense. I would like to thank my Mom for never telling me to stop. My ability to feel a state of flow while free-form dancing has brought me much joy and saved my sanity on numerous occasions.
A few years ago, at the crossroads of a major decision in my life, she told me to "err on the side of joy and adventure." So wise!
Word to the mothers!
When I was young I was slow at those multiplication tests where you had to answer hundreds of 6x8 type questions. A teacher told me, "Don't worry honey you're just not good at math." Can you imagine saying that to a child?
Many smart girls are taught to think they're stupid and pushed away from learning about math, science, and technology.
However, things are changing. This project of the Girl Scouts of America is quite encouraging!
Girls Go Tech
Even if you don't realize it, math, science and technology play an important part in your life. It is all around you! During your lifetime you will have to depend more and more on your understanding of these subjects, but you'll be surprised how much fun you can have, and are already having, with math, science, and technology.