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When ADHD is in the family genes, you crash, burn, and laugh it up every day.
by Elizabeth Broadbent

posted: Tuesday November 1st - 2:30pm

Forget and Forgive?

The forgetting part of ADHD never goes away, but I am trying not to be so hard on myself.

"My ADHD Forgetfulness Never Goes Away"
Once, when I was a kid, I locked our front door with a skeleton key (it was an old house). We were supposed to hang the key on the nail next to the door, but I forgot. I set it on the couch without thinking, and went off to do whatever kids do at that age. My father went to unlock the door, saw the key...
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posted: Wednesday September 14th - 9:30am

How Homeschooling Saved My Smart, Curious Son

I didn’t want Blaise to lose his wonderful passions when he was shamed in public school for things he can’t control.

Why Homeschooling is Good for Kids with ADHD
I homeschool my sons. There are many reasons why. I don’t agree with the way the public school system emphasizes memorization over critical thought; I’m disturbed by the hard push for standardized testing. I believe students learn best in mixed-age groups, especially when it comes to social skills, and I think each child should have the chance to learn at his own pace, not at the...
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posted: Monday August 8th - 2:31pm

“I Turned My Son into a Lean, Mean Cleaning Machine”

I learned that the power of touch takes the anger out of my child when I ask him to do chores.

Getting Kids to Do Chores (ADHD and All!)
You ask your child to clean up. He resists you, as always: “But I don’t want to clean! I hate cleaning! I didn’t make the mess!” But you know he needs to clean, and he needs to clean now. Normally, you raise your voice. He raises his, and soon you’re frog-marching him to his bedroom for a time-out and nothing gets done unless you confiscate toys...
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posted: Tuesday July 5th - 11:31am

My Tantrum-Taming Recipe

Start with calmness and add generous amounts of sympathy and connection, and perhaps you can stop the screaming in its tracks.

How to Stop Tantrums in ADHD Kids
He is screaming again. I asked him to clean up the toys I’ve piled in the middle of the living room. He said, “No, I always clean, you always make me clean, and I don’t want to.” I told him again, calmly, to clean them up. He said he’s tired of cleaning. I said that whatever he didn’t clean up would be thrown away, because we...
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posted: Wednesday June 22nd - 9:30am

“I’m Sick of My ADHD! There, I Said It!”

Ever want to shout out “ADHD sucks”? I do sometimes, and I did last week. Now I feel better.

What It's Like to Have ADHD? Sometimes It Sucks
I’m tired of it. I know there are a lot of positive things about ADHD. I’m a creative thinker; I can multi-task. I can hyperfocus. I tend to get obsessed about things, which can be both a good thing (crocheting sweaters is a productive activity) and a bad thing (collecting hand-woven baby wraps is not). I have good qualities, and some of those good qualities are...
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posted: Tuesday May 17th - 3:59pm

Post Office-itis: Dealing with Government Authority Makes ADHDers Anxious, Sweaty, and Scared

Why does getting a passport, social security card, or mailing a box to a relative strike terror in my ADHD heart?

The Anxiety of Paperwork and the Post Office for an Adult with ADHD
“I’m a bad fake uncle,” D said. “I’m sorry I haven’t mailed Blaise’s present yet. It’s just that I get watching TV and I forget, or then I don’t have the money, or something like that.” “You have ADHD,” I said. “I know,” he said. “But…” “It’s hard for me to get to the post office. I have three kids to haul there. Then I have...
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posted: Thursday May 5th - 9:30am

The Hardest Part of ADHD for My Family and Me

Spin the wheel and pick a challenge. You never know exactly what it’s going to be that day.

The Hardest Challenges of Living with ADHD
“What’s the hardest part of being ADHD?” I ask my six-year-old. I’m driving and I can’t see him, but I know he’s wrinkling up his face in serious thought. “Remembering people’s names,” he says. “I don’t remember people’s names and that’s hard. I still don’t know the name of the African-American kid from Swim and Gym.” He does have massive trouble with names. We homeschool, so sitting still...
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posted: Wednesday April 20th - 9:30am

“I Was a Screw-Up, a Moral Failure! I Couldn’t Have ADHD!”

An ADHD diagnosis can rock your world. Accepting the diagnosis as an adult can turn your world upside down.

Learning to Accept My Adult ADHD Diagnosis
My best friend from college also has ADHD. I remember him in those days: scattered, scared, frightened to finish work. He turned in everything late. Dirty clothes covered his apartment; fast-food drinks tumbled from his car. He had trouble remembering what other people saw as basic obligations. A skilled politician, he needed a handler to win the presidency of the model-legislature group he dominated. It was...
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posted: Saturday April 2nd - 9:30am

Forget Meds! Shopping at Target Is the Best Therapy for ADHD Moms

I came in for toilet paper and a few other items and left with a tab of $243.80. I had the time of my life.

What a Quick Shopping Trip Becomes with Adult ADHD
You are a mom with ADHD. You’ve tried various treatments, possibly medication, behavioral therapy, and diet-based interventions. Some of them worked. Some of them didn’t. Regardless, you have accepted yourself as a person with ADHD, who will deal with symptoms for the rest of your life. You will battle your disease. Sometimes, you will win. Other times you will go to Target. Target should plaster...
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posted: Thursday March 31st - 11:40am

Help Wanted: We Can't Ignore the ADHD Girls in the Corner Any Longer

We need to find and tell ADHD girls that they aren’t lazy, screw-ups, or moral failures. Then they can start to heal—and thrive.

Every class had those boys—the ones who didn’t do their work and always climbed out of their seats. They never finished a worksheet, threw pencils, and talked too loud. They never raised their hand. Mostly, we didn’t like those boys, the ones who were always sent to the office, the ones always fighting. We didn’t have a name for those boys. Today, teachers and administrators call...
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