Raising a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD is no easy feat. According to theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 11% of children ages 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011 so know that you are not alone.
At times you will find yourself feeling frustrated and exhausted but if you take the time to see how your child’s ADHD positively affects their personality, you’ll be able to enjoy the quirks and unique abilities your child possesses. Kids with ADHD have a different way of viewing the world and you should step inside to gain a deeper appreciation for their perspective.
In this post, a Wisdo community member, Betsy Hnath, shares what she loves most about her son with ADHD and how he keeps her on her toes with his sharp wit and sense of humor.
Children with ADHD can struggle with impulse control, and that extends to displays of emotion. Whatever the feeling, my son has never been the Easter Bunny at hiding it. That’s not always fun if he’s grumpy; but, when he’s happy or affectionate, it’s hard to find a more uplifting spirit in the room.
Having been both coddled or criticized for his ADHD most of his life, my boy knows what it means to feel like an oddball. But, as is common among many children with ADHD, instead of making him angry, it’s made him extra sympathetic to others.
He plays soccer at a highly competitive level, which means things can get rough, but if a player goes down, my son’s the first to offer a hand to help him up. (Even from an opposing team.)
My son’s brain works at a lightning-fast pace. Add that with a perceptive nature and you get a keen sense of humor, common among lots of kids with ADHD.
This kid makes me belly laugh on a regular basis. Not the polite, “that’s sweet honey” kind of laugh. Like, grownup laugh. And he’s nine. His quick, sarcastic wit nearly always catches me off guard and manages to find and tickle my funny bone even when it’s buried under layers of bad days, stress, or distraction. Saturday Night Live – look out.
Like many children with ADHD, my son’s curiosity about people and things is endless, and he wants to know as much as he can as quickly as possible. He’s chatty, confident, and has no trouble walking up to a group of kids he doesn’t know, asking questions, and finding a way to get involved in what they’re playing, regardless of their age. In fact, his older brother and sister sometimes rely on him to break the ice on their behalf.
If SNL doesn’t work out, Mayor might be a good fallback.
Not to say that children without ADHD are boring, but kids with it rarely are. They never run out of energy and don’t overthink things.
I never know what words will tumble out of his mouth or where his little body will launch itself next because rarely does either stop moving. At times that can get exhausting but most of the time, I’m glad. He keeps our house energized, spontaneous, and full of laughter. And I wouldn’t have him any other way.