Self Esteem

Spirit, Spunk, and Sensitivity: What We Love About Our Kids with ADHD

“I love his never-ending curiosity and excitement,” says one mom. Others point to their child’s “heart of gold,” creativity, or that admirable (and enviable) ability to be fully present in the moment. Here’s what else parents love about their kids with ADHD.

ADHD Young school girl reading a book at the library.
ADHD Young school girl reading a book at the library.

She’s fearless, determined, driven, willful, and says whatever is on her mind. It has shocked and horrified me more times than I can say, but this self-assurance will help her get through life.
—Laurie M. Massachusetts

Very creative, a great conversationalist, lots of empathy, and very funny.
—Katherine, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I adore his compassion for other kids and people. He has a tender heart and always wants to help. It makes me proud.
—An ADDitude Reader

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Her ability to be intensely in the moment, and to love whatever she chooses to do.
—Becca, Pennsylvania

My boys are creative, but orderly, when it comes to something they are passionate about.
—An ADDitude Reader

Her spirit and her spunk. She has the ability to bounce back from any bad mood in a short time. When she’s in the mood, there is no stopping her. When she is not in the mood, you can stand on your head, and you’ll get nothing.
—An ADDitude Reader

Her unconventional way of viewing life and people. The funny way she has of misunderstanding language (she is a bit like Amelia Bedelia), but it has improved over time. She makes social mistakes, but has a sense of humor, and will apologize when she realizes what she did.
—Ann Watkins, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

He has a heart of gold. He enjoys teaching me how to play computer games, and helps me with household tasks at times.
—Margaret Chandler, Milton, Florida

He is a sweet, sensitive, gentle young man who is trying to find his way. I need to remember that during the frustrating moments.
—Amy, Hales Corners, Wisconsin