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posted: Friday July 17th - 9:30am

“His Mom Is to Blame for Her Son’s Misbehaviors”

When people talk about “that kid” acting up in public, they point a finger at me as the reason why.

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I approach with trepidation. I know what the answer will be, what general form it will take. “How was he?” I ask the director of my five-year-old son’s theater camp. “He’s a handful,” he says. “And he’s fast and good at disappearing. Turn your back and you’ll find him playing in the Aladdin props.” He laughs. I laugh, because it’s the response people expect. They tell...
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posted: Tuesday July 7th - 11:00am

What My Son with ADHD Would Like Grown-Ups to Know

Let’s make more square holes for kids with ADHD to fit into.

Heather LeRoss, this month’s guest blogger, is mom to two boys and a step-mom to another son. She’s on a mission to help her son with ADHD find his way in this neurotypical world, while helping him keep his sense of humor and ensuring that her youngest doesn’t get lost in the shadow of ADHD. I was talking with my 12-year-old son the other day about...
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posted: Monday June 29th - 10:16am

I Hate Punishing My Son for Stuff He Can’t Help

If you have a better solution, please let me know.

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“Stop jumping on the couch.” I say this to Falcon, who is five years old. Most kids his age would be lining up for kindergarten by now. Falcon’s staying home for many reasons. This is one of them. He stops jumping on the couch. I take out my smartphone and start surfing the Web. Five minutes later, out of the corner of my eye, I see...
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posted: Tuesday June 23rd - 9:00am

How Cleaner Eating Helped My Son with ADHD

Eat, drink, and love the effects that organic foods may have on your child—at least for a while.

Kristen Mae, this month’s guest blogger, is a devoted wife and mother, ADHD momma-warrior, violist, health nut, and the creator of Abandoning Pretense. Kristen is a regular contributor at Nickmom.com and Bluntmoms.com. In addition to her blog, Kristen shares hilarious and heart-warming tidbits of her life on her Facebook page, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest. I remember two years ago when the doctor told me Lucas had more...
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posted: Friday June 5th - 11:38am

Road Trip: ADHD Style

Packing, driving, snacking, peeing, unpacking, collapsing—what a joy to go on vacation when ADHD comes along for the ride.

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First, you have to pack. You have to organize, stay on task, pack one thing—and only one thing—at a time. You have to do this over and over, in room after room, and say a silent prayer that you haven’t forgotten anything. Then you need to check your bags—and recheck your bags. On our last trip, I forgot razors, toothbrushes, life jackets, and pajamas for my...
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posted: Thursday May 21st - 9:15am

My New Normal: The Kids (and the Rest of Us) Are Alright

One mom learns to accept the fact that she can’t make everything turn out right in her family’s life.

Robin Finn, MA, MPH, is an author, essayist, and advocate for ADHD and twice-exceptional kids. She has master’s degrees in public health from Columbia University and spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica, but her greatest lessons come from raising three spirited children. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and can be found online at robinfinn.com/. “It’s your spine,” the reflexologist says, pointing to...
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posted: Monday May 11th - 2:37pm

Not Neurotypical: A Survival Kit for ADHD Moms

It may not be pretty, but we have our own way of getting through a day.

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Elizabeth Broadbent, this month’s guest blogger, is a mama to three sons aged four and under. She dropped out of academia to procreate and to spend too much time tie-dyeing. A certified educator with Babywearing International, she still misses teaching freshman English. Elizabeth blogs at manicpixiedreammama.com. Find her on Facebook at manic pixie dream mama or Twitter@manicpixiemama. Every ADHD parent learns to compensate. Faced with disorganization, difficulty...
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posted: Friday May 8th - 11:56am

Calling ADHD Dads: How to Have a Calm, Loving Relationship with Your ADHD Child

You can learn to give your child the love, encouragement, and approval he or she longs for.

Terry M. Dickson, M.D., ACG, CPCC, this month’s guest blogger, is the founder and director of The Behavioral Medicine Clinic of NW Michigan (youradhdfamily.com), which has served and supported children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD for the past 15 years. His passion is working with families affected by ADHD and the condition’s impact on family relationships. Being a father is a huge responsibility and often needs...
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posted: Friday May 1st - 11:55am

Forgetfully Yours

Most of the time, my forgetfulness is innocuous. Other times, it downright scares me.

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It took me three trips back into the house to leave the driveway. That doesn’t count the original trip out with the kids. Three times, I got in the driver’s seat only to remember I’d forgotten something: a drink, snacks, a cellphone, medication. There’s the old joke: You’d forget your head if it wasn’t attached. I need a duct-tape necklace. ADHD manifests itself in different ways...
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posted: Monday April 27th - 12:57pm

10 Things People Need to Stop Saying About Kids with ADHD

We have a long way to go for people to understand what ADHD is and isn’t.

Kristen Mae, this month’s guest blogger, is a devoted wife and mother, ADHD momma-warrior, violist, health nut, and the creator of Abandoning Pretense. Kristen is a regular contributor at Nickmom.com and Bluntmoms.com. In addition to her blog, Kristen shares hilarious and heart-warming tidbits of her life on her Facebook page, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest. We knew from the time Lucas was a toddler that he was different...
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