Last week was kinda a big deal, I had the opportunity to speak at the Parent & Child Expo in Ottawa.
This event draws hundreds of parents and caregivers from all over the city and Ottawa valley – It was amazing!
On stage, I shared my family’s journey of parenting ADHD’ers and 3 key things I wish I had known for sure 5 years ago when I jumped on this crazy ride.
For those that couldn’t make it to the Expo for the live chat here is a snapshot of what I shared;
“Over the past 5 years, I have learned so many lessons about who I am as a Mother and how I parent my ADHD’ers. As I reflect on our journey there are 3 things, I wish I knew for sure when I started.
1. I Know my Child Best!
Even when I think I don’t, I do. We are all given lots of advice from those that care and those that think they do. It is important as a parent to take what you need or what works from the advice and get rid of the rest. You know your child best.
2. My Child will NOT Become an Axe Murderer!
Harsh? Maybe. But when you are in the deep end it feels like the world is against you. Your family, friends, educators. Parenting through ADHD is HARD! But you and your child will get to the other side and be that much stronger for it.
3. Timing is Everything
This is a journey, not a race. Never give up. Try new strategies, go back to one that didn’t work in the past and try again. Not every strategy is a solution for you and your family. You have to keep going until you find what works for you. When you find that strategy that works and you see the results, it makes all the trial and error before it totally worthwhile.”
Where are you in your Parenting ADHD’ers Journey? Newly diagnosed? 2-5 years? 5-10yrs?
I would love to hear where you are on your journey and what is one thing you wish you knew for sure when you jumped on this parenting ride.
Please comment below