One theme I have seen over and over on this site is that parenting an ADHD child is a roller coaster ride. And that really resonates with me. I think that because the lows can be so low, the wins seem really big in comparison. Since starting methylphenidate we have been seeing more high points lately and I wanted to share that because my last post was pretty self-pitying and pessimistic.
Last night my son had a big (for second grade!) part in his school musical. I have to say I was fairly surprised he got the part. Last year I can not imagine that happening. And I was terrified for the play. Last year at his old school he literally brought the recital to a stop after one of the other kids missed his lines. He was crying and arguing on stage. Sigh. So I went into the school auditorium last night feeling like I needed a stiff drink to prepare myself. And you know what? He did great! His microphone was malfunctioning and kids definitely missed lines and he kept going. He said his lines and sang and took it all in stride. I got to play the part of a proud mom. And he got to be ( in his words) “famous” among his peers. And he was invited to a play date for the first time this year.
So today we are at the top of the roller coaster. I would love to believe that this is it and there is smooth sailing and success from here on out. But even though that is certainly not realistic, at least we had this win to build on. And last night the whole family was able to let out a collectively held breath and relax.
This group has been so lovely and supportive. It is the only place I have found acceptance and true understanding of what we are going through. So thank you and hugs to all. And savor those victories no matter how big or small.