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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 August 19th - 11:28am

Handle with Care — But Have a Little Faith

My son pulled off a small victory, but for me it was a much bigger deal.

Basket full of eggs
On the surface, they are just eggs — four little eggs in a basket. A basket with four eggs carried by an enthusiastic young boy who had been asked by one of the women at Coggeshall Farm, Rhode Island’s only living history farm, to collect them and bring them back to the house. He took the basket, collected the eggs, walked 30 yards through the mud, and...
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posted: Friday August 1st - 11:50pm

The Best Version of My Son

Deciding to treat my child's ADHD with meds was agonizing, but it has helped him have a great life.

ADHD Medication
It was an innocent enough question from my oldest son: "Mom, why do you have to take pills for your high blood pressure every day?" I wasn’t caught off-guard, and I didn’t feel defensive. Instead, I explained the genetic hand I had been dealt and how, despite my best efforts, managing it myself had proved ineffectual. However, I wasn’t prepared for his response: “That means if you had...
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