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...]

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...]

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...]

Three Tips For Managing Homework Headaches

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After the post about Ron and his college homework, you're probably ready for some positive hints on homework...and thanks to Alana Morales - here they are: Three Tips For Managing Homework Headaches! In my neck of the woods (or desert, as it is), we are gearing up for the second quarter of school. This semester, I have experienced teacher battles, homework nightmares and medication debacles. All in all, a pretty normal school year for an ADHD family, wouldn't you say? One of the things that I have found myself doing is reevaluating my homework processes and making changes based on the … [Read more...]

Handwriting on the Desk and Other Random Parenting Hints

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If your child is in elementary school and keeps forgetting the same things, type up a "to do" list and tape it to their desk. When one of our sons was in fourth grade, the teacher had encouraged her children children to do this - not just ADHD kids. I saw 'how to label a paper', 'what to pack for home', 'what to unpack in the morning', and 'before I speak'. (I'm not saying whose that was!) It's a life skill to make lists, so all children should learn how. If in the chaos of changing classes, your middle schooler can't remember what's needed for each class, here's a hint for you. It was sent … [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...]

Example of a Graphic Organizer

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The graphic organizer below is a visual representation of a chapter on biodiversity. The Actual Notes: I. Biodiversity: the variety of life in an area. *the biodiversity of an area is dependent on many variables such as temp. and size *large, warm areas are the most diverse (ex. tropical rain forest, coral reefs) II. Importance of Biodiversity A. Imp. to nature *life depends on life: the more biodiverse an area is, the greater its chance of survival B. Imp. to people: 1. helps breeders make food crops grow better. 2. gives us a variety of foods to eat 3. can be used to improve … [Read more...]