As a parent of a child that was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 4 I can tell you it was not easy. Those letters come with such a stigma, it is actually pretty sad. My son will be 13 in 9 days. It is fascinating to think about and see the changes and struggles we have been through these last few years. He has had teachers that have been awesome in working with us and then we have had teachers that have wanted to put him in what they call “SPECIAL CLASS”.
These children are extremely intelligent, funny and bursting with energy that we all wish we had. It is easy as a parent to become very impatient with learning how to manage the challenges. Be careful not to flood these children with negativity as this can be very detrimental. Learn what works and what doesn’t. Encourage them to face their challenges and not make excuses for themselves.
Traditional family dinners has morphed into families sitting at the dinner table with their faces glued to their phones. In my family we have made it a rule that there are no devices at the dinner table. In our busy schedules it’s easy to lose sight of how important that is.
When this was first implemented in my family there was slight resistance. Today it is not even a question. Dinner is a small amount of time in our day that we can remove ourselves from outside influences and distractions. It allows us to talk to each other about the day, tomorrow, something funny, etc. It really does not matter the content. The point is we are focused on each other.
As a working mom who manages businesses I can tell you if the world falls apart in 1or 2 hours because you do not take a phone call while having dinner with your family, something is seriously wrong. I do not pretend to be perfect either, I have answered calls while at dinner only to have my children give me the LOOK. Which I appreciate because it tells me they appreciate the no device policy.
Value the time we spend together and remember everything else can wait. Family time is the most important time.
Parents, mothers, anyone who has kids. think about this. I could not agree more!
My rant of the day. In today’s age of social media everywhere we are able to express ourselves, opinions, etc. which I think is wonderful. That being said when kids are involved I do not think any adult(especially a family member) should post negative comments on that child’s social media. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but do not impose or make a child feel bad by your negativity or closed mindedness.
I like to think that I am a very calm constructive person. I do not engage in drama, negativity, or any of the such.. BUT when it involves a child it become very difficult for me to bite my tongue!
Be kind, be positive, put yourself in the other persons shoes and love each other that’s all 😁
I am 37, every generation, every state, region, country has their own slang. The things I learn from my kids is facinating. Of course when I use certain slang they look at me like I am crazy, I suppose I do the same to them. It is very educational and interesting with this generation. I would recommend any parent getting familiar with slang of this generation. There are words, emojis, etc. that represent something completely different than what they actually mean. I am thankful that I have a very close/open relationship with my kids that they share these things with me. Being able to connect and undersand what your kids are talking about in the electronic world can give you insight and can open doors to conversation and connecting with your kids.
Although a huge portion of my life is very structured and scheduled I am a very spontaneous person. I like doing things on the fly. Randomly waking up on the weekend and thinking, hmm what are we going to do today. Deciding to travel 2hrs away to go to a state park and explore. My kids ask me WHY… My Response.. WHY NOT..