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Archives: January 2011

posted: Monday January 31st - 11:00am

To Stressing Less as Parents of ADHD Children in 2011

As parents of “hard to raise” kids, we aren’t perfect but we are competent, able. Remind yourself of that often.

The last time I had lunch with Karen and Lisa, two of my oldest friends, we met at House of Chen, a local Chinese restaurant. As always, the talk centered on two topics: children and pets. Karen is a veterinarian, and even though kind, thoughtful friends would not expect her to work during her time off by asking her pet-related questions, Lisa and I...
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posted: Wednesday January 26th - 5:00pm

ADHD Growing Pains: When Bodies Change Faster Than Emotions Develop

My ADHD daughter, Natalie, is hitting puberty, and her body is maturing faster than her emotions and social skills. The hardest thing to navigate is her friendship with Harry, her best friend ... a boy.

Like most kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), my daughter, Natalie, is two to three years behind her same-age peers in social and emotional maturity. But somebody forgot to tell her body to stay in sync. In keeping with many other fourth-grade girls, Natalie has started down that path called puberty. It just isn’t right. No child should need a bra before she is able...
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posted: Friday January 21st - 9:30am

Could You Survive an Unplanned Unmedicated Day?

We braved icy roads to pick up my daughter's ADHD stimulant medication prescriptions -- I couldn't imagine her missing a single dose.

On a recent night in central Iowa, enough snow fell for many schools in our community to either start late or cancel classes the next day. My daughter, Natalie, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), was scheduled to see her psychiatrist in Des Moines, a 40-minute drive from our home. When deciding whether or not to keep the appointment and risk driving on icy...
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posted: Wednesday January 19th - 12:30pm

What Are Your Funniest ADHD Time-Saving Shortcuts?

To my neurotypical eye, my daughter, Natalie, goes to amusing, unusual lengths to avoid wasting even a minute on a boring task. But among ADDers, is her latest time-saving scheme the norm?

Some everyday tasks are just too boring for my daughter, Natalie, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). Why interrupt a perfectly good shower to do something as mundane as washing her hair? Why waste time putting on socks when her Ugg knockoffs feel fine without them? Why expend effort squeezing toothpaste on her toothbrush if she's only going to brush for five seconds anyway? These...
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posted: Friday January 14th - 9:00am

How ADHD Kids Can Bring Parents Together

There's a silver lining to my daughter Natalie's ADHD: the moms of other children with attention deficit, who understand and support us on our journey.

When Penny Williams first got out of bed on Saturday morning, she couldn’t figure out why her sides ached. She thought back to Friday -- had she done something unusually strenuous? Then she realized the sore muscles in her midsection were from laughing so hard the night before! Penny (mother of Luke), Adrienne Bashista (mother of LittleJ), Kelly Miller (mother of Javi), and I are...
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