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How to Talk about ADHD with Courage (lessons from my little girl)

Plato wrote, “Courage is knowing what not to fear.” I thought of these words as I sat in the multipurpose room packed with parents and educators from our community.

My 11-year-old daughter was sitting with a panel of experts facilitating a discussion on ADHD.  I could barely hold back the tears as she read a passage from our soon to be released book on our life with ADHD.  

“I went back to school after I was diagnosed.  One of my great friends, Davis, asked me if I had autism.  I said, “no, but I do have ADHD.”  Davis replied, oh good, I don’t know what that is, but I’m sure I will learn about it.”  That reassured me that no one would tease me about my ADHD, and no one ever has.”  Simple and honest logic from a girl who has chosen to see the gifts in her diagnosis.

When she finished reading, thunderous applause filled the room.  It has taken me years of research and soul-searching to openly discuss the subject of her ADHD diagnosis.  I was awestruck with her poise and courage as she shared her deepest struggles with the audience.

I began blogging about my journey parenting a family touched by ADHD last year.  My hope was to educate myself about this disorder and help others in my position along the way.  This led to the decision to work on a book about ADHD with my daughter.

Pickles may struggle to get out the door on time every morning.  She needs extra help organizing her school work every week. But next time I need to find the courage to advocate for ADHD awareness, I don’t have to look far for a shining example of how to be strong.  

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What obstacle has your child overcome that has made you step back and take notice?  Please share your triumph in the comments.


4 thoughts on “How to Talk about ADHD with Courage (lessons from my little girl)

  1. I could barely hold in the tears too!! I could go on and on about J and her courage.. it shines through her in such an obvious, beautiful way. Oh, but, Jenn and Michael… what I want to say is that you are such a gift to your children. You both advocate and stand up for your children in such a way that inspires others to do the same. The way you all love each other.. it’s so wonderful ❤️ Count myself so lucky to know each of you!

    My Robert makes me pause daily. He has learned lessons that I couldn’t begin to know until my 20s. He told me the other day that he hadn’t cried once at school this week. I told him I was happy for him and asked what he did different .. he said, “mom, I just decided to be happy. I closed my eyes and decided that it was ok.” He has a gift for love and compassion – for himself and others.

    What a privilege it is to love these kids!!


    1. Callie my sweet friend you have such a way with words. It isn’t always easy. We do all love each other so much but the chaos that runs through our lives


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