Parents of Autistic & ADHD Kids Have Heard Enough

Things You Should Never Say To Parents of Autistic & ADHD Kids

People really should know better by now, seriously.

This article is dedicated to the parents and caregivers who hear this crap on a regular basis. I see you, you’re not alone, and you’re doing a great job.

I have Celiac disease, so I actually do need to be on a gluten-free diet. I’ve been 100% gluten-free for over 12 years, and guess what? Still neurodivergent.

Most of us are extremely knowledgeable about our condition, or our children’s condition, probably a lot more knowledgeable than you are.

Every parent has received unsolicited advice at some point in their parenting journey. I’d wager that 99.9% of the comments were not appreciated, especially if they came from a stranger, or someone the parent didn’t know well.

Parenting truly is one of the most difficult jobs in the world, so please don’t make it harder by judging each other or making unhelpful suggestions when you weren’t asked.

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Published by Jillian ADHD 2e MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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