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Your kid has ADHD—and these 11 superpowers

So, you’ve been told that your child has ADHD? Know that there are some awesome superpowers that come with ADHD!

Your kid has ADHD—and these 11 superpowers

So, you’ve been told that your child is easily distracted, impulsive, restless, and even hyperactive? You might have been told that they have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, (ADHD).


You are not alone. In fact, 1 in 10 of their classmates might be going through the same experience. Of course, ADHD may get in the way of everyday things your child wants to do, such as sitting still, following through with something, or focusing for long periods… but guess what?

Not only are there things your child can do to work with their challenges, there are some awesome superpowers that come with ADHD.


Here are 11 of them:


1. Your kid thinks differently—and that’s valuable

More and more, the world around us is realizing that old ways of thinking might need to be updated. And how can we start to see things in a new way if we don’t value people who think differently? Your child’s mind is unique, and that makes them a valuable contributing member of society. Their unique vision might be just what is needed to think of a creative solution that no one else has yet to discover!

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2. Your kid has boundless energy

The National Institute of Mental Health says that hyperactivity is a major part of ADHD. The “hyperactive” part of ADHD can actually be a lot of fun. Your child has plenty of energy to dominate in sports, tackle any task at hand, and explore their surroundings. All this energy makes them ambitious and energizing to be around — others feed off their energy!

3. Creativity is easy for your kiddo

Your child’s brain is wired a little differently than most, and creative, innovative thinking comes naturally to them. People with ADHD make great artists, scientists, and creative-types, since their brains are naturally interested and inventive.

4. Your kid has an amazing talent for detail

Your child might feel like their mind sometimes works like a pinball—bouncing around from point to point. Sometimes this can feel like a lack of focus, but it also means that their mind is capable of covering many details at once or in a short time. In fact, sometimes ADHD is called an “attention surplus.” This means that your child actually does have the ability to focus really well, their focus just looks differently than other children’s.

5. With hyperfocus, your kid rocks the things they’re passionate about

Sometimes it feels like your child’s ADHD just won’t let them focus on something. While this is true, actually, sometimes it can help them to have super intense “hyper focus.” Oftentimes, kids and adults with ADHD have extremely passionate interests. Maybe it’s model trains, computers or playing the guitar—the point is, they are willing to dedicate endless amounts of time and energy to working on and perfecting the things they are passionate about.

6. Your kid has serious resilience

Not only can your child’s mind quickly shift from one thing to another, giving them terrific flexibility and ability to “go with the flow” and “turn on a dime,” but their talent for quickly shifting gears helps them remain resilient in life. In fact, those with ADHD stay cool in a crisis and are often E.R. doctors or nurses, firefighters, police officers, stock traders, athletes, and even entertainers.

7. Your kid is sensitive to others’ differences

Does your child sometimes have very deep emotional reactions? People with ADHD feel the world around them very deeply. Since they are a little different and get what it’s like to feel this way, they understand when those around them could use a little empathy for their own unique characteristics.

8. Your kid is spontaneous

“Boring” is not a word that is usually applied to your child. With a million ideas a minute, they are not willing to get mired down by routine. Maybe they want to invent a new language, or build a soccer field in your backyard. Chances are, their friends love to spend time with them because your kid always wants to get out there and try new things.

9. Your kid is willing to take risks

Doctors and scientists say that “impulsivity” is one indicator of ADHD. And maybe your child doesn’t always think things all the way through. And sometimes adults in their life don’t like this, but it can help them get ahead. Taking risks is necessary for achieving big rewards—after all, one can only accomplish so much while staying in one’s comfort zone.

10. Your kid is enthusiastic

Their boundless energy means they’re usually bursting with enthusiasm about the things that excite them, allowing them to go through life feeling super enthusiastic and rarely bored!

11. You kid has a world-class imagination

ADHD isn’t all bouncing off the walls. In fact, many kids with ADHD lead rich inner-lives and are prone to long, deep daydreaming. They can use this imaginative talent to write incredible stories, dream up new inventions or anything they want—the world is their’s to seize!

This is how we’re defining success this school year

Hint: It's not related to grades.

In the ever-moving lives of parents and children, opportunities to slow down and reflect on priorities can be hard to come by. But a new school year scheduled to begin in the midst of a global pandemic offers the chance to reflect on how we should all think about measures of success. For both parents and kids, that may mean putting a fresh emphasis on optimism, creativity and curiosity.

Throughout recent decades, "school success" became entangled with "academic achievement," with cases of anxiety among school children dramatically increasing in the past few generations. Then, almost overnight, the American school system was turned on its head in the spring of 2020. As we look ahead to a new school year that will look like no year past, more is being asked of teachers, students and parents, such as acclimating to distance learning, collaborating with peers from afar and aiming to maintain consistency with schooling amidst general instability due to COVID.

Despite the inherent challenges, there is also an overdue opportunity to redefine success during the school year by finding fresh ways to keep students and their parents involved in the learning process.

"I always encourage my son to try at least one difficult thing every school year," says Arushi Garg, parenting blogger and mom of a 4-year-old. "This challenges him but also allows me to remind him to be optimistic! Lots of things in life are hard, and it's important we learn to be positive during difficult times. Fostering a sense of optimism allows kids to push beyond what they thought possible, like biking without training wheels or reading above their grade level."

Here are a few mantras to keep in mind this school year:

Quality learning matters more than quantifying learning

After focusing on standardized measures of academic success for so long, the learning environment this next school year may involve more independent, remote learning. Some parents are considering this an exciting opportunity for their children to assume a bigger role in what they are learning—and parents are also getting on board by supporting their children's education with engaging, positive learning materials like Highlights Magazine.

As a working mom, Garg also appreciates that Highlights Magazine can help engage her son while she's also working. She says, "He sits next to me and solves puzzles in the magazine or practices his writing from the workbook."

Keep an open mind as "school" looks different

Whether children are of preschool age or in the midst of high school, "going to school" is bound to look different this year. Naturally, this may require some adjustment as kids become accustomed to new guidelines. Although many parents may wish to shelter our kids from challenges, others believe optimism can be fostered through adversity when everyone is committed to adapting to new experiences.

"Honestly, I am yet to figure out when I will be comfortable sending [my son] back [to school]," says Garg. In the meantime, she's helping her son remain connected with friends who also read Highlights Magazine by encouraging the kids to talk about what they are learning on video calls.

Follow children's cues about what interests them

For Garg, her biggest hope for this school year is that her son will create "success" for himself by embracing new learning possibilities with positivity.

"Encouraging my son to try new things has given him a chance to prove that he can do anything," she says. "He takes his previous success as an example now and feels he can fail multiple times before he succeeds."

There's no denying that this school year will be far from the norm. But, perhaps, we can create a new, better way of defining our children's success in school because of it.

This article was sponsored by Highlights. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

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Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

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Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

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This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

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Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

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Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

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Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

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There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

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Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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Every parent can relate to these funny tweets about the presidential debate

If you've refereed siblings you can relate to Chris Wallace.

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The first presidential debate was painful to watch for many reasons. The sitting president of the United States failed to condemn white supremacy when asked, and while both President Trump and Joe Biden spoke nearly constantly, they didn't say much of value.

It was disappointing for stressed parents who would have rather heard more about policy and the future of America instead of watching two men interrupt and insult each other.

The candidates spent a significant amount of time talking over each other, asking the other to shut up and deflecting questions from moderator Chris Wallace, whose position was instantly relatable to any parent who has had to ask their children to stop squabbling at the dinner table.

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These viral tweets sum up the debate perfectly:

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