My dear Aunt Hilda teaches in a Montessori and loves her kids and the job totally. I notice that Auntie Hilda who usually comes home with very funny stories of what the children said or did and other times, beautiful drawings done by the children , now comes back complaining. She complains the children are not as attentive as they were earlier, overly hyper, spill everything they hold, won’t sleep during siesta, jump on tables and just won’t stop talking. Her stories, activities and songs that have been her armor for these child bursts during her 15 years of teaching won’t help.
As she drives into school one morning, she sees a well-dressed mother in suit slip her child’s snack into his bag. That was the course of her nightmare with the children: Assorted brands of energy drinks,carbonated and caffeinated drinks!!. ‘How on earth could such a well-dressed woman not know that energy drinks and caffeinated drinks are harmful to the ward and make her work difficult?
Stop it! Stop it! Yohanne cannot have those. It is wrong! The mother has a puzzled look and Johann starts to cry as Auntie Hilda reaches for the drinks and hands them over to his mum. She reminds her of the upcoming P.T.A meeting and urges her to be there for answers to her reaction and more.
These are the reasons why Auntie Hilda behaved the way she did and why Yohanne’s mum should be careful of what she offers her child:
Caffeine is a drug because it stimulates the central nervous system. It makes people more alert and energetic. Too much caffeine or caffeine on a daily basis can cause headaches, difficulty sleeping, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, nervousness, difficulty concentrating, upset stomach and hyperactivity. These affect both adults but in children , these effects are produced faster.