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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: Thursday April 16th - 9:46am
Back Off, World: My Son and I Are Doing Our Best
My son with ADHD and I are on a journey that is ours alone—no one else’s.
It was an expensive week at our house and required more math and more money than my English teacher brain and bank account were accustomed to finagling: Repairs to eyeglasses: $25 New couch cover: $80 Repair to wall: $120 Not one of these could be chalked up to an accident...or the inevitable wear and tear of life, bad luck, or even bad...
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posted: Thursday December 18th - 8:16am
Spread the Word: My Kid Can Read!
Edgar earned his moment in the sun, thanks to hard work and medication.
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.
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.
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« Different Drummer
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.
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