We have a lot of duties as parents in general. Adding in ADHD and/or autism increases the number of responsibilities that must be on our radars, by a lot. Parents of neurotypical kids don’t have to think much about teaching basic skills that typically develop innately, managing treatments and therapies, and close and frequent communications with teachers… but we do. Let’s face it, when we break it all down, we need a mighty large plate to carry all our (special) parenting responsibilities.
This special brand of parenthood is a massive undertaking. Yet, it can (and should) be simplified for less overwhelm and easier implementation. It can really be boiled down to a few basic principles, #1 being to set your kids up for successes. (Well, I guess this may be priority #2, actually — right behind the first credo for all parents: keeping our kids alive and safe.) Setting your child with ADHD and/or autism up for successes may seem monumentally hard, or even impossible given all our kids’ challenges, but, it’s not. I promise. I’ll show you how right now.