It is so important to have people around you who understand what you are going through, and the ones who have walked the road before you are often the in the best position to fill that role.
It took me 9 months from diagnosis to go to my first ADHD support group meeting. Within 5 minutes of being there I felt totally at home, totally at ease. A feeling that was alien to someone as socially awkward as me!
Every special needs parent needs that. The people you go to when times get tough, and they do get tough. The people who won’t judge or think badly of you. The people who don’t need an explanation first. The people who just ‘get it’. They nod along because they have been there too, they recognise your problems in their own children. They have ‘been there’, and come out the other side. They give you hope.
They are your tribe.
I am very fortunate to have the majority of my tribe in my local town but there are also lots of options to build an online tribe and they can be just as supportive.
This is a list of some of the blogs I read and pages I follow.
ADHD Kids Rock Written by ADHD teen Jeff
ADDitude A magazine about ADHD
There are also some really good Facebook pages and groups where other share their lives.
This is a far from exhaustive list, it’s only the start! The online special needs community is massive and I’m sure I will revisit this topic again as I learn more.