Organizing Success!

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This week I got a note from a mom who was ecstatic over a giant leap that her son had made toward school success. He'd come home with two progress reports, and although he should have brought home six, we'll disregard that because, and I quote*... One of his reports, for English, showed a fairly low average (80%) but I quickly noticed that he had all A's on every assignment except one which was a 50. So, this convo happened: Me: "C, what is this 50? What happened?" C: "Oh, that was a classwork assignment and it was two parts. I only turned in the second part. I asked Ms. G about it … [Read more...]

Realistically Resolve to Reorganize

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How do you see the new year? Just another day? Or is this the year to bring about the changes you've longed for? New Year's resolutions can be tricky. While it's great to set goals, pinpointing achievable goals is a delicate balance between simple, challenging and downright unrealistic. Organizing a child or teen with ADHD-inattentive tendencies sounds impossible - like the proverbial nailing of Jello to the wall or herding cats. But finding ways to help your child is achievable. As parents and advocates, your job is two-fold: 1) simplify the task. 2) equip the child for the task. … [Read more...]

A Hangman Spelling Nightmare

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Colin is a seven year old first grader who is displaying some inattentiveness, and recently I was able to help Colin and his mom with a homework nightmare. It was spelling - an online hangman game that had to be completed and submitted via the school's homework system. (At least there was no book to bring home - right?!) Anyhow, the particular problem Colin was having was a game of hangman. There were twenty words, and students could only guess incorrectly a few times before being penalized. So Colin had a sheet of words, and every time he got one correct, he was marking them off. … [Read more...]

How to Organize an ADHD Child

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Books, homework, time, tasks, priorities, sports equipment, toys, clothes...Keeping organized is a hard task. It's a job our ADHD kids do not do well - and it's our job to teach them how. So - how do you organize an ADHD child? Share your hints in the comments below. Read our hints! … [Read more...]

Getting Organized with a Google Calendar

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Are you organized for the school year yet? Do you have your calendars, your color coded notebooks, your staging areas near the back door? We've talked quite a bit about getting organized by having a shared calendar. Lots of our problems with ADHD kids stem from them - and us - being disorganized, forgetting things, and so forth. Most of us have a big paper calendar in the kitchen, but we've discussed that there isn't a great way to sync things electronically from dad to mom to kid to kid - especially for those of us who don't have web enabled phones. Google has solved that for us. For … [Read more...]

How Do You Organize Your Time?

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I'm working on rewriting an article that was posted several years ago, and I sort of got stuck on #2, Order, Order which talks about getting organized. The original post talks about how my husband and I use Palms to organize our busy households. Funny how the Palm - which was the cutting edge back then - now seems so dated. And it's amazing how we went from being totally dependent on a PDA (when's the last time you heard that term?) to not needing it at all. Since our kids have started to drive, they basically keep their own schedules. And I work at home, so I've just been using the Outlook … [Read more...]

Getting Rid of Clutter

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So you've made a resolution, and this year you're getting rid of clutter! You're going to eliminate the clutter! ADHD kids crave order, even if they don't act like it. If your home is in disarray, your children can't focus. If you haven't already, make it your New Year's resolution to clear a path - and clear the clutter! There are several great online products to help you de-clutter and organize your stuff. One of my favorite resources is Fly Lady. She'll nag via email, and help you organize your life step by step - with no charge - including getting rid of clutter! Another unique … [Read more...]

Organizing Kids for School Using Color

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Color is a great way to help keep your child organized for school. Choose one color for each subject - like green (money) for math - and use that color for the notebook, folder, and book jacket. In the folder, place a supply of paper for that class, and take a matching highlighter or marker and make a bold line on the edge of the paper. If your child neglects to put their paper back into the correct folder, the colored mark will make it easier for the paper to be found in the bookbag jumble. Many elementary school teachers require a certain format for paper 'headings': Kayla … [Read more...]

Gifts of Time

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Here's an organizing hint for mom or dad! Many stores are having major clearance sales at this time of year. Make it a habit to visit the clearance section each time you visit a store, and keep an eye out for items you will need for birthdays or (gasp!) even Christmas. Last week my husband came home with a shaving cream warmer he found for $5.00, and it is now stashed in our attic waiting for Father's Day. I found some great sweaters for next fall for almost nothing. The few extra minutes it takes us to see what's on clearance saves us lots of time - and money.   … [Read more...]

Sometimes It’s Not My Problem

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Yesterday, one of our sons was late to work. He neglected to follow the advice - no, the law - I have given him and his brothers from the time they were in Kindergarten. "Get your stuff out the night before." My son waited until one hour before he was supposed to start waiting tables to look for his work shirt. When he found it, it was in the bottom of the laundry with ink stains, and had to be washed, dried and ironed. He was highly frustrated, but had the grace to tell me, "It's not your problem." He's darn tootin' it wasn't my problem. I have told them until I'm blue in the face. Get out … [Read more...]