The Highs and Lows of Parenting Two Kids with ADHD
Keep going, keep supporting your kids, and keep educating others about ADHD, no matter what is thrown at you.
Parenting is a big job! However, being a parent of children with ADHD is a whole different ballgame. (My two sons have ADHD). I think of it as extreme parenting in the form of an intense obstacle course: The course consists of highs, lows, and marathons across minefields. There are times of joy, frustration, and sadness. I’ve included some examples that you may relate to.
I’m frustrated when…
- Teachers use the words “He should be able to…” and “We don’t want him to use ADHD as an excuse.”
- When the neighborhood children don’t want to play with them.
- Others minimize the symptoms of ADHD
- The school is unwilling to make much-needed accommodations.
- The school’s number pops up on my phone.
I’m sad when…
- When they are the only children not invited to the neighbor’s birthday party.
- Christopher says, “I can’t do anything right.”
- They want so much to remember to turn in their homework but they forget.
- Michael calls himself a “Loser.”
- Christopher says, “No one likes me.”
- The kids are acting silly at the store, and we get nasty looks from others.
I’m overwhelmed with joy when…
- Christopher smiles.
- Michael is proud of himself.
- A peer plays with them.
- A teacher gives them a compliment.
- Christopher completes a chore with minimal help.
- They dress themselves and their clothes actually match!
- Christopher tells me I’m a good mom.
My advice? Keep going, keep supporting, and keep educating others on ADHD. Hang in there, my friend. I know this isn’t easy.