Boy Without Instructions http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32 Boy Without Instructions en-us Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:17:43 GMT Chin Up, Moms! Things Can Really Change for the Better! http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/12150.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/12150.html <p> I never thought that some of my son’s sleepover struggles would just —poof—disappear. But they did. </p> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:17:43 GMT How to Be Heard Loud and Clear at School Meetings http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/12120.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/12120.html <p> Two documents will absolutely tip the scales in your child’s favor in IEP and 504 Plan get-togethers. </p> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:16:54 GMT The World Doesn’t Get My Son’s Sensory Issues—But His Momma Does http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11951.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11951.html <p> Ricochet’s special needs with sound and crowds have him running in the opposite direction. </p> Tue, 31 May 2016 16:25:38 GMT Two IEP Fixes That Will Turn Your Child’s Life Around http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11821.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11821.html <p> How to make sure teachers really get your child during a special ed meeting. </p> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 19:50:49 GMT The Single Most Helpful Strategy in Raising Your ADHD Child http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11706.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11706.html <p> Your child’s feelings matter a whole lot. Don’t diss him for having them. Embrace them with compassion and understanding. </p> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 14:32:30 GMT Discipline Do’s http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11607.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11607.html <p> When my son started hitting classmates, I spared the rod and did some behavior modification. It’ll work for you, too, if you give it time. </p> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 15:45:37 GMT A Sweet Victory for Mom http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11566.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11566.html <p> Seven years of fighting for my son in school finally paid off. </p> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 20:57:11 GMT What’s Up, Doc? When Doctors Think They Know More Than Mommas http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11446.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11446.html <p> If your child’s provider totally ignores your insights about your child, fire him. </p> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:35:38 GMT Christmas in June: Finding a New School for My Son http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11399.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11399.html <p> The teachers and administrators never got my son and his challenges, and they refused to understand. So see ya! </p> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 19:25:49 GMT Groundhog Day 2: The ADHD Version http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11297.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11297.html <p> How to reclaim the joy of parenting an ADHD child when despair nudges it aside—again. </p> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:25:56 GMT The Truth Will Set Parents Free http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11256.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11256.html <p> Our expectations need to be guided by our child’s development, not his calendar age. </p> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:25:52 GMT Remaining Calm in the Face of Chaos http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11255.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11255.html <p> The stress of parenting a child with ADHD is heavy enough without the added discord of constant yelling. </p> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:02:00 GMT Mother of All Meltdowns: “My Son Tried to Hurt Himself” http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11163.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11163.html <p> Sometimes a mom of a special needs child can offer only a safe haven and wait out her child’s emotional storms. </p> Mon, 09 Mar 2015 16:29:29 GMT “OMG, I Just Found Out My Son Has ADHD” http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11164.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11164.html <p> An ADHD diagnosis can make a parent sad, angry, and demoralized. Go with those feelings. </p> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 21:02:09 GMT My Son Gets the Brush-Off from His Peers http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11150.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11150.html <p> It breaks my heart when Ricochet is shunned by would-be friends. Even worse, he doesn’t see rejection coming. </p> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:31:26 GMT “I Need Your Help, Mom” http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11112.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11112.html <p> I’ve been waiting six years to hear these words from my ADHD son, and I couldn’t be happier. </p> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:36:42 GMT Wake Up and Smell the Calmness http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11098.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11098.html <p> I created a game with rewards for my ADHD son, and guess what? We no longer go crazy in the morning. </p> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:38:58 GMT Stop Telling Your Child to Act His Age http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11048.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11048.html <p> Boost your child’s self-esteem by measuring your child’s behaviors by his “ADHD age,” not by his real age. </p> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:35:08 GMT The Boy Who Cried Wolf: My ADHD Son's Lying http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11022.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/11022.html <p> We didn’t believe our son’s tall tales, but we didn’t let his “creative embellishments” stop us from having his back. </p> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:48:12 GMT My Bright Son Is Ready to Shine http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/10985.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/10985.html <p> It was all high-fives, fist bumps, and tears of maternal joy when Ricochet finally said out loud that “I am smart.” </p> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:21:21 GMT ADHD at School: The Honeymoon Is Over http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/10961.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/10961.html <p> My hope that this school year would be different for my son ended on Day 4. </p> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:19:58 GMT Strength (and Support) in Numbers http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/10903.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/10903.html <p> Building a parent support network is as important as knowing all about ADHD. </p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:57:38 GMT What Kind of Momma Wishes for Disabilities? http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/10850.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/10850.html Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:45:10 GMT "I Want Friends, But They Don’t Want Me" http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/10805.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/10805.html <p> My son might as well have a &#34;kick me&#34; sign on his back when it comes to his peers. </p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:24:42 GMT Time for Mama, Time for You http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/10789.html http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/32/10789.html <p> Kick back, put up your feet, and recharge your battery with special-ed moms at the Happy Mama Conference and Retreat — and enter to win a free registration! </p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:46:33 GMT