Joe’s Reading!

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Wonder of wonder. Joe is reading. He's deployed at the moment, and boredom may have something to do with it, but I suspect that the biggest difference is that he bought a Kindle! Once again, electronic devices have won out with him. Have any of you tried a Kindle with your ADHD child? UPDATE: Joe is out of the NAVY now, and by his admission, he reads a lot less. But when he reads, it is on a Kindle. Another one of our boys is overseas working and studying, and he depends on his Kindle. And they have me hooked, too. I have a Kindle Paperwhite that I love. … [Read more...]

Helping an ADHD Child Succeed

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Our ultimate goal in life is for our kids to be successful. Someone once said, "There are just as many opportunities for success in school as there are failures." It's a cliché but there is truth in it. What are the best ways that you help your child to succeed academically, personally, athletically, spiritually...? Share your thoughts below. PS Yes, that is Ron in his college graduation cap. Definitely an icon for success - don't you think?!! … [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...]

What We Did Wrong…the Tip of the Iceburg

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After I posted ADHD - What We Did Right yesterday, it showed up on my Facebook page. I got the most glowing comments - all of which would have gone to my head had I not know that - today was coming. So here it is...my tip of the iceburg list of all the things that I did WRONG. Trust me, this post would be way too long if I listed them all. Yelling, inconsistency, throwing a tomato (yes I did), not taking supplements, talking about it too much...Sigh. I'll depress myself if I think about it. So here are three of our TOP mistakes. Not Learning Together - Since at some point Ron did assume … [Read more...]

Ten Years with ADHD – What We Did Right

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As promised, here's part one of the lesson we've learned since our son was diagnosed with ADHD ten years ago. Lowering Standards - I had to learn to ask one question over and over. "What's more important?" What was more important, pristine rooms or an environment where I wasn't stressed about it?* Straight A's or kids who weren't stressed (too much) about grades? Boy Scouts or three more unscheduled, laid back hours in a week? Legibility or learning? Over and over, I had to relax standards, lower expectations, and let go of preconceived notions. What was left were the essentials. *I'm … [Read more...]

Ten Years of ADHD

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This year marks the ten year anniversary of our first ADHD diagnosis. Before then, I thought ADHD referred to wild, undisciplined children who couldn't be still or shut up mainly because they were hyped up on sugar and needed a firm hand. Joe was a calm, spacey child who had never (not even once) got his name on the board or been in any sort of trouble. Sure, he occasionally forgot to wear a shirt, couldn't keep track of anything, and zoned out during class. And, yes, he was pretty annoyed at loud noises, had a terrible time getting a good night's sleep, and approached learning in a strange … [Read more...]

An Encouraging Word – And ADHD Success Story

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It's always so encouraging when readers send in success stories. Here's a great one*. Our oldest, an eighteen year old boy, has matured so much in the last year. A little over a year ago, he wasn't that connected to the youth group, hadn't found his spot, he was at a deadend with school and gravatating to "friends" who were probably only good for providing him with self medicating products which we were watching extra closely. Then he lost his best friend, who died from an accident a year ago. Since then, we found (no - God led us to ), an amazing sports program that started out being for … [Read more...]

Counting to 504

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Our second son was in fourth grade when his teacher approached me about having him tested for ADHD and a learning disability. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Despite a background in psychology, I associated ADHD with a hyperactive child. This child had only had his name on the board once in his life, so there was no way he had ADHD. He made decent grades and he was very bright and articulate. His teacher was right, however. He did have trouble focusing, and sometimes seemed spaced out. He was disorganized, and had a tendency to forget his homework. As the year progressed, he couldn’t … [Read more...]

The Spider. A Story About Empathy

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As a general rule, I don't pick up things I can't identify. Therefore, I must have been rather distracted when I reached into my washer to retrieve the debris left from the laundry. I should have known better. After all, I've found everything from razor blades to snake skins to little pieces of ca ca after the clothes have been removed from the machine. Nonetheless, on that fateful day I plunged my fingers in, and pulled out the sodden object. I immediately realized that the rather large item had legs, and lots of them. Some of the legs had come loose and clung to the side of the tub. It … [Read more...]