In this episode, I’m talking with Sam Gardner. Sam is the mother of a daughter with ADHD. (Even better, her daughter is in middle school!) Sam shares the frustration, joy and adventure of being part of a family affected by ADHD. We talk about selfcare, the importance of learning how best to manage your kid with ADHD, and the importance of recognizing growth in yourself and your child.
Thanks for listening! I hope you enjoy it.
Let me know what you think – brendan@ADHDessentials.com.
2:00 How School reveals ADHD
2:40 Why you might not be a Helicopter Parent
3:30 Managing Teachers when you have a kid with ADHD
4:27 School Struggles
5:17 Letting Go and Letting the Kid Take the Lead
7:45 The Importance of Breaking Parental habits to Help the Kid
9:21 ADHD Outside of School
9:34 Fearlessness and Getting Lost at Target
11:07 Disney’s “The Circle”
12:31 Social Media & Technology Challenges
17:23 Good Things ADHD Adds
20:27 The Value of Having Friends Who also have kids with ADHD
20:50 The Ripple Effect of Joining the School Play
22:05 What Parents Have to Learn
25:40 Self Care
30:05 How an Outside Perspective Helps you See Growth
34:24 On Medication
36:57 Judgment from Other Parents
39:10 Ending Essential