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Would you medicate your child to make them play quietly?

Anonymous
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We were at the park, yes, the PARK, where kids run around and play and get out all their excess energy. My son was being extra crazy because we'd been cooped up inside for days due to bad weather and his having a cold. He was running free, arms wide, laughing and squealing and having a great time. This woman comes over and says to me, "You should give him some Ritalin. It'll calm him right down. Then he can sit quietly and play like mine." She gestures to some kids who look half asleep in the sandbox.

First, sandboxes in the park are just giant cat litter trays and I'd really rather he not sit and play quietly in that.

Second, he's THREE, so he's going to be a bit wild now and then.

Third, just, WTF, lady? It's the PARK! Kids are SUPPOSED to go nuts here!

Would you medicate your child just to make them play quietly?

Posted by Anonymous on Apr. 29, 2014 at 1:10 PM
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baby7810
by Member on Apr. 29, 2014 at 1:14 PM
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Nope never! Kids are kids they need to run energy out.
Twix.Leigh
by Member on Apr. 29, 2014 at 1:15 PM
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Hell no! Unless he actually really truly needed it, I wouldn't mediate my child like that. Especially at 3! I thought Dr's were hesitant to even diagnose that young since symptoms can be mistaken from kids just acting like kids :(
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Apr. 29, 2014 at 9:39 PM
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 Maybe your kid has ADHD and you just don't recognize it. 

Or maybe not. 

Obviously, I would have no idea.

biomom1437
by Member on Apr. 29, 2014 at 10:13 PM
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ummm.. h*ll no.. that lady sound crazy.. i agree WTF.. i think ur son has a rite to run, and scream, and yell as loud as he wants, bc he is OUTSIDE.. apperently nobody has told her that is what kids do.. i feel really sorry 4 her kids.. bump..

othermom
by Silver Member on Apr. 30, 2014 at 10:12 AM
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No way in hell would I. My kids love to run and play. They can get hyper sometimes and loud, but that is part of being a kid

Renah
by on Apr. 30, 2014 at 10:20 AM
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Hell no! I take them to the park so they can run around. Isn't that the point of a park?
goldpandora
by on Apr. 30, 2014 at 10:22 AM
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I am APPALLED at this idea! Kids NEED to let off steam! It's good for them! And once they've run wild for a while THEN they're ready to sit quietly. Exercise is as good as any med to settle them down!


Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Apr. 30, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Of course not.  Though I have medicated to get through some tough situations, but it was with the advice of our pediatrician.

I could see a lady approaching you in a library or something, but at a park?!

rissat79
by Member on Apr. 30, 2014 at 10:23 AM
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sometimes i silently wish i could BUT no i would not wink mini

DestinyHLewis
by Member on Apr. 30, 2014 at 10:24 AM
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I'm so hoping this is a spam post to generate discussion about ADHD meds. 

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