When my son Ross was at the very academically competitive Episcopal High School in Alexandria VA, he was diagnosed with ADD and prescribed medication. He took it for a while and his grades were great but after about a month or so, his teachers contacted us saying it didn't appear that he was continuing his medication. When we asked him why he stopped, Ross beat around the bush for about a half hour and finally confessed, "Mom, when I take the medicine I don't daydream and that is when I get my BEST ideas."
It was one of the most profound things I've ever heard a child say. At that point, I took a deep breath and thought to myself, “Well, we're probably going to have a C student… but I totally get it.”
Sometimes ideas are more important than facts. They certainly are more fun... and this is the child who started a catering business while still in boarding school using only the dorm grill. Ross taught his Russian roommate how to cook with Louisiana spices and they had a bang up business. Instead of performing the sign of the cross when walking into teacher conferences, we started getting high fives and words of encouragement for his entrepreneurial drive.
By the way, Ross and his wife Brooke just welcomed their first child, a daughter Vivian Louise Vizard.. sweet baby Vivi! I'm hoping to be called Bizzy!