10 Things Parents Can Do For ADHD Awareness
- Search #Parenting and #ADHD on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook and put in your two cents about parenting an ADHD child or teen. Don’t complain, just be factual according to your experience.
- Bookmark some ADHD blogs (like these one – you can find others on Google) and forward or “like” the posts that people should know about. The more we educate, the better our children will be treated.
- Comment on good ADHD blog posts. The more comments, the more likely Google is to pick up the post and make it public. That means that ADHD AWESOMENESS will spread around the world!
- Start your own blog about parenting an ADHD child! WordPress.com will help you! You have plenty to offer, even if you have experience with only one ADHD child 🙂
- Advocate for having PTA speakers each year that know about ADHD and can debunk the myths. Most ADHD topics are relevant for all parents – focus and motivation, school success, communication.
- Advocate for presentations for teachers – something like “What you don’t know about ADHD is what’s making you frustrated.” or “New advances in understanding and supporting children with ADHD
- When you notice someone with a “busy” kid, like in a doctor’s office, grocery store, church or synagogue, etc. give him/her a big smile and say, “I can relate!” You will have made someone’s day!
- When people make fun of ADHD say, “ADHD is awesome.” or “Why would you make fun of a human being?” or “You don’t know much about ADHD, do you?”
- Every time someone asks, “Does your child have ADD/ADHD?” say, “Yes, but I don’t believe it’s a disorder. Some of the most creative and successful people have ADHD.”
- Don’t apologize for your child unless he/she is destructive, disruptive (manners count), or abusive. Instead, tell people that this is how Michael Phelps, Robin Williams, and Emma Watson got started. You don’t need to apologize that your child didn’t do his/her homework, for example, or that he/she needs alone time at the family get-together.
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