Gifts for ADHD Kids

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We were having a discussion at our house about what makes a good stocking stuffer, and the kids decided that there is one thing that every ADHD kid NEEDS. Ready for this? The one necessary thing was...peppermint gum. Gum is a fidget. Peppermint has that smell that improves focus. So there you have it, and don't you wish that meant your holiday shopping was over?! But since we have a feeling your list is a bit longer than that...here are a few more of the wishes - er - suggestions we got! We were surprised at how many things fell in the non-toy department. Games. We love Spot It for the … [Read more...]

Sailor Joe: An ADHD Success Story

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Today, since it's Veteran's Day in the United States, I thought I'd give you an update our our family's favorite Veteran - Joe. Joe was the most inattentive of our inattentive bunch. He was the reason we heard about the inattentive type of ADHD. His teacher told us that she suspected he had ADHD and we laughed at her. But after researching it, we discovered she was spot on. Fast forward to high school, when Joe looked at me one night and said, "What will I do without you in college?" And then he enlisted in the Navy. His high ASVAB score landed him in a program that gave him over a year … [Read more...]

Livin’ Easy With Your Kids – Summertime the Gershwin Way

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SUMMERTIME AND THE LIVIN' IS EASY. Summertime is supposed to be an easy time, evoking images of happy children with dirt necklaces, of lounging on the front porch with ice tea, of evenings soothed with fireflies and the lullabies of crickets and cicadas. As parents of children with ADHD, this is about as close to reality as Brahms is to Ice T. Our kids often waste their time fiddling with video games, strumming the remote, and chorusing "I'm bored." If you're going to play the blues this summer, take a lesson from George Gershwin. He has composed the perfect summertime accompaniment for the … [Read more...]

ADHD, Fidgeting and Fitness

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Is ADHD over diagnosed? If you listen to parents, you may notice a recurring complaint of children younger and younger who “can’t pay attention.” When a mother laments a six-year-old who can’t sit still, one wonders: what six-year-old wants to sit still anyway? The Centers for Disease Control has tracked diagnoses of ADHD from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11% in 2011. Have children changed or have expectations of children changed? The answer is, "Both!" Children are expected to pay attention for longer periods of time. In some schools, kindergarten students are expected to sit attentively … [Read more...]

Make up Your Mind Already!

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Every kid does certain things well and other things, not so well. I used to think that decision-making just wasn’t Lesley’s thing. Somewhere I had read that a parent should give choices where the decision’s outcome solely affected the child. Would you like orange juice or apple juice? Do you want your sandwich cut into triangles or rectangles? Lesley never took these choices lightly. She pondered the benefits of pulp-free, calcium-fortified orange juice, and she finally concluded that sandwiches cut into triangles tasted better. As decisions became more complex, she thought harder and … [Read more...]

Honing Life Skills

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For a child who’s diagnosed with ADHD-inattentive, school is all consuming for the entire family. Evening life in a typical school week is a series of doing exactly what needs to be done for tomorrow. At times when the next test, regular homework and upcoming project comes close to overwhelming, it’s easy to overlook passing on certain life skills. In hindsight, I can say we did some things better than others, so I hope what we suffered through or merely survived can help you figure out what works at your house. While household chores teach children a variety of life skills, I didn’t … [Read more...]

Book Review from a Parent: Survival Guide for ADHD Kids

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Today's post is brought to you courtesy of - you! One of our wonderful readers recommended this book on our Facebook page, and graciously agreed to write a review. What ADHD book - or any ADHD product - do you recommend? Please let us know in the comments below! For a couple of years now I had been asking myself.."How will I know it's the right time to talk to my child about her "special" qualities?" I Googled it, asked other people, I read articles and blogs. They all had pretty much the same thing to say...."You'll know when the time is right". But, being new to this whole ADHD thing, I … [Read more...]

Mom, where’s my….?! Lost and Found with ADHD.

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Truly, I thought I was past the days when I was the chief locator, but this Christmas holiday proved that those days are not over. The boys may be adults, and they may successfully be finding their way in their respective chosen paths, but they are not successfully finding their: cell phone shoes iPod Kindle Fire (oh, my, the drama!) keys glasses jackets or jeans All the boys were home at one point; Joe stayed about a week, and Mike stayed almost a month. And ADHD was at home again, too! Yes, I saw wonderfully encouraging evidence that they were growing up. Joe is preparing … [Read more...]

Social Media…the New Place to Be Awkward

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Confession...in our social ineptitude (we're old enough to wear it like a badge, now!), Brock and I just about gave up on Facebook and Twitter. Neither one of us quite 'get' it. In person, we've finally come into our own when we can look you in the eye and read all the social signals...but on Social Media, it's just hard. No matter the place - Facebook, Twitter, a forum, or heaven help us Google Plus...I always feel like I'm back in 9th grade trying to get the high school seniors to talk to me! Nonetheless, Brock and I have set an early New Year's resolution. And we're giving Facebook … [Read more...]

Is Candy Dandy or Downright Dangerous?

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A few days after Halloween, the treat bags steadily dwindle as each child digs in enthusiastically. Favorites go first, and trade negotiations for the last box of Milk Duds make the latest UN efforts seem low key in comparison. While the candy goes quickly, one question remains: Does candy make them hyper or not? For three out of four boys at Kayla's house, sugar made no difference in their behavior. Ash, the one without ADHD, could simply smell the candy and would start bouncing around like Tigger. I have to admit that I worked hard to limit sugar at our house. Edison was nearly … [Read more...]