My son was 2 years old when I really began to see behavior issues. One of the first things I noticed was that I would be talking to him and he would be all over the place. He couldn’t stand or sit still and listen to me, he was always squirming or fidgeting and he wouldn’t look at me when I talked. It was as if he had already learned to ignore me! One evening, after work, he was particularly…energetic. And I was tired. He didn’t let me sleep much. He was climbing all over the furniture and he was trying to climb on the little stand that the TV was on and I was afraid it was going to fall on him. I kept telling him to quit it, get down, don’t climb on that, you’re going to get hurt, STOPPIT! But he just kept at it.
I couldn’t get him to listen to me so I went over to him and got down on my knees in front of him. I looked him in the eyes and said, “Open your ears.” I don’t know where I pulled that out of but that’s what came out. My precious little toddler put both of his little hands up and pushed his ears forward. I fought off my giggle and told him, “Don’t climb on that. It can fall and hurt you bad.” He said okay and stayed away from it. It worked! I impressed myself. I later learned that people with ADHD often listen better when they’re multi-tasking. Open your ears. Who would’ve thought?
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