A month ago, our youngest child turned 13. This is cliché but …. Its seems like just yesterday he was a wee little fella. (Lol) I can hardly believe he is a TEENAGER now!! The years have gone by so fast.
I always say to people that had he been born first he would have definitely been an only child. From the time he could walk and talk, it has been nonstop. He wakes up in the morning talking and I swear he talks in his sleep. (That is ….when he does sleep)
You see … Mr. Southern Jr has severe ADHD. He was diagnosed young (I mean real young… like in first grade young). He has been a challenge because our girls were total opposite of him.
They were calm, organized, and slightly OCD when it came to school. They had lots of friends and were always busy with social activities. So when Mr. Southern Jr came along, he blew the roof off of our parenting.
We love him more than anything in the world (To the moon and back!) but we didn’t know what to do with a kid that never sat still and constantly talked.
He is also our biggest mess maker of all three of our kids (closely followed by Ms. Smart – the middle child). And I don’t just mean little messes either.
The other morning, I woke up to find flour goop (that’s the only way to describe it) all over my kitchen. He had read somewhere (or watched a YouTube video) that someone had made something magical and wonderful out of flour.
So he had decided he would do the same. He mixed the flour and water. Made the ridiculous goop and I swear he stood on one side of our kitchen and threw it at the sink. It was everywhere …. On the counter… on the faucet (to include both handles)… it was in both sinks. UGH!!!
The crazy messes this boy makes.
Then slyly while we were at Wal-Mart he says:” Let’s buy some cornstarch”.
To which I reply, “Why would I do that? I have a whole container in the cabinet.”
I could tell by the look on his face that he was about to divulge some serious info.
“Well you see…. No we don’t. I used it all the other day (that would be the flour goop day) and put the empty container back in the cabinet so you wouldn’t get mad.”
SERIOUSLY ?!? But how could I get made now? And it was his birthday. I honestly think that’s why he chose to tell me then. (Good planning on his part … point for Mr. Southern Jr.)
With all this said, he is a great kid. When he is sweet … it is the most honest sweetness you could ever ask for. When he is kind … it melts your heart. When he loves … it is a blessing.
I hope that he knows without a doubt …. No matter what obstacles we all face …
talking all the time …
Running around …
not wanting to do school work…
all the things that come with ADHD …
His mom and daddy love him with all our heart and soul!!! And we are proud to be his parents!
So, if you have a child that has ADHD or any of a number of special needs … be sure you tell them how much you love and enjoy having them as your child. It really does make a difference to them.
Have you had a similar experience? Let’s here about it in the comments. Let’s show other moms out there that they are not alone with the struggles that come with parenting a child with ADHD or other special needs.