I’ve learned that it is always better to tell people about my son’s ADHD. I do not announce it to the world, but telling new teachers, caregivers, or his friends’ parents allows them to be prepared and better able to handle his symptoms. I have yet to find anyone who wasn’t receptive.
On the other hand, when I haven’t told people until after an incident — like the time he went to a new friend’s house and ended up hitting the girl — it seems like I’m using ADHD as an excuse for bad behavior.
—Sara Stucky, Wichita, Kansas