Running a home takes robust planning, anticipation and organization.
People with ADHD can have poor diets and often resort to fast food. Healthy diets require planning for the food, shopping for and preparing it. This kind of forward thinking is challenging for those with ADHD.
Doing laundry can be a crisis as it may take longer than anticipated resulting in having to turn Johnny’s underwear inside out so he can wear it another day.
When Dad fails to pick up Johnny after school, the police are called because he has been abandoned. The child abuse authorities get involved. Mom didn’t sign the permission slip for the field trip, so Johnny stayed in the office all day. Johnny is left feeling insecure and embarrassed.
If you’re a parent with ADHD, it’s not just about you, it’s about your family. Treat the disorder! You owe it to your kids.
For an excellent book with a symptom checklist to help you determine if ADHD is impacting you, review Driven to Distraction by Edward Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D. which also comes in an audio book!
Adults with ADHD can find support with CHADD, Children with ADD.
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