When you become a parent, you make the decision to place your heart in the body of somebody else, ultimately feeling their laughter, smiles, and accomplishments— but also their pain, insecurities, and fears.
Unfortunately, not all children experience these positives and negatives equally, as shown in this heartbreaking video with an important message.
The video opens with scrolling text that reads, “I asked two children the same questions. Both children are six years old and in the first grade, but only one of them has ADHD. Can you guess which one?”
The video shifts to the first child, a confident-looking young boy. The unseen camerawoman asks him his age, and he tells her that he is six and a half.
The scene then shifts to a little girl who is asked the same question, making it easy for the viewer to compare responses. “Six,” her soft voice answers hesitantly.
The answers of the children are identical for the first few questions but begin to differ when the topic shifts to school and friendships.
While the little boy tells the camerawoman that he likes school because he likes to “play with [his] friends at recess,” the little girl tells her that she is not a fan.
The little girl seems extremely hesitant in her answers, slowly revealing that she does not have many friends and that it makes her feel “lonely”.
As the conversation continues, the little boy says that he often gets invited to parties and doesn’t experience bullying at school.
But in her scene, the little girl answers that she is “sometimes” bullied and does “not usually” get invited to parties.
Hearing these words from a child is heartbreaking, but the most tragic moment is when the children are asked if there’s anything they dislike about themselves.
While the boy thinks for a minute before answering with a solid “no”, the little girl uncomfortably admits that she can be ‘bad’.
At the end of the video, the audience learns that the little girl is the child with ADHD.
The discusses a few facts, such as the following:
- ADHD is a neurological disorder
- 5% of children between the ages of 4 and 17 have ADHD
- Children with ADHD often have low self-esteem and poor social skills
- Children with ADHD are often excluded from social gatherings
It ends with a plea, reading, “All children deserve and want to be loved. Please be aware that not all disabilities are visible. Educate your children about ADHD and teach them kindness and compassion.”
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