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"His Heart Breaks Because He’s Not Always Sure Why What He’s Doing Is So Wrong": Mom Shares Touching Story About Son Diagnosed With Hyperactivity

Date January 22, 2019 18:59

Have you ever heard of hyperactivity? It is often a symptom of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Children with hyperactivity aren't just overactive with their bodies, their brain also works very fast.

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According to UNDERSTOOD, the telltale signs of hyperactivity in children are:

  1. Talking almost constantly and frequently interrupting others;
  2. Moving from place to place quickly and often clumsily;
  3. Keeps moving even when sitting down;
  4. Bumping into things;
  5. Has trouble sitting still for meals and other quiet activities.

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However, it isn’t as rosy as it may seem. 

Mom shares experience

On the 17th January, a mother, Amy Betters-Midtvedt, shared a write-up dedicated to her son, Thomas, and other children with hyperactivity on her Facebook and Instagram accounts.

She described how he has lived with hyperactivity and is different from his siblings. Amy began the poem by stating that her boy was the kid who never listens and causes a lot of trouble in school.

However, she was quick to bring to the readers' notice that hyperactivity wasn’t all about the negatives. 

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A post shared by Amy Betters-Midtvedt (@hidingintheclosetwithcoffee) on

She commented on his intelligence and handwriting to prove his smartness. His ability to create is evident in line 15 where she mentioned:

“You might send him to put on his boots and he'll come back with a new LEGO creation. “

She also wrote on how his naughty acts broke his heart as he was not sure why he was doing them:

“His heart breaks because he’s not always sure why what he’s doing is so wrong.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Amy Betters-Midtvedt (@hidingintheclosetwithcoffee) on

Thomas’ condition enables him to be ahead of his peers when it comes to thinking processes. Emotionally, he loves fiercely and deeply.

The poem gives us an insight into the beauty of children with hyperactivity as it ended with a note of encouragement for people to look beyond a child's definition and love them for them for who they truly are.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Amy Betters-Midtvedt (@hidingintheclosetwithcoffee) on

The touching poem has gained impressive recognition so far because some mothers could relate to it. It has been shared over 15,000 times since its upload.  

Pointers on how to help a hyperactive child

Hyperactivity tends to make children do things on impulse. Every hyperactive child needs extra attention, patience, and activities.

We combined some helpful tips on how to handle hyperactive children.

1. Enrol them in activities that will wear out the excess energy they tend to have. Extracurricular activities in school, such as sports, would be ideal;

2. Assist them in identifying and dealing with their feelings. Hyperactive children face difficulty expressing themselves;

"His Heart Breaks Because He’s Not Always Sure Why What He’s Doing Is So Wrong": Mom Shares Touching Story About Son Diagnosed With HyperactivityMonkey Business Images / Shutterstock.com

3. Hyperactive children have a short attention span so they need patient mothers and guardians who care for and direct them;

4. Establish a connection between you and your child, so that they can feel safe opening up to you.

We praise Amy for raising awareness about this on her Facebook group page. Hiding in the closet with coffee by Amy Betters-Midtvedt is a community page where various mothers share experiences and ideas.

"His Heart Breaks Because He’s Not Always Sure Why What He’s Doing Is So Wrong": Mom Shares Touching Story About Son Diagnosed With HyperactivityMonkey Business Images / Shutterstock.com

Hyperactive children can be adorable and exhausting at the same time, but we advise mothers to remain patient and steadfast.

Most importantly, if parents can channel these children's excess energy into productive activities, the experience will be much more rewarding.

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