High School and ADHD Meds: Our Story

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The high school secretary and I had a special friendship. If Joe or I discovered that he had forgotten to take his Strattera, he could go to the office and she would give him the missed dose. Over several months, it became increasingly obvious that Joe wasn't taking his meds, and it wasn't because he forgot. He didn't want to. So why didn't he want the medication? The bottom line was that they made him feel 'weird'. We'd tried several types, combinations, dosages, and they would work for a while, but Joe felt that they all altered the way he felt. They altered his personality, his appetite, … [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...]

Jingle Bells, Homework Tales and Projects All the Way

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I love this time of year. The blinking lights on the front walk, the aroma of freshly baked cookies and spiced cider from the kitchen, and the sounds of our favorite Christmas music playing in the background create an exciting environment. As wonderful as they are, the holidays usher in huge distractions for children. She's trying to muddle through geometry homework while deciding what to wear as a "helping elf" for the special Christmas photos in the community. Or perhaps he's perfecting his Christmas list when you thought he was working on vocabulary words. And both your kids are trying to … [Read more...]

Good Grade Wall

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Our kids run into so much negativity from other people, from situations, and - admit it - from their own head! And while we *do* have to be firm with our kids, we have to set expectations and dole out discipline, we should still be a source of support and encouragement. That's why I LOVED what one of our Facebook friends shared her "Good Grade Wall". Here's what she said: Since our daughter struggles so much in school due to her ADHD and multiple Learning Disabilites, we are always looking for ways to let her know that with extra work and putting the time in she can achieve … [Read more...]

Why Good Manners Matter to Your ADHD Teen

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Learning to be polite and consider the needs of others shouldn’t be a hardship – even for a 14- year-old teen diagnosed with ADHD-inattentive. Your teen may not clamor to learn about manners any more than she clamors to memorize algebraic formulas, but she stands to greatly benefit from both types of knowledge. As a parent, you may find that you often return to the role of the take-no-prisoners manners police: “Don’t talk with your mouth full….Take your baseball cap off…Hold the door open,” etc., etc. The good news is that most teens behave better for someone else – anyone else – other … [Read more...]

How Reading Shapes Us: Guiding Your Children to Good Choices

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Albert Einstein once said "If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." I'm not out to give you a definitive list of books your children must read to be a model citizen or better student. I do want to encourage you to keep reading and to keep putting books in your children's hands. You never know which book is going to spark, inspire and change everything. Some of us may not be born book lovers, but most of us are born to become book lovers. For the same reason children shouldn't be served a … [Read more...]

Traveling with ADHD – Back on the Road

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Last week we posted five tips for traveling with ADHD. Here are five more, plus an addition to #5...Thanks to those who sent in their hints!! And we'll take more. Add them in the comments, reply to the email, or post on our Facebook page. And - before we get too far down the road, please allow us a moment to express our thanks to God for His many blessings. We count you - our readers and our friends - among those blessings. Even if you're not in the United States, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! And may we all remember to make every day Thanksgiving day. Brock and Kayla 5. … [Read more...]

Screen Out All Distraction – ADHD and Television

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First there was the television….then the computer….the Wii….the iPad and cell phones that do everything from cruise the internet to take pictures. Screens full of information can easily distract your ADHD-1 teen or tween from doing anything productive. I know that a kid who says he's working on a term paper on his laptop can have windows active with Facebook, Youtube videos and several virtual chatting conversations. Despite the excuse you may hear - "But Mom, I need to get on Facebook to get my assignment from Jessica!" - most screen time isn't that fruitful. How can you, the parent … [Read more...]

The Tantrum Chairs

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When our first son Ron was a baby, we bought a beautiful old home with the intention of fixing it up. It was one of those charming old houses with great potential. Built in the early 1900's, it had oak mantels, crown molding, French doors and high ceilings. But -- and that's an incredibly large three-letter word -- it needed a lot of work. Take the living room. A fabulous set of double doors led into a large room of musty-smelling rust-red long-pile carpet. A classic iron chandelier had been repainted with silver paint that flaked every time the wind blew....and sometimes when it didn't. … [Read more...]

Making Friends – The OTHER Social Studies

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Some children are born social butterflies. They attract friends, know what to say in any situation, have an uncanny sense of style, and always land on their feet. Then there are my kids - and maybe yours. Here are some tips on helping your child succeed in the study of all things social. Help your child learn to make friends. Although we feel that friendships should happen naturally, finding friends is a skill that can be taught. There is a wealth of information available on this subject. A great source is the online ADDitude Magazine, which has a whole section on Friendships and Social … [Read more...]