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Archives: February 2012

posted: Friday February 17th - 5:58am

Wanted: A Happy Ending

"I think of my 14-year-old son, Aaron, as a shadow child -- out-moved, out-shouted, and out-needed by his 10-year-old ADHD sister, Natalie, the child we brought home from Russia."

Easy to Love but Hard to Raise
Enter to win a free copy of Kay's book, Easy to Love but Hard to Raise! Even though I co-edited the book Easy to Love but Hard to Raise, and thus had a considerable in, I didn’t submit an essay for inclusion in the book. I started to write an essay, but I never finished it. One reason was that I was too busy editing other people’s...
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posted: Tuesday February 14th - 6:50am

Easy to Love. Hard to Raise. Yours to Win.

Worry, guilt, and ultimately joy -- do you recognize yourself in Kay Marner's portrait of the parent of a challenging child? Tell us how you're like Eve for a chance to win Kay's new book.

Easy to Love but Hard to Raise
February 1, 2012, marked a milestone in my life. Easy to Love but Hard to Raise, the book I co-edited with Adrienne Ehlert Bashista of DRT Press, was officially published! In celebration, and in thanks to this blog's readers, I'm giving away three free copies of the book. For a chance to win, just comment on this post, answering this question: How are you like Eve? Chances...
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posted: Wednesday February 8th - 2:24pm

A Love Letter to You, Moms and Dads

When you’re parenting a young child with ADHD, there’s a question you might wonder about, but are afraid to ask: Do things get easier as our kids with ADHD get older? Take heart, fellow parents, because, at least in my personal experience, the answer is “yes.”

February 12, 2012 marks the ninth anniversary of my daughter Natalie's adoption, and the beginning of the most challenging years of my life. Nat was 2 and a half when we brought her home from an orphanage in Russia. Within days of coming home, we began the ongoing process of evaluating, treating, “therapizing,” and teaching that helped her grow into the fabulous tween girl she is today...
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