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 day, … [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...]

Sometimes It’s Not My Problem

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Yesterday, one of our sons was late to work. He neglected to follow the advice - no, the law - I have given him and his brothers from the time they were in Kindergarten. "Get your stuff out the night before." My son waited until one hour before he was supposed to start waiting tables to look for his work shirt. When he found it, it was in the bottom of the laundry with ink stains, and had to be washed, dried and ironed. He was highly frustrated, but had the grace to tell me, "It's not your problem." He's darn tootin' it wasn't my problem. I have told them until I'm blue in the face. Get out … [Read more...]

Books for Adults with ADHD

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Here are some great books for Adults with ADHD. Ask for them on your Christmas list! ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life - A good response to the needs of adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It deals directly and exclusively with the greatest challenge that adults with ADHD face: the problem of disorganization. Moms with ADD: A Self-Help Manual - Chapters on juggling, dealing with school, work, and holidays. Some really good ideas are presented, but even with all the strategies included, I found this book hard to read. It seems to try a bit to hard. Out of the … [Read more...]

Organizing Homework – For Kids Who Lack The Gift of Organization

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Keeping homework organized for school is such a major challenge for kids with ADHD. They lose it, mix it up, remember things that don't exist, ruin it, and are sure they put it "right there"...We've discovered a few top ideas that help even the worst ADHD offenders. Color Code - At the beginning of the year, each subject gets a color, and the notebook and folder for that subject stay the same throughout. Actually in our house, every year, math is green (for money), science is black (for dead things!), social studies is blue (for the world), and English is red (for frustration?). Were we … [Read more...]

Organizing an ADHD Child

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I just created a Squidoo Lens with ten tips on how to keep your ADHD child organized. It could also be titled: "How I Kept My Sanity in the Chaos of Three ADHD Boys". Check it out here: http://www.squidoo.com/organizeADHD. Make sure you take a look at three of my favorite books on Organizing an ADHD Child. … [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...]