1. People don’t get it.
2. You can love your child and still be super annoyed.
3. It’s okay to feel angry.
4. It can be a lonely road.
5. Other parents are judgy.
6. Many ADHD kids (two-thirds) have other challenges.
7. Some people don’t believe ADHD exists.
8. People will interrogate you over your child’s diet.
9. Thinking ahead is good.
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.
12. Everyone has an opinion on medication (and they’re not afraid to share it.)
13. If you are medicating, you will wonder if you shouldn’t.
14. If you’re not medicating, you will wonder if you should.
16. You will worry that your child is misunderstood.
17. You will love or hate your doctor.
18. You will love or hate your school.
Depending on how your child is doing and how often the teacher calls you.
19. You will suspect your child has early-onset Alzheimers.
20. You will suspect that your child is a narcissist.
21. Potty training never ends.
22. You will be pushed to the brink of your humanity.
23. Your heart will expand.
24. Your nails will grow longer and sharper.
25. You will develop advocacy skills you never thought you had.
26. You will be jealous.
27. Gratitude is everything.
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.
And if not, wine helps.