ADHD in Girls
Tired of feeling like I'm labeled a bad parent
I recently learned that my 9-year old daughter has ADHD. She gets mostly Bs and Cs in school and has to put in much more effort than other kids her age to sustain her grades at that level. She’s also recently had trouble falling asleep and maintaining friendships because all the girls in her class are cliquey and care a lot about who’s “smart”/honor roll and who’s “not smart” and they are dividing up along those lines. I’m finding while ADD/ADHD is fairly common/accepted in boys (I think my 6yo son has it too), I’m finding having a girl with impulsiveness, disorganization, hyperactivity, inattention issues is really difficult. I often feel like other parents and her teachers are judging both her and me. Having the diagnosis helps because before we had no idea what was going on. I’m wondering if anyone has any strategies to teach schools/teachers/other kids and parents about this condition so that we may all live in a more supportive community and not always feel like the “bad parent” when we’re walking down the hallways in our kids’ schools and so our kids’s self esteems don’t suffer for something they have no control over?
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