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Jennifer Gay Summers, a teacher for 13 years and mom to a daughter with ADHD, is dedicated to helping other parents and teachers of ADHD children survive the rough moments and savor the wonderful ones.
posted: Tuesday October 14th - 2:04pm
Think Before You "Dys" a Kid with Attention Deficit
Why aren’t there nice neat labels for “creative artist” or “deeply intuitive child,” or my child’s other strengths, just as there are for her challenges?
“Mom!” I need another pencil!” Lee slumped down in her chair at the kitchen table, an angry red flush spreading across her cheeks. Then she flipped two broken pencils onto the floor and kicked them across the room. I brought over a sharp pencil and put my hand on her shoulder. “Don’t be so hard on yourself.” “But I hate writing essays.” “Of course you do. You have...
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posted: Friday September 19th - 2:44pm
Mom's Cool with Staying Calm
One mother has finally learned to back away from overreaction when her ADHD daughter sparks it.
After a long day at school, Lee usually yanks open the door and throws her backpack into the car. She jumps in after it and yells, “Let’s go! Hurry!” So, on a Monday afternoon, when she slid in quietly, backpack on her lap, I knew something was wrong. “Are you OK?” I asked, pulling away from the curb. She was silent for a minute. Then she said, “Don’t...
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posted: Tuesday June 10th - 4:36pm
When Dad Stepped Up
When my husband stepped up to help out with Lee's ADHD challenges, they grew even closer.
posted: Friday May 9th - 10:31am
How two moms’ acceptance of my ADHD daughter helped me stand up to the world that didn’t.
posted: Tuesday April 15th - 10:50am
My ADHD Daughter (and I) Start Big, Scary High School Together
Should I act like a protective Mother Bear or step back to let my Lee step up in high school?
posted: Tuesday February 4th - 12:57pm
Whoops! There It Is!
Helping my daughter curb her embarrassing, sometimes funny blurts is an ongoing challenge. She just can’t help it.
posted: Monday December 16th - 11:56am
I won’t miss another spontaneous (impulsive moment) with my daughter, so I decided to let her ADHD be my guide.
posted: Friday November 15th - 10:55am
A Tough Call — and a Good One
Seeing Lee’s unmedicated buddy bounce off walls led me to a peaceful moment.
posted: Thursday October 17th - 10:57am
Don’t Lose Faith in Your ADHD Child
There she goes again, my daughter acting impulsively. Boy was I wrong.
posted: Monday August 12th - 9:22am« Mom Is the Word
A Birthday Present Wrapped in Love
I am so thankful that our 14-year-old ADHD daughter came into our lives.
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