My readers at The Distracted Mom are truly experts at understanding and living with ADHD and many of the co-occurring conditions. Many of us are parents (or grandparents!) of children affected by ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, learning disorders, and other difficulties. We know what it’s like to raise these kids, to go through diagnosis with them, to grapple with decisions surrounding whether to medicate or not, and to learn the ropes of getting accommodations at school. We face challenges with them, we cry with them, but we also feel so much joy and pride when we see them grow and benefit from the all their hard work.
Below are stories my readers have shared, full of raw honesty, insight, and gleaned from years of experience. Please read through them and stop to comment and let the authors know if their stories touched you! Some of them are bloggers, but many of them are not; they are parents like yourselves who were simply brave enough to share their story with you.
If you find their stories inspiring, please share them with others!
Stories from the Trenches
I should have been a secret agent. Living a double life is something I do naturally. For years I didn’t even realize I was doing it. Considering myself a professional, I have developed my own systems in order to maintain a neuro-typical façade while at work. But I have a secret… No one knows I […]
Growing up, I was an easy diagnosis. ADHD. Medication? Sure. Until I developed tics. Then my parents took me off the meds, never to return. The thing is, even without meds, I’ve learned how to navigate life reasonably well. I'm a science teacher and a (self)published writer. I've learned pretty fluent French and traveled to […]
When my chubby, reason-for-living-and-breathing son blew past all of his developmental milestones without hitting them, I believed my mom-friends and the pediatrician, who said “Kids develop differently. It’s nothing to be worried about.” He did eventually reach each one, but generally months behind schedule and after hours and hours of focused attention from both me […]
My Square Peg: Raising My ADHD Son A Guest Post by Heather I have two young sons who are full of life and vibrant energy, big ideas, questions about the world, and frustrations. ADHD is talked about so much these days. Everyone has heard of it, everyone has an opinion about it, yet few […]