We are all born with unique gifts that we can sometimes tend to discount and gloss over in favor of focusing on ways we perceive ourselves as “lesser” than others. But what if we could better learn to see our differences as strengths?
We could tell ourselves a story like “I’m too hyper and unfocused.” Or we could tell ourselves the story that “My brain works quickly and that is a special strength.”
With millions of kids diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their childhood, we must ask ourselves how it can be that such a large swath of children are supposedly “damaged.” Could we not better classify them as unique?
It’s helpful to remember how incompatible the environment of the typical staid classroom is for a young person chafing to burn energy; now just imagine how amplified the feeling would be for a child with ADHD.
Model a different kind of empathy for the way they see the world differently. Build an environment for your child that encourages them to apply their energy, imagination, and ability to take quick action. Our kids enter their school years brimming with incredible reservoirs of creativity; they make short movies, they write books, they launch small business ventures of their own. But by the time they have completed the long journey through our education system, they have ceased to burn with the same flames of intensity. They have been told to repress their energy and quietly follow the examples of others around them.
It doesn’t have to be the same for your child. Give them the safe space they need to dream, the freedom to be themselves. Help them harness a gift that many others would love to have. Help them understand that they have FastBraiin.
Some Ideas for Helping Your Child Harness FastBraiin
- Help them turn procrastination into productivity, such as setting timers for distinct periods of time to encourage your child to complete a dreaded task as part of an environment that almost feels a bit like a game with the added rush of a countdown to beat.
- Show them that their unique way of seeing the world can help them to achieve special things – employing creativity, learning new skills and ways of working, energetically tackling a wide variety of tasks.
- Encourage them to focus on things they’re interested and passionate about. They may find history class to be a total snore, but perhaps they’ll read anything they can get their hands on when it comes to movies and cinema. Why not encourage them to follow the path that they are most passionate about?
Our Resources section is full of even more ideas to help your child take advantage of their gifts, but if you want to learn more about this philosophy and how it can change your child’s life (and your own), please order a copy of Flipping ADHD on Its Head today.