What is Your Child's Hidden Gift?

ADDitude parents tell us about the often-overlooked qualities that make their ADHD children special — like kindness, generosity, and creativity.

ADHD children around the world displaying their best qualities.

"He believes very strongly in justice and equality."

B., Puerto Rico

ADDitude asked: What is your ADHD child's best quality that the world doesn't see?

> She has a huge heart. If other kids could see past the occasional emotional outburst, they would see her beautiful heart. —Andrea, Canada

> His ability to create his own strategies to survive in a non-ADHD world. —Anita, Tennessee

> He wants to understand how everything works. Sometimes it is frustrating, but I encourage it because I don't want to stifle his creativity. —Kayla, Arizona

> He can build really amazing things out of pieces of junk. —Tara, Washington

> His enthusiasm for life. He is interested in everything around him. The small things that distract him also inspire him to learn more about the world. —Tara, Pennsylvania

> It is my daughter's unconditional love for all animals, including worms, snakes, and lightning bugs. With my son, it is his sense of humor. He can make almost anyone laugh. —Jackie, New Jersey

> Our son's interest in anyone he thinks needs his help. In school, whenever someone doesn't understand the assignment, he will help him. He's a willing helper, a kind and selfless soul whose happiness comes from seeing everybody getting to the finish line, sometimes to his own detriment. —M. and B., Canada

> Her ability to plod on, in the face of disapproval and disdain from classmates and teachers. —Donna, California

> His ability to think through a problem or challenge and figure out the solution without doing all the steps. —Suzette, Canada

> His quirky, sometimes weird, but funny sense of humor. I have to say, though, that not everyone gets it. Oh, well. —Patti, Missouri

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