This is exactly where I am today, and I literally teared up as I read this — especially when i got to the final paragraph. As a person who medicates my own ADHD, I struggle with the decision of whether or not to medicate my ADHD child. There’s a stigma-people say ADHD is an excuse for parents who don’t want to discipline their children. They say medication is an easy way out for the lazy parent. Some of my own family says these same words to me. This is not always the case, and so many parents struggle with this decision.
With my head hung in shame, I will admit right now that I was one of those people. I have said those very things about ADHD and parents who medicate. I was so wrong, and I feel so much shame for thinking that way. Even though I never vocalized my thoughts, I still have specific students and parents who come to mind when I think of this, and I almost want to apologize (even though they had no idea what I was thinking).
Take a look at another mom’s struggle to decide if medication was the right avenue for her daughter. http://ow.ly/qRN6J