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...]

The PAC-kit – Our Planner for ADHD

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We don't talk a lot about the PAC-kit, but this is the time of year that we should! The PAC-kit is the Planner, Agenda, and Calendar that evolved from our attempts to keep Ron and Joe organized. We always found that store bought planners didn't work for our guys. Here's what would happen. It's Tuesday night. Your son has a new $8.95 planner that you just bought because he lost the one he had before. You flip to today's date. Nothing is written on it. He patiently shows you where he wrote his homework - on the wrong page. Because he couldn't fit all the words onto the tiny lines, his … [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...]

What Are We Doing Today? Planning for the Long, Hot Summer

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I'm usually optimistic at the beginning of summer vacation. I envision a time when we read To Kill a Mockingbird aloud, teach fractions by writing in the sand and purge all our closets of outgrown (or "so last year" clothing). Then a few days pass, and I panic about how much the television has been on and how many rematches that the video championship tournament of the world has expanded to. I find myself wondering if learning new makeup techniques from Youtube is all that beneficial. Somewhere between our most lofty goals and simply morphing into the sofa is a healthy balance for us … [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...]

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...]

Lower Your Expectations

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Don't fold wash cloths. If the kids lose their pencil, give another from the endless supply you keep on hand. Don't put top sheets on beds. So what if report cards have C's. Paint all your walls the same semi gloss color. Only buy one color/brand of socks. These are things that would have been unacceptable to me in the past, but my focus has changed. These things aren't really that important to me, and to keep sanity, I opted for the easy way out. I lowered my expectations. To help sort out which standards were too high, I asked myself one question over and over: "What's more important?" To … [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...]