Talking About ADHD

“My Child Makes Me Proud to Advocate for ADHD Awareness”

It’s taken me years to feel comfortable discussing my daughter’s ADHD diagnosis in public. As I watched her easily share her challenges with a room full of people, I was immeasurably proud to be her mom.

Watercolor painting of a proud mom holding her daughter with ADHD
Watercolors, rainbow colors, mom holding daughter

Plato wrote, “Courage is knowing what not to fear.” I thought of these words as I sat in a room packed with parents and educators from our community.

My 11-year-old daughter was sitting with experts facilitating a discussion on attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD). I was the proudest mom in the room — in fact, I could barely hold back tears — as she read a passage from our soon-to-be released book on our life with ADHD.

“I went back to school after I was diagnosed. One of my great friends, Davis, asked me if I had autism. I said, ‘No, but I do have ADHD.’ Davis replied, ‘Oh, good, I don’t know what that is, but I’m sure I will learn about it.’ That reassured me that no one would tease me about my ADHD, and no one ever has.”

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When she finished reading, applause filled the room. It has taken me years of research and soul searching to openly discuss the subject of her ADHD diagnosis. I was awestruck by her poise and courage as she shared her deepest struggles with the audience.

I began blogging about parenting a family touched by ADHD last year. My hope was to educate myself about the disorder and to help others, too. This led to working on a book about ADHD with my daughter.

She may struggle to get out the door on time. She needs extra help organizing her schoolwork. But next time I need to find the courage to advocate for ADHD awareness, I won’t have to look far.