Parenting with ADD

Just tripped over my son in a dark hallway. He said, “Turn light on. You can see better.” I was just schooled by my barely two-year old. This adulting thing is hard. It was hard enough before I had a tiny human to call me out on it. Parenting with ADD is a thing. Granted, our attention spans are roughly the same and I completely understand his energy and need to constantly move.

I left my phone in a desperate search to find my phone the other day. Yes, let that sink in for a second.

I think I use Find My Phone more than 99% of the population. I am afraid to track this, but it just might be true.

My name is Addison Messer. ADD MESS. Yup. About right.

Recently, I was on my way to a friend’s house and stopped at a red light. I looked back to check on my darling son and could only see two mis-matches socks. Did I really forget to put shoes on my son? Luckily, my forgetful self forgot to take his shoes out from a previous trip. 

I go into every room roughly a bajillion times because I never remember why I went there. More steps on the Fit Bit right.

With all of this being said, it kind of helps my parenting. Sure, it makes some things more difficult, but having ADD as adult makes me have the energy of a manic puppy with a bone. My two-year old is more than happy to play chase for the umpteenth time this hour. 

I can’t help but to tumble like a little kid every time I am on a beach.

We also don’t have a schedule we are tied to. Sure, some things have a set agenda and we may have an overall plan of going to the zoo or park, but the adventures we pursue are limitless as long and Mommy remembers snacks.

Long and short. Parenting with ADD has challenges, but it is totally doable. Guess what you never forget: your baby’s needs. It just doesn’t happen. Guess what you do remember: that you love your kid more than anything in the world. 

Side tangent. I was distracted 8 million times writing this posts and only one was by my son. 

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Paula from Her Life Is Love
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Hi Addison, glad to see your blog back up! I bet you are one fun mama! I think you can attribute some of the forgetfulness to mommy brain 😉 keep up the great work! BTW I love your photos! So much personality!

Lindsay
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The second to last paragraph is so true for all parents. When I can’t seem to keep it all together I can always honestly say that I’m doing everything I can to care for my kids and that I love them more than anything. Thanks for sharing your experience. Hang in there Mama!

Kate
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ha ha this is so funny! I am a forgetful person so could really relate to the shoes!! Also getting more steps in on your fit bit… always look on the bright side!! Xxx

Clarice | Pursuing the Simple Life
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My kids school me too. Kids can be too smart for their own good some times lol! Parenting with ADD is a perspective that’s never even crossed my mind before. Love the insight!

Deb
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I don’t know where you get that from. It might be….hey did you see that show last night?

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