Home Alone - The ADHD Version

Mom was only trying to help us stay organized while she went on vacation; but with two ADHD kids alone in the house, it’s hard to keep up with her list!
ADHD College Blog | posted by Rebeka Covell | Tuesday July 29th - 10:06am
Filed Under: Cleaning Up Clutter, Organization Tips for ADHD Kids,
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This week my family is on vacation, relaxing on a beautiful lake in Maine. And I’m here; at home, working my butt off. Yup, life stinks.

Actually my brother’s home too, because he couldn’t take the week off either. And when the parents are away… all semblance of healthy, clean, neat and organized goes out the window.

My mom left a list of things to do while she was away on the kitchen table. Things like put dirty dishes in the dishwasher, and then run it; do laundry so you have clothes to wear to work; put your shoes away when you take them off. She also put some ridiculous chores like mow the lawn and pick the weeds (my bother); and vacuum the floors and clean the bathroom (me). I think her list is somewhere on the kitchen table, buried under bags and wrappers from Taco Bell, Burger King, and empty soda cans.

They left on Saturday. It’s only Tuesday, we’ll get the chores done on Friday, before we leave to join the vacation for the weekend. I’m not sure if it’s kids in general that couldn’t care less that the clothes are on the floor, the sink is full of dirty dishes, and the beds aren’t made, or if it was a bad idea for her to leave two ADHD kids home alone for the week. Either way, procrastination is the word of the week, and T.V. is the only chore for us.

Mom was only trying to help us stay organized, and make sure that we got up, found clean clothes, ate breakfast and made it to work on time this week, but with two kids and a whole lot of ADHD, it’s hard to keep up with the list! Besides, we both leave early for work, and when we get home we’re tired. We can’t cook, but we can drive to McDonalds! Just let us relax and watch this one show… We’ll clean up right after that.

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