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Archives: July 2009

posted: Tuesday July 28th - 5:00pm

ADHD-Proofing the House

Child-proofing tricks morph into permanent ADHD-proofing for families like ours.

The last time Natalie was away from home for a respite weekend, I realized just how many of my daily habits revolve around her attention deficit disorder. When you’re parenting young children, you accept the need to child-proof your home. Sometimes it’s inconvenient, but you know that it’s a temporary situation. You know that as your kids grows, you’ll be able to remove the safety gates...
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posted: Thursday July 23rd - 5:16pm

The Diet-Behavior Link

I’m nearly convinced that there might just be something to this omega 3’s thing when it comes to improving the symptoms of ADHD.

Natalie is doing remarkably well, ADHD-wise, this summer. I’m not sure what’s responsible for the improvement. She turned nine last month. Is she simply maturing? I quit working outside the home a few months ago. Is the stability of having Mom at home making a difference? And I’m watching her diet--cutting back on foods with artificial colors; adding omega 3’s to her diet through food sources...
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posted: Monday July 20th - 4:04pm

ADHD at the Dinner Table

Sitting is the worst torture we could possibly inflict on this child with ADHD--but Nat did just great.

Last summer, my attention deficit parenting skills failed the Natalie Challenge on a trip to celebrate Don’s parents’ anniversary. The test: an upscale restaurant dinner. The judging criteria: arrive on time, everyone in clean clothes, Natalie’s 7 p.m. medication in hand, activities to keep her happy at the ready. I failed on every count. We did it again this year to much better results. So...
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posted: Friday July 10th - 3:58pm

Dangerous ADHD Impulses

Natalie would never hurt anyone intentionally, but with her lack of impulse control, stuff happens.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
As often as possible, I used respite hours or hired a babysitter to watch Natalie so I could attend, and actually attend to, Aaron’s Little League games this summer. Being able to spend time focused on Aaron is one of my main goals for respite services, and I loved doing so. (He looks SO cute in his uniform!) I only missed one game all season. Nat...
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posted: Thursday July 9th - 10:33am

Coaches of the Year

As Natalie’s mom, I know that our children with ADHD, learning disabilities, or other special needs are sometimes the Least Confident Players.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
My 12-year-old, Aaron, played Little League baseball this summer. His team, the Yankees, ended their season with the winningest record in the Majors, and then went on to win the league tournament too. His team wasn’t stacked with the best players in the league. But, I’d venture to say they had the best coaches. I’ll never be quoted in Sports Illustrated for my coach-judging...
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posted: Wednesday July 8th - 2:43pm

Summer School Success

While Natalie raved about her experience, I'm already working on next year's IEP.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
Summer school ended last Thursday, and this year--as opposed to last--Natalie had an excellent experience. “I LOVED summer school!” she told relatives who asked over the 4th of July weekend. And from what I observed, this really was a “new and improved” summer school program. A big thank you to Teresa McCune, our school district’s Accelerated Learning Program/At Risk Coordinator and Natalie’s teachers for doing such...
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posted: Monday July 6th - 2:19pm

The Prince of ADHD Impulse Control

Another fond memory enters Natalie and Harry’s Official ADHD Annals.

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
Natalie celebrated her 9th birthday last Sunday with five friends and various family members, at Ames’ Happy Joe’s. The adults in attendance are still laughing about the event’s best attention deficit moment, which came not from Natalie, but from her ADHD-mirror-image and good friend, Harry. After raiding the lunch buffet, and powering through a small fortune in quarters in the game room, the kids circled around Natalie’s...
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