This goes out to every judgemental asshat who thinks they have a say in how my husband and I parent our children, specifically about our decision to medicate them because of their ADHD. If you’re one of those folks that thinks ADHD is about bad parenting or out of control children who just need a good old-fashioned ass-whoopin’, let me assure you you don’t know shit. ADHD is a medical condition related to brain chemistry and brain anatomy. It can be hereditary. Don’t believe me? Look it up. And before you go all snarky, no I didn’t drink or do drugs while I was pregnant. And no, I’ve never done dope at any other time, either.
A friend summed ADHD up this way…imagine every movie, TV show and commerical you’ve ever seen and every song you’ve ever heard. Now imagine all those sounds and images barrelling through your brain at once. All that WHILE trying to learn and live a normal life. Sounds like a picnic, right?!
Both my kids struggle: one with grades, the other with behavior. I’m proud to say one child’s last report card was mostly Cs…no, this isn’t me being sarcastic. The other one struggles to make and keep friends because they play like an NFL linebacker and ping-pong between activities. They get in trouble for fidgeting and talking out of turn, stuff neuro-typical children can control and parents of neuro-typical children take for granted. You think this is easy for them? Screw off!
Come live ONE day inside of them and see what it’s like. You couldn’t hack it. I’m the Mom and I only see part of their struggle. I cannot imagine what it’s like to have ADHD, nor do I care to do so.
You don’t like the fact I put them on amphetamines? Trust me, you wouldn’t like them off of them. You, you judgemental asshat, would be the first to bitch and whine about their behavior and why aren’t you as a parent doing anything about it! They are truly lovely children even though I bitch about them on this blog. I’d like them even if they weren’t mine.
Do not question our decisions as parents about how/when/why we treat these children with medications. It’s for their benefit, not yours. Rest assured, we monitor their weight and make sure they have a good diet. We watch them closely for side effects. Not that this is any of your affair. They are, after all, my children not yours.
I am the mama bear. Don’t mess with my cubs.