ADHD Awareness Month – Will my child be OK?
My daily/weekly ADHD Awareness Month posts went exactly as you would have expected. Anyway... Question 2.
As a mum of a 15yr old ADHD girlie, I guess I just need reassurance that she will be able to do normal daily shit like drive.... not oooh shiny crash oooh shiny crash as I imagine her to be. Cook a meal without burning the house down because she got distracted. In other words, what strategies do you use to just get through a day unharmed? xx
I'm going to start with this : Emma Watson - Actress and women's rights activist Simone Biles - American gymnast Katherine Ellison - Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Audra McDonald - Activist, six-time Tony Award-winning singer and actress. Plus a whole host of other names. Being a woman with ADHD has a lot of challenges, but it is not a sentence to a lifetime of failing. I know that isn't what you asked, but I know it is a fear that lurks for many parents. But, back to survival. Routines and a good support system are the main answer. Also, for me, medication. Alexa and her ilk are goddesses. Being able to yell "start timer for ten minutes" or "add soap to the shopping list" is a life saver. If you don't have any processing issues then you can easily start cooking, go and find the timer, go and add things to a shopping list, and dinner is all good. If you have ADHD, there are more steps to that process than you could imagine. Just one step of yelling is incredible. Obviously it's not fool proof. You still need to remember to listen for the alarm, and act on it once you yell at it to stop. But it is a hell of a lot easier than my life was without it. Driving - for me, it can be a haven. I feel my brain settle on a long journey. Many with ADHD are excellent drivers due to being aware of so much going on. Others never feel confident enough, but live absolutely fine never driving at all. She's young and aware, which is a huge thing. She can build her own routines that make sense to her. I spent so long trying to keep my keys in my bag etc. Then I realised that every time I lost them, they were on a particular shelf. They now live there. Why put them where they "should" live, when my brain clearly says they live on that shelf. Key loss has reduced so much - when they're missing, it's because I've come in through the back door and broken the chain of events. I don't know how much of that has helped, but honestly, ADHD is frustrating as hell, but I truly believe that it has some amazing parts, and that with the right support, such as supportive parents, she'll be just fine.

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