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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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posted: Friday April 24th - 9:15am

“My Son Prays That God Takes Away His ADHD”

I pray that others stop judging him and understand exactly what he goes through every day.

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. You’ve seen him—in restaurants, he’s the loud one who rudely disrupts the other...
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posted: Monday April 20th - 5:54pm

I Admit It: I Like My Child Better When He Is Drugged

Is the drugged Lucas the real Lucas? Did I medicate him to make him more like me? Did I drug him into conformity? Have I done this to him to make my life easier? Who am I really helping here?

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 resisted medicating Lucas for his ADHD for three years. Like many parents...
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posted: Wednesday April 15th - 9:00am

Get Out There: The Great Outdoors Guide to Happier Kids with ADHD

There are mosquitoes, mud, and sticks to beat siblings with, but mucking around in Mother Nature is great fun and tones down my kids’ ADHD symptoms to boot.

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My five-year-old needs two hours of outdoor time a day. It controls his meltdowns, helps his attention, and keeps him more focused. It also keeps me focused and attentive, better able to cope with the daily grind of actual adulthood—things like paying bills and remembering to do the laundry. I need all the help I can get in that department. Science has shown that vigorous exercise...
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posted: Tuesday March 24th - 9:00am

Forbidden Foods: I’ve Become a Food Cop for My ADHD Son

No gluten, no dairy, no food dyes—welcome to my family’s new (boring) diet for food-sensitive children.

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Every insufferable hippie has her life-altering diet. She’s paleo. He’s primal. She follows Weston A. Price, or he doesn’t eat white food, or she only scarfs organic, non-GMO food and spends all her time brewing kombucha. You know that person. She smells like patchouli and listens to a lot of Phish. I was one wacky diet away from being one of those insufferable hippies. Then we...
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posted: Friday March 13th - 2:39pm

A Label My Daughter Loves

My budding fashionista has become the creative girl, the girl with style (no longer the weird girl) among her peers at school. It’s a label she wears with pride.

Dorothy O’Donnell, this month’s guest blogger, is a freelance writer whose work has been featured in various newspapers and on greatschools.org, mothering.com, and NPR. She is working on a memoir about raising a young child diagnosed with pediatric bipolar disorder. This blog originally appeared in Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers here. By the time my daughter, Sadie, was in fifth grade, I’d stopped asking...
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