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Maiasaura
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Oh, mama… huge, huge hugs. I so get the overwhelm. Single mom here, one VERY severe ADHD kid turning 17 in six days. Raised him alone practically from the get-go. Here are two recommendations for books– I’m sure you don’t have time for books right now, but a couple paragraphs at a time maybe?
Dunno if your kid fits descriptions in this one, but mine sure does:
https://www.amazon.com/Transforming-Difficult-Child-Nurtured-Approach/dp/0967050707/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516923489&sr=8-1&keywords=glasser+howard
And also this lady:
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_10?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=louise+bates+ames+books&sprefix=Louise+bat%2Cstripbooks%2C149&crid=2TD8QS4BN806D who doens’t give advice so much as describes age-appropriate behavior, developmentally. She saved my sanity, literally, when my son was three.

You’ll find your way. My son didn’t go to kindy, but in first grade I was getting calls from the teacher like, I kid you not. at least three times a week. She didn’t have kids. My kid upset her apple cart in SO many ways. I think she had never seen an ADHD kid before.
I did not want meds. I did not. At near 7 I finally caved and was willing to try them. They’ve been a lifesaver. He can slow his brain down, more or less (he’s that severe), enough to mostly think things through.
Any questions or dialog, please feel free. I’m going to bed in a sec 🙂