An article has been making the rounds on some AP forums and in the support groups that I run. It is actually a pretty awesome article that talks about why French kids don’t have ADHD at the same rates that kids in the USA do. Then it jumps off its tracks a bit and lumps in some attachment parenting practices along with things like over-medication and artificial coloring in foods.
My biggest issue with this article is that it starts off by talking about HUGE GLARING DIFFERENCES in French and Americans- the way that ADHD is diagnosed and the way that it is treated. This is a HUGE difference. In France it’s approached as something that can be solved. In the USA it’s approached as something that must be medicated.
Then after going over this HUGE GLARING DIFFERENCE the article author jumps into “French parents are parent-led and use CIO and spanking”. She then goes on to conclude that the French parenting methods of CIO and spanking are the reason that French children are less likely to have ADHD.
Wait. People in the USA don’t use CIO and spank? Actually. Yes. They do. So why is it that our ADHD rates are so high?
This is what the article did:
A man walked into a bar. He ate a peanut butter sandwich, an apple and some potato chips. He died. You see, he had a peanut allergy.
Another man walked into a bar. He ate a peanut butter sandwich, an apple, potato chips and drank a beer. He didn’t die. He didn’t have a peanut allergy.
Let’s ignore the fact that the second man drank a beer (something different in the story) let’s also ignore the fact that he didn’t have a peanut allergy and focus on the fact that I love apples. I think apples are the healthiest thing in the world. I was raised eating apples. I’m proud of my apple eating culture. I think that if the first man had more apples he would still be alive.
Yeah. Uhm. Doesn’t work that way.
The author started off talking about what was different in the two cultures– and that part of the article is awesome. But then she ended by talking about cultural/parenting method superiority.
Kids in the USA eat more food coloring and preservatives.
Kids in the USA are in a different type of school environment.
Kids in the USA are exposed to far too much media
And doctors in the USA medicate before trying to find situational or dietary causes.
All of those things are HUGE differences.
Spanking isn’t. CIO isn’t. Those things are pretty rampant in our culture and have not done much to curb the ADHD epidemic.
Structure is definitely helpful, but structure can be had without spanking and CIO. And with young children an over-structured day can be just as harmful as an under structured day.
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