Parenting Kids with ADHD
Raising a child with ADHD and other challenges is for many parents an emotionally wrenching process. There is a lot of judgment toward you as the parent from everyone around you: friends, family, teachers, the school, everywhere. It can create a sense of desperation and isolation. A huge part of supporting myself through this time was finding a creative outlet. For me, it was writing. Writing transformed not only my life but my children’s lives.
My kids watched me find and pursue my creative outlet and they witnessed the change in me. For them, it modeled a positive way to deal with pain when you are struggling. All three of my kids have channeled their angsty feelings into creative endeavors. I have a singer/songwriter, a musician, and a writer/poet among my three children. Writing, for me, is a form of therapy, and an opportunity to allow myself the time to engage in what makes me feel purposeful and good. For parents with kids who are struggling, there can be a lot of times when you don’t feel good. Balancing it with self-nurturing is the difference between living a happy life and being miserable.
I believed I had zero creativity until I was in my forties, which was not true. But my own pain forced me to re-discover or remember that I am a writer. I always was. People in the modern age are aware of how important diet and exercise is on health. I would say that being engaged in the creative process is just as powerfully healing. Creative self-expression will improve your outlook, your mood, your children’s outlook and their mood. It will impact your entire family and your way of looking at the world. That’s what saved me. Below are just a few of the essays I have written about parenting ADHD kids. I hope you feel less alone. Please keep in touch at email@example.com.
- I Got Kicked Out of My ‘Mommy and Me’ Class
- The Road to Inner Peace is Paved With Idiots
- Please Don’t Make Me Beg for Help With My Child’s ADHD
- 28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD
- 17 Refreshingly Honest Realities Of Raising A Kid With ADHD
- Twice-Exceptional and Thriving — At Last
- “This Is Not Your Fault, Son. There Is a Problem with the School System.”
- My Son Hates How Different He Is (Excerpt of RESTLESS IN L.A.)