My ‘A’ Student

When my son — who has ADHD — earned ‘Student of the Month’ recognition for his kindness, cooperation, and helpfulness, I felt as proud as a mom could.

ADHD Student of the Month. A flower that stands out
ADHD Student of the Month. A flower that stands out

I was prepared to be proud of my son anyway. As Dylan’s Cub Scout den leader, I knew he would receive his Bear badge tonight. He had worked hard to earn it, although that feat is easier to accomplish when your mom is the den leader.

I picked him up at school, and as we were getting into the car, he said he had forgotten something. That “something” was a yard sign that read, “Hynes School Student of the Month.” He had received the honor that day.

I had seen such signs on front lawns around the neighborhood, and I wasn’t sure Dylan would ever get one. I didn’t even know what went into becoming Student of the Month. I learned it is given to a child who reflects the school’s core values — kindness, cooperation, and helpfulness. While Dylan might argue me to death on many issues, he does love to be helpful.

I wondered whether Dylan was “due” to get it. Since he is in a small class, I thought they must have run through the rest of the students first. But no! According to Dylan, another student — an all-As kind of kid — had never received the prize.

A coworker often tells me that she’d rather have a kind, cooperative kid than a smart aleck who gets straight As without trying. I am the mom of that kind of cooperative kid. From now on, just call him Student of the Month.