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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
posted: Monday April 14th - 11:00am
The New King of Lego
When Edgar deposed Oscar as King of Lego, it made parenting them that much harder.
Sibling rivalry has always been alive and well in our house. With three boisterous boys, competition — for space, for attention, for the mastery of skills — has been elevated to an art form. But when you have a child with ADHD, a child whose diagnosis and medical regimen have changed his life for the better, sibling rivalry has an added dimension. Edgar, now eight, and...
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posted: Tuesday February 4th - 1:12pm
Side Effects May Include: Humiliation, Judgment, and Stigma
Yelling “Fire” in a crowded movie theater is a crime. So should yelling out that ADHD medication is “a narcotic” in a crowded pharmacy.
posted: Wednesday December 4th - 1:47pm
“I Feel Wonderful, Mom!”
I’ve been waiting a long time to hear those words from my ADHD son.
posted: Friday September 27th - 11:05am
I Wish My Son Hadn’t Been Dealt an ADHD Hand
Edgar’s birth sister skipped the challenges of attention deficit. I want the same for my son.
My son Edgar’s recent failure-to-thrive diagnosis has thrown us all into intense action — if not an actual tizzy. After having been on stimulant medication for nine months and experiencing the appetite suppression that too often accompanies it, my son gained only one inch in a year and no weight. We’re concerned. Incredibly concerned. We — parents, teachers, relatives, physicians, and Edgar himself — are doing everything...
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posted: Thursday September 5th - 11:24am
ADHD Is Not an Excuse — Ever
Taking medication helps my eight-year-old’s symptoms, but we still have a lot of work to do setting his misbehaviors straight.
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.
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.
posted: Wednesday June 5th - 11:02am
Why My ADHD Son Loves Life Now
ADHD meds have helped put Edgar in charge and given him his special voice.
posted: Wednesday May 1st - 10:58am
Expletive Not Deleted: My Son’s Blooper in Dance Class
Is it ADHD or just childhood that makes Edgar say what he says?
posted: Friday April 12th - 11:39am« Different Drummer
Home Alone…with ADHD
My seven-year-old son has attention deficit. I don’t. Can I give him the support he needs to be happy when I don't share his perspective?
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