My highest purpose and calling is raising up tomorrow's leaders today by helping children develop self confidence, self esteem, focus, discipline and, most importantly, to discover and develop their own personality and their own gifts- the ones with which they are destined to change with the world.
I have often contended that children today are over diagnosed and too often medicated. I would have been too, if the conditions were the same as they are today. I even fell into the cycle not too long ago, allowing some other people to convince me that my youngest son needed to be on drugs for his supposed ADHD. Thankfully, that didn't last long. He himself identified that the drugs were negatively affecting him and asked to come off of them. Instead, I now homeschool him and he is back very active in the dojo. He is excelling again, academically and personally, and on the path to bringing his inner greatness out.
Now please don't misread what I am sharing. I am not in any way condemning traditional public school education; it works for most kids and in fact my two older sons excelled there. I am also not saying that there are not conditions that legitamatly do require medication.
But here is what I AM saying:
It was an article shared by my KMMA Affiliate Yannick Grunan of Canada that inspired me to share this today. The article shares some important ideas from Harvard Psycologist Jerome Kagan about ADHD, depression and other "mental disorders".
You can read it here.
I thank God, my team and all my student family that I get to fulfill my purpose in life by helping kids. We show the child with "too much" energy how to focus that power for good, and the children with "too little" energy or motivation or confidence to develop these to become the best and highest version of themselves.
Most importantly we value and appreciate every child, identify their inner strengths and help them identify, appreciate and develop their own gifts for themselves. I could think of nothing on earth I'd rather do.
Grand Master Stephen Del Castillo