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posted: Saturday April 30th - 9:30am

Our Life Is Not a Punch Line

You’ve seen the ADHD memes and found yourself the only one not laughing. I still struggle to react appropriately when ADHD jokes rear their ugly heads. How do you respond?

Both of my kids have ADHD — not to mention apraxia, sensory processing issues, and other various challenges. Through helping them, I have also discovered my own mild case of ADHD. We are a complex, hard-working family. As you might imagine, I don’t find it charming or funny when a neurotypical person, during a brief bout of forgetfulness or distractibility, says, "I'm so ADD right now" or...
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posted: Friday April 29th - 9:30am

Calmer, Gentler: Four Tips for a Happier ADHD Household from a Happy Mom

How to tackle ADHD behaviors without all the screaming, threats, and guilt.

Ril Giles, founder of superaddmom.com, is a developmental disability support worker and a daily living-ability growth coach. She has ADHD and dyslexia and is a mom of two kids with ADHD. If your ADHD kids are anything like mine, they never remember to do the things they’re supposed to do, even with chore charts and endless reminders. I end up being overworked and stressed. I can't...
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posted: Wednesday April 27th - 9:30am

A Day in the Life of a Mom with ADD

Take a whirlwind tour through my mind and life as I try to meet my family’s needs while staying sane and happy.

Jessica Jurkovic, today's guest blogger, started a website called HackRack.org, two weeks ago, to offer tips and tricks to help people simplify their lives. She is a wife, a mom of four, a critical care nurse, and a returning student (pursuing a master’s in nursing). She was diagnosed with ADHD as a teenager, so she has spent the better part of her life working on ways...
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posted: Friday April 22nd - 9:30am

A Letter to My Child Without ADHD

Thank you for being my sunshine and for showing your sister how much you love her.

Cristina Margolis
Cristina Margolis has been blogging at My Little Villagers (mylittlevillagers.com) since her young daughter was diagnosed with ADHD. Cristina wants to help document her daughter’s life with ADHD and spread ADHD awareness in children. Her work has been featured on The Mighty and Scary Mommy and her blog was voted “Best of the ADHD Blogs” by CHADD. In addition to her blog, you can connect with...
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posted: Thursday April 21st - 9:30am

How to Float — and Other Impossibly Hard Lessons for Parents

My instincts told me to rescue my son when homework and bad grades threatened to sink him, but he was not afraid. He was not looking for my help. Here’s how he learned to keep his head above water, all on his own, and I learned to just float.

Angela Doll Carlson is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist whose work has appeared in Apeiron Review, Burnside Writer's Collective, Elephant Journal, and Art House America, among other publications and her blogs at NearlyOrthodox.com and MrsMetaphor.com. Her memoir, Nearly Orthodox: On Being a Modern Woman in an Ancient Tradition from Ancient Faith Publishers is now available. Her next book, Garden in the East is expected in...
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posted: Monday April 18th - 9:30am

The Secret Heartache of a Girl with ADHD

For too long, my daughter was a member of the lost generation of girls — those adolescent women with undiagnosed inattentive ADHD who break our hearts asking, “What’s wrong with me?” Now we know: Nothing. Jess is thriving now, but her journey to diagnosis is not something I’d wish on anyone.

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There was something about the tone of her voice that got to me. Something about the helplessness of her words, the disappointment echoing in the sound after each sentence that made me shiver. “Why do I feel so lost? I don’t even fit in my own family!” Gut wrenching, isn’t it? She was buckled up in the backseat of my Toyota, still too little to sit up front...
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posted: Saturday April 16th - 10:00am

The Healing Power of Empathy

All of the research and reading in the world could never match the unspoken, deeply felt understanding that my husband has of our daughter and her ADHD-connected behaviors. Just imagine if every child could feel so accepted and understood.

I don’t have ADHD, but I am the keeper of ADHD knowledge in my family. My husband is too focused on actually living and coping with ADHD to study any of the heftiest, most insightful books about the condition. So I act as resident “expert,” explaining to him the neurological reasons behind his behavior. As I type that out, I realize how annoying I sound! But I swear...
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posted: Friday April 15th - 9:30am

A Love Song for ADHD Parents

Inspiring lyrics from one pop tune taught a mom to be her daughter’s guardian angel for the rest of her life.

Cristina Margolis
Cristina Margolis has been blogging at My Little Villagers (mylittlevillagers.com) since her young daughter was diagnosed with ADHD. Cristina wants to help document her daughter’s life with ADHD and spread ADHD awareness in children. Her work has been featured on The Mighty and Scary Mommy and her blog was voted “Best of the ADHD Blogs” by CHADD. In addition to her blog, you can connect with...
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posted: Thursday April 14th - 9:30am

The Day My Emotional Trash Can Overflowed

I packed down my feelings until I could smush no more. Then, in one particularly emotional coaching session, my psychological trash can overflowed — big time. Here’s how I’ve learned to dump the garbage thoughts more regularly.

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Sometimes we’re busy. Sometimes we’re lazy. Or just distracted. Whatever the excuse, the psychological trash cans that house all of our most negative thoughts, hurt feelings, and regrets begin to burst at the seems. The lids pop off, exposing some nasty stuff we’d rather not deal with. Most days, it’s just easier to pack down more negativity than it is to visit the dump. We ask ourselves, “Why...
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posted: Wednesday April 13th - 9:30am

How Public School Failed My Son

We rely on teachers to notice and alert us to red flags at school, but my son’s school refused to see or acknowledge his ADHD and learning disability. It was no match for this mother’s instincts.

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Maureen Lake, today's guest blogger, is a writer, wife, mother of three children and two dogs. As a special educator and mom to children with ADHD/LD, she has a unique perspective on the challenges facing families today. Through knowledge, playfulness, and support, she provides insight and guidance from our crazy but lovely lives. She blogs at A Pocket Full Of Shift and will soon launch her...
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