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Samantha Hines, a high school English teacher for 23 years, is mom to a eight-year-old son, Edgar. In October 2011, he was diagnosed with epilepsy. A year after, he was diagnosed with ADHD. Hines is in awe of her son’s magical way of seeing the world

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posted: Tuesday July 9th - 12:15pm

We Can't Hold Hands Forever

I worry if my son will be able to stay safe in the world when I’m not with him.

Mother and child holding hands
With the arrival of our third son, people joked that my husband and I were now “officially outnumbered.” Friends with more knowledge of sports than I (which is everyone) said that we now had to move from something called “man-on-man” to “zone” defense. Anyone who tells you three children is a breeze — especially when they’re home alone with them — is lying. When one of your...
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posted: Monday July 8th - 11:28am

The Picture That's Worth 1,000 Words

A revealing self-portrait by a boy with attention deficit jump-starts his mom's search for treatment solutions.

Samantha Hines, Different Drummer Blog, ADHD Art
To write this post, I must admit to something that, in my world, is borderline blasphemous. It was something I did because — as a mother, and a mother to my Edgar — I felt I had no choice. It’s not easy to admit, let alone put into print for public consumption and posterity, but admit it, I must: I destroyed one of Edgar’s works...
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