Yes, We Medicate

Wake up.

Get dressed.

Take your medicine.

Eat breakfast.

Leave.

That’s our morning routine. Raising two kids with ADHD is no easy task. For years, before they were diagnosed, the routine wasn’t that simple. 

Wake up.

Get dressed.

Come on, get your pjs off! Put on your underwear. Come on, it’s been five minutes already, get your pants on! Now your shirt…..come on, guys! Ok, socks….I said put on your socks. Guys! Come on!

It was the same thing with breakfast. My kids couldn’t concentrate, and when they went to school, well, it wasn’t much better. Once we knew what we were working with, everything changed.

After a long talk with our doctor, we made the decision to medicate. It was not an easy decision, mind you, but it was the best decision we ever made. Sometimes our routine is still the same, with the constant reminders, but it’s getting better. They focus more, and are doing better in school.

But more than that, the kids are seeing the changes, too. They see that they’re doing better in school, they see that they are happier. There is some calm in our household now. This isn’t to say it’s perfect, we still have our struggles, and I’ve made mistakes. But we’re getting there.

Choosing to medicate is in no way taking the easy way out. It is a decision that you have to make for your own children, for your own family. But no matter what, never feel guilty. Never be ashamed, because you are doing everything you can for your child, and no matter whether you parent a child with ADHD or not, we’re all just trying to do our best. 

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