Children’s books are marvellous for teaching us about life’s important lessons, especially when it comes to the labelling we tend to accept for them. In a previous article I mentioned how the characters in Winnie the Pooh charmed generations of children and adults. The characteristics of timid Piglet, bouncy Tigger, bossy Rabbit and sullen Eeyore have made us laugh and sympathize with their unique differences.
However, today those quirky, lovable characters have already been diagnosed with one or another personality disorder. Winnie the Pooh with an eating disorder, Eeyore with manic depression, Tigger with ADD, and dear Piglet with anxiety disorder, etc. But, in a society that tends to label these behaviours as outside of some fuzzy definition of “normal,” we are missing an important point – each child has unique and beautiful qualities. Worrying about our children can sometimes cloud our view of them, and tempt us to place labels that can hide their strengths and true nature.Continue Reading