Parenting ADHD: Introduction

The title makes this post sound so official, doesn’t it?

Back before the holidays, I told you guys that I was going to write an occasional post on my struggles raising a son with ADHD+.  Remember, I added the ‘plus.’  Well, this is my first post. It’s more of an introduction. My goal is to publish a post a couple of times a month.  Today I don’t have much to say, but I wanted to go ahead and introduce the “series.”

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A little background for those of you who do not know us:

JP was born in Guatemala. Now, hopefully all of you were sitting down when you read that. I know it must come as a shock because we look SO much alike! 

JP has always been a little on the hyper side – this is where I’ll politely ask all family and friends to keep your comments to yourselves (LOL).  His symptoms didn’t begin to escalate until about 4 years ago when his dad and I separated.

.He developed a pretty severe anxiety disorder and began having panic attacks regularly.  I was a wreck too. Between the two of us, we were pretty much a disaster.

That was four years ago.

We are 100% better these days (I’m not being sarcastic, for once) but there are still a LOT of days when I feel like I’m drowning in his ADHD “symptoms.” For that reason, I thought it would be a good idea to journal (via the blog) this frustrating journey. There may even be times when JP gives his input for you to read – brace yourselves because that’ll be interesting! 

I’ve been around special education my entire adult working life. I thought I knew all there was to  know about ADHD, OCD, anxiety, etc until I had a son saddled with these labels. And while I still do not know everything – not even close – I have learned a TON through trial and error. I look forward to sharing my vast amount of knowledge with you.

There it is. The sarcasm always finds it’s way back. 

Happy Tuesday, friends!

P.S. If you have a child with ADHD and would like me to cover a specific topic or have questions, please feel free to email me at andreacbeam@yahoo.com  I look forward to hearing from you! 

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