I’ve been reading some learning disability books lately, and ran across this comparison. They said that some kids (ADD, etc) are like hunters in a farmers world. Their skillset, as you might call it, of constantly monitoring the environment (distractability), wandering around (restlesness), etc are actual traits a good hunter might have. While a good farmer follows things through patiently, a hunter goes off to find the next meal.
I didn’t talk about this at all with my 5-y.o. son. So when he put a backpack on, grabbed a hat and declared himself ready to go out for a walk/hunt I just said “Ok!” and finished getting my garden ready for winter. Apparently animals needed hunting, while my garden needed mulching. Yup. I think this analogy’s a keeper. I suspect it will help me keep perspective instead of pulling my hair out. Now if only I could direct all that energy into something fruitful….