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Sport In Schools Is So Important ..
I was lucky enough to carry the Olympic torch up in Birkenhead.

My little girl was there to watch, waving her Team GB scarf.
It was such a proud moment – she tells everyone that Mummy carried the torch.
Life has changed so much since I was growing up.
We used to play outside in the park until it was dark.
But now lots of kids are playing computer games and some parents are scared to let them out in the evenings. With Scarlet, I want her to have fresh air.
I try to get her outside every day for a run around.
She’s got so much energy, as all kids do.
It’s only natural for children to want to run and get themselves out of breath.
We have to keep giving them the opportunity to do that and encourage it.
Sport in schools is so important because some families don’t have the chance to get their kids involved in those things.
( Melanie Chisholm )

Why Does A Children’s Hospital Need To Depend On Charity? ..
A charity backed by footballers gave just £8,000 to a children’s hospital last year – despite raising £250,000. 
The Five Stars Appeal, which aimed to buy a £1 million scanner, spent most of the cash on wages, running costs and organising star-studded events. Over five years it raised £2,497,820 but only £508,158 went to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
The Charity Commission is looking into ‘concerns’ about the appeal.
Why is this ‘charity’ allowed to continue operating?
Why does a children’s hospital have to depend on charity for a scanner?

Children Addicted To Computer Games ..
Children as young as four are becoming addicted to violent computer games. Primary school teachers fear their pupils are playing the games and watching inappropriate films unsupervised by parents. The addictive quality of these games means that many children are already hooked into these fantasy worlds separating themselves from reality. Teachers have noticed a marked increase in aggression, with a lot more hitting, hurting and thumping in the classroom. Teachers say youngsters are turning up at school tired, unable to concentrate and suffering loss of language, listening and learning skills. Children are turning up at school exhausted and it is difficult for the school to teach that child. Increasing numbers of children are coming to school who have not been set proper boundaries at home and who are aggressive or unwilling to work and study. These are the sort of challenges that confront the teaching profession for much of the time.. Nothing is more important to our future than ensuring all of our young people are well-educated.

My parents weren’t wealthy, but they always found a way to make sure I had everything I needed, and for that I am forever grateful.

Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands.
Take time with them, teach them to have faith in God.
Be a person in whom they can have faith.
When you are old, nothing else you’ve done will have mattered as much.
( Lisa Wingate )

Children don’t need fields.
What are they? Puppies?
They need stimulation and action and culture.
There is no culture in the countryside.
( Liz Jones )

A bad parent is simply one that puts their needs before the needs of their children.
( Eileen Hutchison, 1926-2008 )

This Is A Horrifying Scandal ..
A powerful stimulant drug, methylphenidate hydrochloride, is being widely taken by British schoolchildren. At the last count, more than 650,000 young people, some very young indeed, were believed to be regular users.
The use of this potent pill has increased fourfold since it first became common in 1999. And its users are taking stronger and stronger doses, as they grow tolerant.
The drug has a long list of adverse effects including chest pain, hair loss, palpitations, stunted growth, insomnia, rapid heart rate, skin rashes, dizziness and anxiety. It has been linked to suicide.
If those involved were teenagers in nightclubs, and they were buying it from the usual evil dealers, I expect there would be a big media fuss, and rightly so, especially about the three-year-old users.
But there isn’t, because the other name for methylphenidate hydrochloride is Ritalin, and legions of parents, teachers, doctors and social workers have somehow been persuaded that this powerful mind-altering substance is actually good for children.
You and I, meanwhile, are paying for it on the NHS.
By the time our sluggish nation realises that this is a horrifying national scandal, the damage will have been done.
( Peter Hitchens )

Children are punished, or drugged, simply for being human.
Children are not allowed to have grumpy moods, bad attitudes, or disrespectful tones. Yet adults have them all the time. None of us are perfect.
We must stop holding children to a higher standard of perfection than ourselves.
( Eileen Hutchison, 1926-2008 )

Is ADHD Just A Label? ..
Some doctors believe the big rise in the number of children said to have ADHD is a direct result of their parents’ right to claim disability benefit of up to £10,000 a year.
While critics believe ADHD is just a label to describe restless or naughty children, psychologists insist it is a real condition which applies when a child is persistently restless, to the point where it has a detrimental effect on their development.
Some adults are also affected. The Government says that about a third of a million children aged between six and 16 suffer with the disorder.
ADHD was almost unheard of 20 years ago, but the number of prescriptions for Ritalin – the controversial drug which suppresses symptoms – has rocketed from 2,000 in 1991 to close to 350,000.
( Peter Hitchens )

Stealing The Innocence Of Childhood ..
Beauty pageants can be exploitative – pushy parents stealing the innocence of childhood from their kids.
Toddlers as young as 20 months did not decide to enter these competitions.
It is the mothers, occasionally fathers too, who dress girls as dolls to pursue their own dreams. The dividing line between fun and something sinister may at times be thin, but parading children too young to start school will worry many.
Cosmetics and revealing outfits also cross that line.
Children should be allowed to grow at their own pace, not fast-tracked in competitions which leave others feeling uncomfortable.
( Daily Mirror )

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