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Sarah is a working mother, appreciative wife, and fierce advocate for her six-year-old daughter, Hadley, who was recently diagnosed with ADHD. She admits that some days are harder than others, but the successes make it all worthwhile.

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Archives: January 2012

posted: Saturday January 28th - 11:47am

Don't Judge, Just Bring Cookies

Managing meltdowns with my ADHD child is already hard enough. Judging my parenting skills during an outburst only makes me feel worse.

It may seem obvious to everyone else (especially those rolling their eyes at me behind my back), but it only recently occurred to me that people judge me. It's often said that we are our own worst enemies, but when it comes to parenting my ADHD inattentive type child, I’m finding my nemesis is often sitting across the playground sipping a Starbucks latte. Believe me, it’s not...
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posted: Tuesday January 17th - 9:52am

Consumed By Food: Our Struggles With ADHD and Eating

Her psychologist insists that diet won't eliminate my daughter's ADHD symptoms. But I wonder: How could good food NOT help her feel better?

Following Hadley's ADHD diagnosis in October, I began researching the ways that diet might impact her ADHD inattentive-type symptoms. I broached the subject with Hadley’s child psychologist, who said that she has not observed any significant improvement in symptoms due to dietary changes during her years of practice. She told me of parents who tried diets and supplements, but ultimately ended up using ADHD medication. We’ve...
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posted: Tuesday January 3rd - 2:51pm

The Bells Went Off: ADHD Alarm Success

I do believe in fairies, I do, I do! Are the most effective solutions sometimes the simplest? For ADHD kids and their parents alike, the answer is Yes.

Here we are, more than a week after Christmas, and my front room looks as though I run a full-fledged daycare center. I’ve resolved myself to the fact that my furniture will remain piled elsewhere until my girls finish playing with toys. I’ve resolved myself to the fact that we’ll need to find homes for the many (MANY) new gifts they received. And I’ve shirked off some...
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