So my best friend and I were talking the other day about our children. Her son is 7 months younger than my daughter, and she was telling me how her son's therapist wants him tested for ADD. That brought up the subject of my daughter, who is diagnosed ADHD, ODD, borderline OCD, Severe Anxiety/Panic disorder with a tick of chewing/eating inanimate objects. She asked why I (and my daughter's father) chose to have her unmedicated (for her ADHD), and I said this:
"Kennadie wouldn't be Kennadie if she wasn't the way she is. She's my Kennadie, my bubbly, outgoing, bouncing off the walls little girl. Why alter that? We've found ways outside of medication to help her cope and as long as her next teacher is willing to listen, understand, and help when needed, I believe we will be 100% fine."
She didn't know what to say to that. I'm not against medicating, since she is medicated for her other issues, but her father (who is ADHD medicated) wanted to go the opposite route of what he had to go through. And I agreed with him. If, in the future, our tactics aren't working anymore, then medication will be introduced. But she's 6 year old and she's thriving just fine with what we've been doing. So, as I said, why alter that for her?
(Her father and I, though not together, have a fantastic relationship :3)