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Archives: August 2008

posted: Thursday August 28th - 12:42pm

The Burn of ADHD Impulsiveness

We do the best we can to protect our ADHD children, but sometimes they endanger themselves right in front of our eyes and we can't react fast enough.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
That damn ADHD impulsiveness led Nat to burn her hand last night, and her tears nearly broke my heart. Every night after her bath, without fail, Nat climbs out of the tub and onto the bathroom counter, where she exams, picks, and squeezes various scabs until they bleed. Last night, she reached up and touched a hot light fixture, leaving a dime-sized oozy burn on...
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posted: Wednesday August 27th - 12:09pm

School Picture Day

Getting ready for school picture day added some stress to our already ADHD-troubled night time routine.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
Today is school picture day at Natalie’s school. When I dropped Nat off this morning the hallways were filled with little girls in fancy dresses, their hair in barrettes or pretty ponytails. And then, there was Nat. Getting ready for school pictures added some stress to our already ADHD-troubled bedtime routine. As the expert recommend, I set about laying out the clothes Nat would wear the...
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posted: Tuesday August 26th - 11:30am

You’re The Parent of an ADHD Child When . . .

Sharing ADHD stories with friends is a great outlet for venting my parenting frustrations.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
My friend Joani emailed me a link to a funny back-to-school post on the Special Education Law blog: “You know you’ve been the parent of a child with special needs too long when…” by Lori Miller Fox. I certainly could relate to it! Thanks for the laughs, Lori! My experience with the Exorcist led me to be especially fond of this quip: “You...
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posted: Monday August 25th - 9:14am

That Little ADHD Rascal

Sometimes my ADHD daughter likes to turn up the drama just for my benefit--she almost got away with it.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
In my last parenting ADHD children blog post I wrote about how, due to her ADHD, Natalie has problems with change. I predicated that even though she was excited about school, and thought she’d love her new teacher, she’d flip out when she got home after her first day. Unfortunately, I was right. When I picked Natalie up from daycare Thursday afternoon, after...
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posted: Friday August 22nd - 12:56pm

Back to School Jitters

I have mixed feelings about the start of school. I welcome the peace and quiet, but dread my ADHD daughter's adjustment period.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
I can’t decide how to start this post: Option #1: School started this morning. Thank God! I’m home, alone, for the first time in 3 months. I love my kids, but I can’t function without a little time at home to regroup. Option #2: School started this morning. Oh my God! Another transition! It’ll take Natalie a good month to adjust. That means that...
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posted: Tuesday August 19th - 4:16pm

On the ADHD Brink

Endless ADHD generated chaos doesn’t do it for me. I'm teetering dangerously close to the brink of losing it and I need a weekend alone to get it together.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
I’ve been feeling more overwhelmed than usual for the last few weeks. It’s been a solid week since I’ve posted to my Parenting ADHD Kids blog, and that’s just one of the many things I’ve neglected. My hair is three weeks past needing to be cut, and let’s not even talk about gray roots. I think I’m running my car out of oil again...
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posted: Wednesday August 13th - 9:37am

Fun With ADHD Transition Time

Expecting a hungry kid with ADHD to transition from daycare to car ride, right before medicine time, is just plain stupid.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
In earlier posts I wrote that big ‘ol bites marked, literally, two out of the three over-stimulating outings we’ve attempted as a family so far this summer. Now I’ll tell you about the third. We picked Natalie up from daycare on a Friday evening, and headed straight to Indianola to meet our dinner club friends at the Hot Air Balloon Classic. What’s...
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posted: Monday August 11th - 1:29pm

Operation Mean Man Patrol

Not everyone understands my sweet, charming, perfectly acceptable though not-quite-typical ADHD kid.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
Once again, I’m writing from Lake Okoboji. This time, we’re on our family vacation—Don, Aaron, Natalie and I. We’re staying at Bridges Bay, a new family resort. It has an indoor water park and an outdoor pool. Great entertainment for busy kids. Unfortunately, Nat had a bad experience last night—our first night here. I wasn’t right there when it happened, but from her description...
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posted: Friday August 8th - 8:23am

My ADHD Support Network Grows

This morning, I met another ADDitude subscriber and mom to an ADHD kid - one of Ames' very best teachers! Turns out she's one of us.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
My fall issue of ADDitude arrived in yesterday’s mail. I had no idea that, as I paged through it last night, another mom, just a few blocks away, was doing the same. When I dropped Natalie off at summer school this morning (2 days and counting!), I ran into one of Ames’ not just acceptable, but really good teachers that I mentioned in a previous post...
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posted: Wednesday August 6th - 10:43am

This Bites! Painful ADHD Overstimulation

Summer-event crowds, noise, smells, and heat are a killer combination for Natalie, who has major problems with sensory issues.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
“Can we go to the State Fair?” Aaron asked. “Please?” The State Fair is a big deal in Iowa, and one of the many ways I’ve deprived my 11-year-old son of a full life (others include not buying him a Wii or a cell phone) is by not taking him to it, at least not since he’s been old enough to remember. The state fair means heat...
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posted: Tuesday August 5th - 1:27pm

Scouting for ADHD Milestones

Natalie, we thought, was maturing to the point that we could leave her unsupervised in the house for a few minutes. We thought wrong.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
Natalie spent the night with a friend on Saturday. She left around 5:00 Saturday evening. Don, Aaron, and I spent a peaceful evening grilling out for dinner, then enjoying a fire in our outdoor fireplace late into the night. We slept late on Sunday morning. I was on the back patio enjoying my coffee Sunday morning when Don left to pick up Nat. A few minutes...
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posted: Monday August 4th - 8:58am

Super Natalie vs. the Bendy Glasses

One week down... and Natalie's new memory-metal glasses are neither broken nor lost. It's a miracle!

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
Natalie got new glasses last Wednesday. They’re fire-engine red, with memory metal frames, and sun glasses that are like clip-ons, but magnetic. They’re pretty cool. And Nat loves them. I thought memory metal sounded too good to be true. Sure, they’ll bend, I thought, but will they BEND? Will they stand up to the ADHD fidget-finger challenge? So far, so good! Nat’s new frames have survived 7...
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