Sharing this short piece about how I discovered I’m totally an ADHD version of Mary Poppins!
Over the years, I’ve imagined myself as Peter Pan, Calvin (from Calvin and Hobbes), and Merida (from Brave). Truly, though, I’m Mary Poppins which makes me deliriously happy because “Mary Poppins” is in my top 3 movies of all time! I’m the ADHD version of Mary Poppins!
When Julie Andrews turned 80 last year, I went gaga. I love Julie Andrews. She makes me feel happy. I don’t know her. I just love her. So, OF COURSE, in honor of her birthday, I had to go on Pinterest and do some “light surfing.” I swear, I only did it to honor Julie Andrews. I promise! LOL.
Anyway, I saw a Mary Poppins quote and BAM! I got virtually smacked upside the head:
I am Mary Poppins!
Who remembers this goody: “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and – SNAP – the job’s a game.”
That is me to a T. I’m not “work hard, play hard.” I’m “combine work and fun.” Find the fun and adventure in everything.
And need I remind you that when the Banks family hired Mary Poppins, their family life improved?? Hint, hint, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.
The ADHD brain appreciates fun, interesting things. Saying “that’s just the way it is,” or “because I said so!” doesn’t work as well as asking, “What would make this more fun or interesting?” That can make an ADHDers eyes bug out with excitement! It is a subtle invitation for them to use their executive functions. Double bonus!
Instead of the regular, old as dirt, tired rules that don’t work, try letting your kids know that this is what needs to be done and how would they add an element of fun?
P.S. A spoonful of sugar is a metaphor. I definitely wouldn’t “sugar them up” and then get them to try to get anything done. LOL.
P.P.S I have a HUGE crush on Dick Van Dyke!
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