This is not one of my typical cheery posts 😦 Come back tomorrow and I should have something fun for you 🙂 Today, I am feeling a bit of a funk. I don’t normally talk about heavy stuff but I am hoping that even reaching a small group of my friends will help raise a bit more awareness for the disorders we struggle with.
In our little family, we tackle tough times associated with several disorders. We struggle with ADHD, OCD, GAD, ODD and possibly Tourrettes. We also see the challenges associated with Autism. We are no stranger to hurt feelings and negative behavior from others not used to the behaviorisms that come along with with these disorders. I think the hardest of these (for us anyway) has been ADHD.
The most recent heartbreak came on Thursday night at pack meeting. Second son was receiving a merit badge so off we went. Oldest started having a hard time right from the get go. Not staying in his seat, making a lot of silly sounds when he should have been listening, staying up to do the goofy cheers long after everyone else had sat down… things like that. Before a half an hour had even passed, parents were whispering to each other about him. I could hear his name being whispered several times. Shortly after that, the scouts in the front were loudly laughing at oldest and calling him “weird”. I have to admit that stuff like that really offends me and makes me just plain mad. I guess it’s the mother bear in me. No mother wants to see other people making fun of her child. I am fully rational and know that oldest was acting ‘different’. The problem is that he can’t help it. But what really shocks me is that the adults in this situation were not compassionate – nor did anyone take action to stop the children from mocking oldest.
So I guess what I am hoping here – is that you, my good friends, will talk to your children and tell them it is NEVER okay to make fun of someone with a disorder. Oldest’s diagnosis actually qualify him as disabled in the school system. He can’t help the way he was created. So it is up to us – his community – to help him learn to manage it. And it is vital that we do that in a positive way. Please teach your children tolerance of others and please stand up for the next child who is suffering with these types of disorders. Thank you very much from a Mom who has had plenty of heart hurts helping her child grow up with ADHD and more.
Have a great day ❤