Most times, when I see “ADHD” and “mom” in the same sentence, it’s not about being a mom with ADHD, but about parenting a child with ADHD. I know this is a reality for many, and I’m in no way discounting the experience of others, but I’d like to make sure that people remember that this is a condition that affects more than just children.
This is what it’s like for me as a mom with ADHD raising a daughter.
It's safe to say that we become different people because of our kids. We teach them important life lessons, but they have a lot of things — often unexpected — to teach us too. Especially when those kids have a unique need. Not only do we have to learn the ins and outs of "typical" parenthood, but we have to master everyday challenges that some parents don't.
If you think about it, running and ADHD are a natural fit. What better activity for people who have trouble sitting still than being constantly in motion?
Running can be a kind of meditation. The rhythm of it, the constant movement, the release of anxious energy.
Which isn’t to say that motivating myself to go for a run is always easy. No doubt there are times when it seems like it would be easier to not go for a run. But when I do go for a run, I never end up saying to myself: “I sure wish I hadn’t wasted my time on that.“
To celebrate ADHD Month this October and this year’s theme ‘Girls and Women with ADHD’ we are excited to let you know that in partnership with The Whelan Lab in Trinity we will be bringing one for the most international renowned speakers and experts on this theme Dr Ellen Littman to Ireland, for a special one night key note address.
This 6 week parenting course will discuss the causes of ADHD, typical management issues for parents and practical strategies that include psychological treatments, the importance of diet and sleep as well current educational provision for children and adolescents with ADHD.
The Course will be facilitated by Elizabeth McCrann, Senior Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years’ experience working with children and adolescents in CAMHS with a special interest in promoting resilience and self-regulation in children and adolescent with ADHD.