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posted: Friday October 14th - 9:52am

“No, I Am Not an Airhead. I Just Have ADHD!”

I didn’t think there was a reason for my behaviors, until my friend compared me to ever-forgetful Dory in the Disney movie.

Diane Stark is a wife, mother of five, former teacher, and freelance writer. Her essays have been printed in 30 Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her dream is to publish a romance novel and to catch up on the laundry. She can be reached at I’ve always thought of myself as an airhead. From an early age, I struggled with forgetfulness and disorganization. When my...
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posted: Thursday October 13th - 12:48pm

It’s Not an Excuse. Or a Label. Or a Weight to Carry. It’s Just Who You Are.

I don’t talk to my daughter enough about her ADHD — in part because I don’t want her to feel different or burdened, but also because it’s just really, really difficult to strike that perfect balance between explaining her brain chemistry, encouraging her to do her best, and reminding her that I’ll love her no matter what.

I hesitate to talk openly to my daughter about her ADHD. What if she feels like something’s wrong with her? What if blaming an acronym for her behavior makes her feel helpless? What if it lowers her self-esteem or makes her feel different in a bad way? All of these questions shroud, but don’t fully hide our elephant in the room. I know she knows something about...
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posted: Monday September 26th - 10:00am

Never Underestimate the Power of a Well-Timed Hug...

...and other parenting lessons I’ve learned the hard way. Save yourself the tears, screams, and slammed doors — consider trying these 8 strategiesfor parenting children with ADHD this week, and see what happens.

“Can I show you a magic trick?” my 8-year-old daughter asks while bouncing up and down, a huge smile on her face. “Sure..” I respond. “...if there’s time after you finish getting ready for school.” Suddenly angry, my daughter tenses her whole body. Her eyes squeeze shut with an alarming amount of strength, and a sound begins escaping her mouth that resembles a distant train rapidly approaching. I...
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posted: Monday September 12th - 2:34pm

5 Tips for Getting Focused When You Have ADHD

Anyone diagnosed with ADHD as a child (or as an adult, for that matter) will tell you this: ADHD interferes with life on a daily — if not hourly, minute-ly — basis. It happens at school, at work, at home, and in social settings. For many, it begins in childhood, but ADHD affects both children and adults. Early treatment is key to the effective management of emotions, relationships, tasks, and life.

Jennifer McGregor, today's guest blogger, is a pre-med student, who loves providing reliable health and medical resources for users. She knows how difficult it can be to sift through the mountains of health-related information on the web. She co-created the site with a friend as a way to push reputable information on health topics to the forefront, making them easier and quicker to find. How to...
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posted: Friday September 9th - 1:16pm

How I Bring Out My Kids’ Inner Student

I use a strengths-based approach in the classroom, and I look for ways to tell my students, “Man, I am so lucky to have you as a student!”

Kathryn deBros, M.S., is a freelance writer and special educator based in Vermont. She works with children and teens with challenging behaviors and has contributed to Noodle. She can be found on Twitter @KathryndeBros or at “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” — Albert...
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posted: Tuesday September 6th - 12:22pm

Advice from an ADHD Teen

Classmates can be a drag when you have ADHD, but I’ve learned how to deal with their words.

Selene Ashewood is a middle school student, black belt in karate, Girl Scout, violinist, and writer. Her funny, practical book about living with ADHD, “Why Can’t You Stop Talking?!,” is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers. You can reach her at You’re sitting in class, minding your own business. At least that’s what you think, but other students won’t stop staring at you...
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posted: Friday September 2nd - 9:30am

The Attention Deficit Trap

A dysfunctional wife, mother, and writer, who occasionally puts her keys in the refrigerator, is hijacked by her ADD.

Lauren Salkin, today’s guest blogger, lives in Connecticut with her husband, son, and two wily mutts. Her essays have appeared in various newspapers as well as on The Huffington Post, ByLine Magazine, Front Porch Syndicate,, and Lauren writes humor at her blog Think Spin. This piece originally appeared on The Huffington Post. I’m a 57-year-old misfit who rightfully earned the nickname “ditz” at...
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posted: Thursday September 1st - 9:30am

“When My Daughter Told Me She Was Being Bullied, I Didn’t Believe Her”

She did the right thing by coming to me, and I dismissed what she said. I will never, ever do that again.

Cristina Margolis
Cristina Margolis has been blogging at My Little Villagers ( 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: Wednesday August 31st - 9:30am

Operation Self-Advocacy

This summer, without the pressure of school and grades, my daughter is starting to slowly, surely take charge of her treatment plan. Because, though I can scarcely believe it, college is right around the corner.

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Some days are better than others — and there's no rhyme or reason as to why. My daughter Devin has ADHD with a dash of anxiety sprinkled on top, and that combination can be unpredictable. And don’t even get me started on hormones. But, still, college is just a few years away so we’re thinking more and more about how to achieve some stability and how...
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posted: Friday August 19th - 4:25pm

Getting My Son (and Myself) Ready for Kindergarten

I‘ve dreaded it for 6 years. And now it is happening. My baby is going to school. And I think he’s more ready that I’ll ever be for what comes next.

Liz Lewis, today's guest blogger, is an freelance writer, wife, mother, and the self-appointed CEO of her home. She understands what it is like to navigate life with ADHD as a wife, mother and working professional trying to make it through her day. Through understanding, encouragement and laughter, she provides a dose of healthy distraction from our crazy, disorganized, eccentric daily lives. She blogs...
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