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Archives: May 2009

posted: Friday May 22nd - 12:04pm

Speaking of Anxiety...

A child therapist who specializes in anxiety and bipolar disorder recently interviewed me about blogging, parenting an ADHD child, and the way I see conditions overlap in my daughter.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
Given ADDitude's recent focus on anxiety and ADHD, it felt serendipitous when Kristen McClure, a therapist specializing in treating anxiety and bipolar disorder in children, asked me for an interview. I was honored to accept. Here's the result: ADHD and Parenting: An Interview with Kay Marner. While exploring Kristen's site, I found helpful information about anxiety that fits my Natalie, who struggles with anxiety along with...
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posted: Thursday May 21st - 10:44am

In the Key of ADHD

Music and rhythmic activity appeal to my ADHD child, and also seem to facilitate learning.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
I don't know about you, but I expend a lot of energy trying to get Natalie, my daughter with ADHD, to focus on her homework. As a second grader, Natalie's homework is limited, thank goodness, to practicing spelling words for a weekly spelling test, and reading aloud (Natalie reading to me, and me reading to Natalie) nightly. I gravitate to the reading part. Don does better...
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posted: Wednesday May 20th - 1:49pm

Reacting to ADHD Rage

I've never wanted to hurt my child. But I understand how easy it would be to let that last thread of self-control snap.

Every now and then I congratulate myself for not hurting Natalie, my child with ADHD. What am I saying? Shouldn't it be a given that I won't hurt my child? Don't call the social workers on me, but, no, it really isn't a given. I have never hurt her, I swear. But I've wanted to. That's not right either. No, I've never wanted to hurt her. But I...
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posted: Thursday May 14th - 4:59pm

Happy Blog-iversary!

One year ago, I introduced myself and my loveable, exhausting, ADHD daughter, Natalie, to the cyber-world.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
May 30th will mark my first blog-iversary! An entire year has sped past since I started blogging for ADDitudeMag.com about life in the parenting fast-lane—parenting a child with ADHD. I introduced myself and my loveable, exhausting daughter, Natalie, to the whole cyber-world, then shared our pothole-addled ride through a year in our lives: Natalie's as a second grader, and mine as her chronically overwhelmed mom. Some...
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posted: Tuesday May 12th - 3:30pm

SPD and ADHD

Why should we care about SPD? My daughter, Natalie, has both ADHD and SPD. Many kids with ADHD do, too.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
Jennifer Choi’s blog, Can Mom Be Calm?, is one I visit often. Jenn recently interviewed Dr. Lucy Miller, an expert on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Jenn talked to Dr. Miller about how to find an occupational therapist with expertise in treating sensory integration issues to work with our children. ADDitude is all about ADHD, right? Why should we care about SPD? My daughter, Natalie, has...
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posted: Monday May 11th - 2:23pm

No Cracks, No Breaks!

My risk-taking girl seems to be immune to injury.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
Despite Natalie’s ADHD-fueled tendency toward risky outdoor play, she’s never needed stitches. She’s never broken a bone. We’ve only been to the doctor for x-rays once. “No cracks, no breaks!” became a family refrain--a strange way of celebrating any near miss--for months after that particular experience. She’s pushing her luck this spring, however. Jumping out of swings has become her new favorite pastime. And doing...
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posted: Friday May 8th - 9:28am

Picture Perfect

Check out Natalie--and her messy room--in the new issue of ADDitude.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
Have you read the summer issue of ADDitude magazine yet? I received my copy in the mail a couple of days ago. Natalie is in it! Take a peek at her messy room on page 26. And look at that face! Yes, “easy to love, but hard to raise” sums her up pretty darn well. Natalie’s good friend, the infamous Harry, made this issue as...
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