Motherhood is challenging for everyone. For overwhelmed moms with ADHD, it is the job from hell. It requires top-notch organization, prioritization, and time-management skills — a perfect choreography of the brain’s executive functions, according to Dr. Ellen Littman, a clinical psychologist who specializes in ADHD. Plus infinite patience, a high tolerance for boring housework, and an almost inhuman emotional calm.
“Typical parenting advice is not written for moms with ADHD,” Dr. Littman says. “You try to do the things they suggest and you end up feeling even worse and more alone.”
What follows is not typical parenting advice.