Parents of ADHD Children
Stupid things people say and your very best comebacks
I often don’t say anything when people say ignorant things about ADHD. There’s a huge percentage of people who think it’s just bad parents looking for a quick fix or an excuse for their rotten kids. They don’t know anything about ADHD and a comment here or there from me likely isn’t going to change their mind.
Today I had to go pick up my son for yet another doctor appointment (we just started medication for the first time over the holidays and are needing to get consistent blood pressure readings, so this is the third appointment this week). Well I went by the office and my son wasn’t there so I had to have the secretaries call him down. While I was waiting, one said “He sure isn’t very good at watching the clocks”. I replied with “yeah, I guess it’s not his strong suit”, but I wish I’d said something better. I mean, I’m sure she didn’t mean anything terrible by it, but it’s a little like saying “gosh, he’s not very good at drawing” about the blind kid, or “he’s not very good at running” about the kid with the crippled leg. They’d never say that to their mom, but saying it to me is fine?
This wasn’t the worst thing I’ve had said to me (having his previous teacher say it’s just his personality and that he’s lazy was closer to the worst), but I wish I’d had a better comeback for her. Something along the lines of “yeah, well that’s generally how ADHD works” might have been better…
So here’s my question… We’ve all had dumb things said to us… What was your worst? And what was your best comeback?
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