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28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

1. People don’t get it.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
ADHD is not a personality defect; it’s a neurobehavioral disorder.

2. You can love your child and still be super annoyed.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
ADHD kids forget their homework, their lunchbox, and the jacket you just bought at Target. Even when you remind them. Which you do. All the time.

3. It’s okay to feel angry.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
Every day feels like Groundhog’s Day. Same issue, different day. You’re only human.

4. It can be a lonely road.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
People, ADHD does NOT mean: Avoid/Diss/Harangue/Don’t Invite.

5. Other parents are judgy.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
This is a big reason why it’s so important to find people who get you—and your kid.

6. Many ADHD kids (two-thirds) have other challenges.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
Think obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), oppositional defiance disorder (ODD), anxiety, autism, sensory issues. It ain’t easy.

7. Some people don’t believe ADHD exists.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
“Good parenting will fix that ADHD.” Right. And the world is flat, vaccines are bad, etc.

8. People will interrogate you over your child’s diet.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
Does he eat gluten? Fish oils? Red dye #40? Processed foods?

9. Thinking ahead is good.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
ADHD kid + snack + bustling restaurant + quick service = good times

10. Failing to think ahead is bad.

ADHD kid + hunger + quiet restaurant + long wait = losing your mind (both you and your child!)

11. A sense of humor is required.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. Laughing is better.

12. Everyone has an opinion on medication (and they’re not afraid to share it.)

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
“Is she on meds? Which ones? Have you tried homeopathy?”

13. If you are medicating, you will wonder if you shouldn’t.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
Will she be short, get cancer, suffer side effects?

14. If you’re not medicating, you will wonder if you should.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
Will he become a criminal, drug addict, dropout?

15. You will worry that your child has been labeled.

He’s difficult! She’s a nuisance! That kid is trouble!

16. You will worry that your child is misunderstood.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
She doesn’t try! His head’s in the clouds! She’s a daydreamer!

17. You will love or hate your doctor.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
Depending on how your child is doing and how long it takes them to call you back.

18. You will love or hate your school.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD

Depending on how your child is doing and how often the teacher calls you.

19. You will suspect your child has early-onset Alzheimers.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
She doesn’t—even if she can’t remember what you told her ten seconds ago.

20. You will suspect that your child is a narcissist.

You will suspect that your child is a narcissist.

ADHD kids are hyper-focused on what they want. Think of your child as the world’s most effective self-advocate. It’ll make you feel better.

21. Potty training never ends.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
You have to slow down and pay attention to have good aim. Neither of which is your kid’s forte. You may want to consider toilet seat covers.

22. You will be pushed to the brink of your humanity.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
You will google “military school. ” And mean it.

23. Your heart will expand.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
You will become a deeper, more compassionate person. Watching your child struggle does that to a parent.

24. Your nails will grow longer and sharper.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
Ever heard of a mama bear? That’s the parent of an ADHD kid.

25. You will develop advocacy skills you never thought you had.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
SST? IEP? 504? You know exactly what they mean.

26. You will be jealous.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
Why is everybody else’s kid so easy? Never mind, compare = despair.

27. Gratitude is everything.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD

You will be forever grateful to the parents, teachers, and kids who show compassion, inclusion, and humor. They will reach out to you and your child. You will never forget it.

28. You will learn to LET IT GO.

28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD

And if not, wine helps.

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