Wow, that sounds like a Pinterest pin-able title if ever there was one. If you’re a craft-y person you’ll probably be looking for the Pinterest widget already, but maybe you’d better leave the tacky glue, craft sticks and gold glitter away until you’ve read this.
What would someone with ADHD want that others wouldn’t appreciate as much? I don’t know. I’ve reviewed the list and the things on it are things that anyone would want. But they are things that people with ADHD see less often in their lives.
And we’re not talking cash or cars or big screen TVs here. Of course most of us want most of those things, though it’s true we might see them less often or for less time than others. Until we’ve found a means of replacing our executive function with procedures, or significant others who know how to make decisions without us feeling left out, we typically don’t get as far ahead in life.
[...] all I have to say about this idea is: “You should be so lucky!”
You may have heard if you’re nice to someone with ADHD you’ll be stuck with them. Like feeding a stray cat, they won’t go away. This may be true, there are no studies to confirm or refute this postulation. As soon as there is information available, you can be sure I’ll have it for you right here. But in the mean time, all I have to say about this idea is: “You should be so lucky!”
Why? Because when you offer us any one of the things on this list, you not only get it back, you also increase our self worth and that increases our belief in our abilities. Believing in ones own abilities is self fulfilling prophecy at its best. That leaves you with a very strong friend.
So what do you get when you encourage someone with ADHD? You get someone who has ADHD … and self esteem. What do you get if you discourage someone with ADHD? Think about it. That’s right, you’re left with a person with ADHD … and little else.
We are easily “bought” with a little decency. And if we haven’t been denigrated and discouraged for too long, we will respond rather quickly to the gifts I’m suggesting. I know this, I’ve been the recipient of these things and, while I still struggle, I know that struggle is easy with self esteem.
No, don’t answer that. So without further ado, here is my list of gifts that any person with ADHD would appreciate, and so would anyone else.
I was going call Friday’s post “5 Make-At-Home Gifts For The Person With ADHD To Give” … but the list was the same.
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Last reviewed: 20 Dec 2012