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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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posted: Friday February 27th - 9:00am

Why It’s Not OK to Label Our Children

There’s no mean child, no sweet child. They’re all a little imperfect, and we should love every bit of them.

Julie Hill Barton, this month’s guest blogger, is a writer living in northern California. Julie’s memoir will be released in November by Think Piece Publishing. This essay first appeared in Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers here. When my first daughter was born, I fell madly in love with her. I remember crying in my hospital bed, my dad whispering, “You OK?” “Yes,” I said, wiping my...
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posted: Thursday February 26th - 9:00am

Everything in Its "Place"

If you have ADHD, especially if your kids do too, you need "Places."

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Each room needs a "Place," or perhaps multiple "Places." Each Place needs certain things, and unless everything is going to devolve into chaos and crying, you need to actually use these Places. These are hard truths. But they will up your sanity quotient immensely – especially for all of the “order-muppet” ADHDers – when you get the hang of them. A Place is a specific small...
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posted: Wednesday February 25th - 9:00am

Got Autism? The Therapy Every Parent Should Know About

After son Jimmy started head banging when he was upset or stressed, this mom turned to applied behavioral analysis (ABA) to stop it.

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Sarah Pounder, this month’s guest blogger, lives in Manchester, United Kingdom, and is the author of the e-book Jimmy, Me & Autism. Sarah hopes to raise awareness about autism and the challenges special needs parents face. Dale and I are parents of three little boys: Jimmy, who is 11, Adam, 9, and Joel, 4. Jimmy is severely autistic and has ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and learning...
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posted: Tuesday February 17th - 11:56am

Movie Therapy: How Frozen Gave My Daughter Hope

One teen found the strength and inspiration to cope with her newly diagnosed Tourette Syndrome.

Guest blogger Cathrin Hagey is a fiction writer, blogger, creator and publisher of educational curriculum, and a columnist and assistant editor at Luna Station Quarterly, a magazine for emerging women authors of speculative fiction. She holds degrees in mathematics and education and has schooled her children at home for more than 15 years. Visit Cathrin at The Giant Pie. Disney’s Frozen was a highly anticipated movie...
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posted: Friday February 13th - 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: Wednesday February 11th - 9:00am

The View: What It’s Like to Be Married to an ADHD Husband

How a mom and wife survived (barely) three decades with a spouse with undiagnosed ADHD.

This month’s guest blogger is Jane Doe, who has chosen to be anonymous. My ADHD husband of 31 years is a wilderness first responder. He can climb mountains and hunt like nobody's business. If I need a tourniquet, he's the man. If we're in a shootout, he's my guy. However, these skills offer little solace when, with a master’s degree in accounting and being a former employee of...
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