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posted: Friday January 16th - 3:37pm

ADHD Makes Me (and You) a Cool Mom

I obsess like crazy, don’t mind messes, and eat Chick-fil-A in the car, just like my ADHD kids. Here’s to us ADHD mamas.

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Sometimes ADHD means lost keys, forgotten bills, and missed appointments. But ADHD works great for other things. Take binge-watching television: We can destroy a Netflix queue faster than you can say House of Cards. And while ADHD might make some parts of parenting difficult, like remembering doctor’s appointments and mealtimes (kidding, don’t call social services), ADHD helps make me the cool mom. While ADHD might lead...
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posted: Tuesday January 13th - 9:00am

Marital Malpractice? “I Didn’t Believe My Husband When He Told He Had ADHD”

I was training as a psychologist at the time, and I still missed all of the ADHD signs and symptoms.

Guest blogger Dr. Samantha Rodman is a clinical psychologist and married mom of three. She writes at Dr. Psych Mom, and her works has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, PsychCentral, and more. Her book, How to Talk to Your Kids About Your Divorce, will be published by Adams Media in 2015. When we dated, my husband told...
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posted: Friday January 9th - 9:00am

Dysgraphia—I Created an App for That

It’s called SnapType, and it helps kids keep up with their peers in class when their penmanship holds them back.

Steven is a fifth-grader who I met during my occupational therapy fieldwork several months ago. He was diagnosed with dysgraphia. His handwriting is so messy that no one can read it. His occupational therapist tried many things to help him improve his penmanship, but nothing worked. The determined OT even scanned his worksheets into a computer so he could type in answers to questions, but it...
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posted: Thursday January 8th - 9:00am

A New App Makes School Mornings Less Crazy

One family almost went nuts trying to get through morning and evening routines with their ADHD son. They finally turned to technology to keep their sanity.

Guest blogger Pierre Séguin is a Toronto-based geek dad and entrepreneur. His 10-year-old son, Leo, who has ADHD, consistently keeps him on his toes with his formidable debating skills and difficult Star Wars questions. A few years ago, we were on the verge of going nuts. Leo, our wonderfully bright, witty, and headstrong six-year-old son, wasn’t coping well with mornings. Getting ready for school and out the door...
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posted: Tuesday January 6th - 1:48pm

Play Date Nightmares: ADHD Edition

If my kids get home with shoes, skin, and dignity intact, we’re ADHD champions.

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It’s hard to be an ADHD mama. Just getting kids out the door can be daunting: finding shoes, brushing teeth, remembering gummy vitamins and sunglasses and keys and money and snacks. It can be more daunting if your destination is a play date, especially if that play date involves neurotypical mamas. I’ll rip off the Fresh Prince here: Neurotypical parents just don’t understand parents with ADHD...
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posted: Tuesday December 30th - 12:05pm

There's No New Normal in Our House — Just the Old Chaotic One

Embarrassed to invite your son's friend over for a play date? Fuhgeddaboudit. Here's why you should.

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"Oh, I can't have you over," other moms say. "My house is a mess." As soon as I arrive for a play date, before hello, they say: "Don't judge me, the house is a wreck. No, seriously, it's destroyed. Please don't look. I'm so embarrassed." Lies. Lies, lies, lies. Because when I go into that house, the house of the mom who is so apologetic about the condition of...
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posted: Sunday December 21st - 7:04am

Will ADHD Meds Squelch My Creativity?

No, actually. Since I’ve been taking meds, I can write songs ~and~ pay the bills on time, too.

Dotty Young, this month's guest blogger, writes songs, stories, and skits, teaches gluten-free cooking classes, and battles her tendency to stay glued to Facebook. As a writer and musician, who also teaches about ADHD, I get asked all the time, “Doesn’t ADHD medication take away your creativity?” No, it doesn’t. It restructures your creative life in unfamiliar ways. Artists with ADHD are used to a certain type of...
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posted: Thursday December 18th - 10:33am

Send Scrooge Packing: How ADHD Mamas Can Love Christmas

Out with the old before the new stuff descends on your house and your brain.

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A crabby old Scrooge lives deep in the heart of every mama. No, it’s not the Feliz Navidad earworms, or Toys r Us traffic jams, or pine needles clogging the vacuum. Moms hate Christmas for the same reason children love it: the presents. Because every present under the tree means one more present she has to step on, pick up, store, and nag about. More stuff...
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posted: Friday December 5th - 2:42pm

What I’ve Learned as an ADHD Mama

Scenes from my wonderful, crazy life with an ADHD husband and son — plus my own inattentive attention deficit.

I have ADHD, the inattentive kind. That means I didn’t spend elementary school leaping over desks and yelling out answers. Instead, I sat dreamily in the corner, concocting elaborate stories with my unicorn erasers and making what everyone called “careless mistakes” in pretty much everything. “You’re so smart, but you have no common sense,” everyone said. My husband Bear also has ADHD. He spent school acing classes he...
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posted: Friday November 7th - 6:26am

Unbroken: The Pieces of Me

"We were born this way, not chipped away from some other, more complete human." A reader's perspective on picking up and moving on, even when life leaves you feeling inferior.

Some days I crumple on to the floor like a puppet with its strings cut, or a doll that has been thrown into the corner, my limbs askew and my eyes closed. I get so tired from being me that I try to discard of myself, just for the moment. There has to be peace outside of my body, a calm that everyone else has laid...
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