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When Kristen Caven’s son was diagnosed with attention deficit, inattentive type, she had no doubt about where he'd gotten the gene. She writes about her creative and comedic ADHD family, being a patient mother with a brain built for speed, and her sudden enrollment in what she calls “ADD School.”

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Archives: July 2016

posted: Wednesday July 20th - 9:30am

End of the Mother Road

With Enzo off to college, my ADHD struggles for structure.

When I became a mom, I loved being the one who would make the world come alive with my morning routines. Opening windows, making food, and getting the kid where he needed to go were powerful actions. But, on the other hand, I struggled with the routines. The early years were the hardest and the sweetest; the hours sucked, but I was well paid, with baby...
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posted: Monday July 11th - 2:35pm

The Three R’s for Ruling Your ADHD

ADHDers need rituals, routines, and rewards (like watching Sex and the City while folding laundry) to keep us in a good place.

A person with ADHD may have a highly organized mind, an incredible ability to focus, and a clarity of vision beyond the normal scope, but anyone with executive function problems still has problems following steps, noticing time, and keeping to a program. Three powerful R’s for managing ADHD recognize this dichotomy. Understanding routines, rewards, and rituals energizes our minds and focuses our attention. Routines are patterns of action...
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