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posted: Wednesday November 26th - 12:49pm

Does Daytrana Help Your ADHD Kid?

Switching Natalie's ADHD meds was a frightening - though necessary - recent step. We're feeling our way through Focalin, but now I need some Mom feedback on the Daytrana Patch...

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
Several readers responded to my plea for information about Focalin and Focalin XR as my daughter Natalie transitioned to taking it. Now, let’s help Adrienne! Adrienne joined our discussion about meds to treat ADHD via a comment to my earlier post. She needs to hear from other parents about their children’s responses to the Daytrana patch. Her 6-year-old son just started treatment with the patch, and...
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posted: Friday November 21st - 12:13pm

The Great Focalin Experiment

Thanks to those of you who shared your children’s experiences with Focalin and Focalin XR.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
The Great Focalin Experiment continues. Thanks to those of you who shared your children’s experiences with Focalin and Focalin XR. It’s reassuring and enlightening to compare notes, especially considering how precious the guinea pigs are in these unavoidable experiments. Oh, our poor, dear rodents! Natalie has been taking Focalin XR for one week, and it’s definitely time to check in with her doctor. I touched base with...
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posted: Wednesday November 19th - 12:35pm

Focalin for ADHD

Does your ADHD child take Focalin? How does it stack up compared to other ADHD meds your child has tried?

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
Welcome to Day Four! Of Natalie’s new ADHD medication, that is. My consultation with Dr. Halbur resulted in a switch from the old reliable short-acting Ritalin to Focalin XR. Dr. Halbur described Focalin to this layperson as follows: It’s Ritalin with one molecule removed, and because of that slight difference, it’s less likely to cause irritability or to suppress appetite. Since we’re using the 12-hour extended...
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posted: Tuesday November 18th - 10:42am

ADHD and a Winter Prison

Winter in Iowa must feel like a prison to my ADHD daughter -- our house can't contain Natalie’s excessive energy.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
Natalie and I took a walk in the moonlight Saturday night. Well, I walked—hands in my coat pockets, shoulders hunched against the cold wind. She zoomed ahead of me on her scooter—dressed in her winter coat, hat, and mittens. Why were we out after dark on a cold, windy, wintry night? Because our house could no longer contain Natalie’s ADHD energy. We busted out...
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posted: Monday November 17th - 10:10am

Indecision and Inaction

I need some advice: When you feel overwhelmed do you completely shut down? How do you handle stress?

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
My whole identity has changed since I morphed into the mother of a child with ADHD. Just listen to how I describe myself—“Kay Marner is the chronically overwhelmed mother of two….” I’ve lived with ADHD-incited chaos for so long that it’s become part of my persona. I haven’t always been this way! All mothers perform a juggling act: we manage work, parenting, our children’s activities, being a...
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posted: Friday November 14th - 10:33am

My Non-ADHD Kid

My ADHD daughter sucks up 99% of our parenting time and energy, and my independent and responsible son is left with the dregs.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
Every Wednesday, Ames’ elementary schools dismiss early, at 2:05 pm, so the teachers have time for professional development. Instead of an early dismissal, the middle school has a late start on Wednesday mornings, for the same reason. On Wednesday morning, I drove Natalie to school, and then returned home to wake Aaron, and send him off to meet his bus on time. As I...
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posted: Thursday November 13th - 3:35pm

ADHD Medication Dilemma

I'm a firm believer in the need to treat biochemical brain diseases with medication, so why am I so afraid to add another medication now?

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
Later today I’m meeting with Natalie’s pediatrician to beg for more drugs. Did I really say that? Did I really even think that? Let me start over. Later today I’m meeting with Natalie’s pediatrician to talk about whether or not Nat’s Ritalin is doing all it can to treat her ADHD, and in doing so, to help her succeed in school. I’ll agonize yet again about adding a...
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posted: Monday November 10th - 11:15am

Spreading the ADHD Word

As a mother of an ADHD child, I've feel a sense of responsibility to spread the word about dealing with ADHD children.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
I was reading the minutes from a Project Smyles team meeting last week at work. Project Smyles is Ames Public Library’s early literacy outreach program serving kids from birth to age 6 in daycare and preschool settings. One of our storytime presenters reported having trouble with a child who disrupted her storytimes because he can’t sit still. Someone from the team suggested she try...
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posted: Wednesday November 5th - 3:45pm

Getting the Big ADHD Picture at School

Am I guilty of the very thing I suspected the school of — judging Natalie’s ability to function and succeed based strictly on her bad behavior?

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
Natalie and I met with her pediatrician, Dr. Halbur, last week, and I told Dr. Halbur that yes, the dosage of Ritalin Natalie takes to treat her ADHD is working just fine. That was last week. This week, it’s a different story. Don and I attended Natalie’s school conference last night, with Nat’s second grade teacher, Mrs. Morken, and her special ed teacher, Mrs. Carter...
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posted: Tuesday November 4th - 3:08pm

The ADHD Club

My daughter doesn't completely understand her ADHD diagnosis. But, thanks to her friends, she knows she's not alone.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
In a recent post I wrote that although Natalie clearly understands how Ritalin helps her, I wasn’t sure she connected taking Ritalin with those four letters she hears me throw around. You know the ones — A-D-H-D. She does now! Last night, Natalie and I attended a benefit for Children and Families of Iowa at Images by Ngaire, a local photography studio. Donate diapers,...
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posted: Monday November 3rd - 10:35am

Catering to an ADHD Appetite

ADHD medications can suppress appetite, but good nutrition is so important to treating attention deficit. So I let Natalie eat standing up, and top off her waffles with ice cream. What do you do to pack in the calories?

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
"I had ice cream for breakfast," Natalie announced to Dr. Halbur, our pediatrician. I about died! The little tattletale! "That’s okay with me," Dr. Halbur answered, showing no sign of shock or indignation. Huh? Natalie takes Ritalin to treat her ADHD, and Tuesday morning she had her twice-yearly med check appointment. Since ADHD meds can reduce a child’s appetite, Dr. Halbur pays particular attention...
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