My Theory of Relativity

This mom weathers the tough times of ADHD parenting — and stays grateful for her son's many gifts — by realizing things could be worse.

Pebble, with the word "blessings" embedded, sits along a stream. Feeling thankful for your ADHD child.

There's a lot to worry about, but there is much to be thankful for.

— Penny Williams

It's all relative, isn't it? Albert Einstein -- who is believed to have had ADHD and learning disabilities -- said so himself. He was referring to points in space, but his idea applies to everything in life. Your pocket change may be my pot of gold.

Relativity has played a role in my mind in the four years since my son, Luke, was diagnosed with ADHD. I find my inner voice reminding me that things could be worse. With the realization that Luke's and my life could be harder comes a lot of gratitude.

It has been a tough year for my son and his mom. We learned that he must stick to a gluten-free diet to manage digestive problems. After many medication trials, we found a meds combo that helps, and we concluded that his biggest obstacle is executive function challenges. There is no medication for that. We battled with Luke's public school for assistive technology and more classroom accommodations, and we lost.

There's a lot to worry about, but there is much to be thankful for. I have a sweet and loving kid, who is bright and full of kindness. He has a great heart and lots of creativity.

Let your child know how thankful you are to have him in your life -- and show your gratitude for his gifts. There's no greater gift you can give him.


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