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...]

Perpetual Thankfulness…Keep it Going!

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You've probably seen a number of posts saying "I'm thankful for....." Personally, I love reading them, because thankfulness changes us. It allows us to see the glass half full instead of half empty. Thankfulness allows us to remember what we might otherwise forget or take for granted. I believe our perspective positively changes when we realize the gift a new day brings. Rainy day? What a great day to stay inside! Fog? What a fantastic special effect for our Facebook pictures! Hail? Hmmmm. I’m thankful it doesn’t hail every day?? You get my point – there’s always, always … [Read more...]

Encouraging an ADHD Child

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Let's face it. ADHD can be discouraging. Even though they're wonderful, our children often end up feeling less than perfect. They march to a different drummer, their problems often overshadow their successes, and their sense of overwhelm often eclipses the simple joys of life. How do you encourage your ADHD child, and help her to develop and maintain a positive self image? Share in the comments below. Homework can be one of the most discouraging times for our kids. Find out how to "Wake Up from the Homework Nightmare". … [Read more...]

The New Year – Looking Back and Looking Forward

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The New Year has always been a time to reflect on the past, and look forward to the future. The name "January" actually comes from the name of the Roman god Janus, who has two faces for standing at the threshold and looking backwards and forwards in time. Take a minute and look back on your year with your kids. Start with the accomplishments they have made - big and small. Think about: Academics (made it to regionals on her science project) Organization (kept up with his bookbag the entire year) Personal responsibility (remembered to feed the dog without being nagged too … [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...]