“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”
George S. Patton
One of the positive traits about having ADD is the ability to think differently. The ability to think out of the box. That is why many inventors, CEO’S of successful businesses, athletes, artists, and actors have ADD. Their ability to think differently is what has made them so successful.
Yet, in many of our schools today, teachers are expecting all of our children to be the same. They are all expected to sit quietly in their seats, to do what they are told at all times, to be eager to learn in whatever form it is presented in and to sit and take standardized tests for hours at a time. As a person who has ADD, that sounds like torture.
George S. Patton tells us today in our quote that “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking”. Where is the “thinking” if we expect all of our children to be the same?
As a former teacher and the mother of three teachers I know that teachers have an incredibly difficult job. They work long hours, don’t get paid very well and often have to deal with irate parents and their administrations often expect the impossible. I am not trying to disparage all teachers but I also feel the need to be a voice for those children who may think differently.
If your child thinks out of the box, rejoice in that. If they are “different” than their classmates, revel in that. If their assignments don’t always conform to everyone else’s, be happy for them. Realize that years from now it is going to be your child who will make a real difference in this world.
So…it may a bit harder to parent a child who has ADD and thinks out of the box, but think ahead and “see” all of the wonderful things that are going to accomplish in their life.
Have some fun today!