I know dealing with an ADHD kid is so much more than finding the right products. It takes an enormous amount of patience, compassion, and stamina to raise a kid with ADHD. But truth be told, sometimes I land on a resource that makes life a little easier. It may lessen fighting, make my kids calmer, […]
Our family, with two boys diagnosed with ADHD, has found some pretty great results while following an ADHD diet. I talk about the benefits of eating healthy, while avoiding foods high in sugar on my blog all the time. I’ve gathered a bunch of information, tips and tried and true advice about an ADHD diet […]
This guide full of activities for keeping ADHD Boys busy when you happen to be stuck indoors! It is the ultimate screen free list of stuff that boys love! Look at our real life pics of my kids using the products – you’ll see how much they love these.
Do you have a reluctant adhd boy reader? I did! But, over the years, by appealing to their interests, I have raised two voracious ADHD readers. See which of these books may turn your struggling, reluctant readers into a lover of books.
I had no idea that heavy metal toxicity is so prevalent in kids and can cause the same symptoms of ADHD! Luckily there are a lot of things you can do to detox from heavy metals. See what we are doing to get rid of the metals and erase some of the symptoms of ADHD.
I noticed early on in my motherhood how food really affected my kids. Feeding my kids healthy food was a thing way before they were diagnosed with ADHD. Now that we are 5 years into a diagnosis, we do our best to follow an ADHD Diet. People often ask me, what do you feed your […]
There are many foods to avoid for adhd kids. Sugary foods have many toxic ingredients -sweeteners and dyes that are anything but natural can be incredibly harmful for kids with adhd. High Fructose Corn Syrup is not sugar and is something you should avoid feeding your ADHD kiddo
As a parent of a kid with ADHD, there are many things that overwhelm me when it comes to making choices for my child. Nutrition and supplements have been something we have worked on for years. I have tried many different supplements and can honestly say, that I have found the best proven natural […]
I have tried many, many tactics over the years to make going to bed and staying in bed easier for my two boys with ADHD. Here are the best ways I have found to really help ADHD kids fall asleep and stay asleep. Getting a kid with ADHD to go to sleep can be extremely […]
Do your kids whine and complain about homework? Do small assignments take an hour to complete? Then read on!! I wanted to share an absolute life saver for any family struggling with homework time. I started using the Time Timer for homework this year and it has completely turned homework time around for us! What’s great […]
Back to school time can be difficult for any kid and with distance learning, it can be even more of a challenge. This guide for ADHD parents gives real life advice to help your ADHD kid make the transition to school smoother and with confidence.
Having a hard time limiting cellphone use for your ADHD kid? Or wondering when to get them a smartphone? This article gives you advice you can use today to help your kid learn to responsibly use a cell phone. Tried and true tips from a mom of two adhd boys!
Limiting screens for your ADHD is within your reach. This article has plenty of food for thought to help you mindfully set limits and routine for your ADHD kids around screens. We cover why to limit, what to limit, and how to limit screens for your ADHD kiddo.
I work very hard to offer really good food to my kids with ADHD. I have observed for a long time now that what they put into their mouths really affects their behavior. I love finding cookbooks that have recipes to fit our ADHD Diet – high protein, gluten-free, dairy free and super low sugar. […]
A lovely reader asked me a question about building frustration tolerance in kids with ADHD. My response to her got so long that I decided to create a whole post about helping easily frustrated and angry kids. It really got me thinking about how easily frustrated my own ADHD kids can get at times. To […]
Meet Cris Brown, ADHD mama and registered holistic nutritionist as she tells us all about her journey with two kiddos with ADHD.
I made a lot of mistakes parenting my adhd child. I did what I knew – doling out lots of consequences for bad behavior. And it just didn’t work – ever. I have told this story so many times about how I learned to parent my adhd kiddo without consequences.
We ADHD Mamas have a lot to learn from each other. Meet Kristina of Marvelously Set Apart, a mom of three kiddos, one with ADHD and autism. She shares her story and what she has learned over the years while raising an amazing kid with ADHD.
If you are familiar with our ADHD Story (Parts 1 and 2 ) you know that I have tried many things to treat my sons’ ADHD and found most success with a variety of natural treatments. While we love eating healthy foods, taking high quality supplements and getting lots of exercise, we have most recently […]
I am podcast junky. I’ve listened to loads of parenting podcasts over the past year and I’ve found 7 awesome podcasts for parenting ADHD. You can really learn a lot in a short amount of time if you listen to the right ones. Update: There are more than 7! I keep adding to the list as I […]
It can be such a gut wrenching decision to put your child on prescription medication for ADHD…I know. I have been there. We have tried a bunch of ADHD meds, all with little success. If I’m honest, I have to be thankful that the prescription meds have not really worked – because it has opened […]
It’s late. You thought your kiddo would be asleep by now. You’ve heard them go to the bathroom about 5 times. They’ve yelled at their brother twice. You’ve called up to them, “Good night, honey!”, although now it’s not sounding so nice. There’s been several trips up to give more kisses and reassure them […]
Being a parent to a kid with ADHD can certainly bring you outside of your comfort zone – a lot. And it’s these times that we need to be grateful for – they stretch us as parents and grow us as human beings. For me, the experience of being on a podcast was one of […]
Raising an ADHD kiddo automatically puts you into a tribe – a tribe of tough, brilliant mamas and papas. A tribe whose members appear, at first, to be quite ordinary, but who find themselves in situations, over and over again, where they exhibit superhero-like powers. Katherine Quie, Ph.D., L.P., author of, Raising Will, Surviving the Brilliance and […]
Homework battles may be a common occurrence in your household…I know getting homework done with ADHD can be – to say the least-extremely challenging. I have learned a lot – and continue to learn, but I do have some great ADHD homework tips that have really worked for us. Over the past 5 or […]
I’ve written about our amazing weighted blanket before and the fantastic effect it’s had on my son with ADHD. After years of difficult bedtimes and restless nights, we found the best weighted blanket that literally erased my son’s bedtime troubles. I am so happy I purchased our weighted blanket from SensaCalm. I initially chose SensaCalm because […]
You may be familiar with our amazing ADHD natural supplements and the success we’ve had with treating adhd without drugs. (If not, read this first – these are proven natural remedies for my kids with ADHD) But, as we are entering the teen years, it’s harder and harder to get my teenager to take his supplements……All […]
My kids are getting to the age now where they no longer pass out Valentines to classmates or friends at school ( sniff sniff ). I, however, can’t stop making Valentines just because of that! We can hand these out to neighbors and family, for sure! This year we’ll be making these recycled striped […]
If you read my first post on The Best Breakfasts for ADHD, you’ll know I prioritize a high protein breakfast (with some good fats thrown in)for my two boys with ADHD. I know that the protein and fats help my kids to stay focused and ready to learn. I also love breakfasts that can be […]
This is part Two of our ADHD Story and our journey from treating ADHD with medications to 100% natural ADHD remedies. If you haven’t read Part One of Our ADHD Story, I’d start there. This post will make more sense with the backstory and there’s lots of good learning from my mistakes in Part One, too. […]
To be honest, I was a little afraid to hit PUBLISH for this post. It might be a bit controversial-this topic can push people’s buttons. I know I am way in the minority when it comes to kids and phones – my 10 and 12 year olds do not have phones. Most of my kids’ […]
Bedtime can be a bit of a crazy time – especially for kids with ADHD who have a hard time with transitions and settling down in general. Having a bedtime routine in place is crucial. The benefits of bedtime routines are many. They give predictability to your night and kids are comforted in knowing […]
This is Part Three of Seven in my Connecting with Kids Series. Join my email list to receive a special copy of all 7 posts with additional material, right to your inbox when the series is completed. As my kids are growing up at light speed, I am constantly reminded of the passage of time. […]
This is Part Two of Seven in my Connecting with Kids Series. Join my email list to receive a special copy of all 7 posts with additional material, right to your inbox when the series is completed. As my kids are growing up at light speed in front of my eyes, I am constantly reminded […]
This is Part One of Seven in my Connecting with Kids Series. Join my email list to receive a special copy of all 7 posts with additional material, right to your inbox when the series is completed. As my kids are growing up at light speed in front of my eyes, I am constantly reminded […]
Do you ever put out creative invitations for your kids to explore? If you haven’t tried one yet, start with something easy and enticing, like this Emoji Rock Painting Invitation. Look at it like a little experiment and see what happens. What is an invitation, you ask? An invitation is simply gathering a few simple […]
As a reading teacher, a Simplicity parenting coach and a mom of two boys, raising kids who love to read has always been a priority for me. Because I love to talk about books, listen to books, read books aloud, listen to podcasts about books and most of all read books, I’ve been able to […]
I always come up with my best ideas when I am pressed for time, money, or supplies. Perhaps its the limitations that make my creativity expand and the creative juices flow. I recently had such an experience when I was writing thank you notes….I had none. I culled threw my supplies and found a template […]
Like many, many families, our struggles center around 2 kids with ADHD (with one who is also extremely sensitive to boot). And so, I have read a lot of parenting books. I have started many more than I have finished, but I am always hopeful for a new perspective and some helpful advice. The language of […]
Valentine’s Day is, by far, my favorite holiday. Perhaps it’s all the fun crafting, the reds and the pinks and the fact that I love hearts! Or maybe it’s the opportunity to create and give a simple gesture of love. These DIY Valentine stamps are simple to make and can be used to create so […]
I love to cut up cardboard boxes and use them for art projects. They are readily available, super sturdy, and easy to cut and paint and not to mention — FREE! With all the online shopping I have been doing, we had a perfect opportunity to do some recycled box art this season. Read on […]
It is the rare household with kids that does not find themselves in seasons of drowning in stuff. It can become quite paralyzing and affect the entire household in ways you might not even correlate with the amassing of stuff. Cranky kids, crankier adults, lost toys, lost keys, fighting siblings, bored kids – […]
School is just around the corner and you might be worried about all the school work your kids have not been doing! Don’t panic. I’ve got some great suggestions for a last ditch effort to prevent summer slide. First of all, it may not be obvious, but your kids have probably already been doing […]
I know everyone’s definition of success for their boys is a little bit different. But I think we can all agree that we’d love to see our sons grow up to be independent, creative thinkers who exude self-confidence and empathy. Sound like a tall order? Maybe. In today’s world of instant gratification and high-speed everything, […]
I talk a lot about reading on this blog–it is something our family LOVES to do– and while I mostly refer to fiction books, non-fiction reading takes up a big part of our reading time, too. In fact, we go thru spurts where both boys seem to be reading exclusively non-fiction titles. If your kids […]
Most of what you hear about summer slide is true. Typically, kids loose about 2 months worth of knowledge if they do nothing over the summer. Top that with the 4 to 6 weeks it then takes to get in the groove once school starts and we are talking 3 to 4 months of catching […]
Our increasingly busy, over scheduled world is having an effect on our children. From my experience as a teacher and parent, I see so many more children plagued with anxiety issues. While there are many ways to help, including therapy, regular exercise, and a healthy diet, I have seen some pretty significant results, including in […]
Most of us can assume at least a little guilt in over-scheduling our kids. The options for after school activities are staggering and really, quite tempting. All parents have good intentions of exposing their children to all sorts of fun activities and we often break our backs and our bank account in the process. […]
I am not shy about telling people that our family is nearly screen free I am quite adamant, actually about raising my boys with extremely minimal access to video games and TV. And so you might be thinking, “Well what do your kids do?” We are not over-scheduled with activities, nor do I constantly […]
You may have already seen my last two posts about easy Valentine cards for kids to make, here and here. Well it seems like we just can’t stop! I got the idea for these mini heart sculptures for Valentine’s Day when I came across a bunch of corks on sale at our local hardware store. […]
I probably go a little overboard with the production of Valentine’s cards-it is my favorite holiday, you know. But we do hand out a ton of cards- to friends, neighbors, and lots of people at school. As a result of my obsession, I have some really easy, great ideas for DIY Valentines for kids. I […]
The simplest way to approach any creative endeavor is to begin what you already have. These easy homemade valentines use artwork your child has already created! Process art pieces–where the end product was not the main focus–are perfect for repurposing. They are abstract and colorful and work well when cut into new shapes. I try […]
We needed to shed some new light onto organizing our tinker space. My boys are getting older and their interests are changing. The beginning of the school year is a perfect time to tackle this. Read on for a peek into what we did or just DOWNLOAD MY FREE PDF in the gray box below […]
We are still on our school break over here and looking for fun indoor activities. We consulted a newly thrifted book – Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions –and followed a recipe for Easy Homemade Paint. My boys love making concoctions and we had all the ingredients on hand. The recipe is terribly easy and inexpensive, basically […]
I love to find a new great source for screen free fun for my boys and I am sharing my most favorite with you today. Of course there is always Pinterest and awesome websites(like this one and this one). But, one of my go-to sources for screen free activities is vintage activity books. They […]
Over Thanksgiving Break we rediscovered homemade playdough, one of our favorite unplugged activities. My boys have been in love with playdough since they were little and I wondered if it could still peak their interest. A good recipe I was very excited, I must say, when my boys got excited about making a new batch […]
. Today I am sharing my boys’ most loved unplugged gift ideas. These toys will be played with for years-many of them have been in our rotation for 5 or more years and they continue to be played with often. Some are on our wish list this year. I go for quality over quantity and […]
I am so excited to be giving away my newest mini ebook: Flashcard Hacks: Creative and Engaging Ways for Kids to Learn Math Facts. The ideas in the book have really helped us navigate the waters of learning math facts–a trip that can become very pressure filled and stressful for some kids.Grab the free […]
We can all use some words of encouragement from time to time. I’ll be first in line to receive them, especially when it come’s to parenting. So many things can come as road blocks in the world of motherhood; what to say, how to help, dealing with my own guilt, feeling angry. Somedays, I can […]
My oldest son is a great reader thru and thru. Reading is one of his preferred activities and when we are home (or in the car), you will most likely find him lost in a book. I always say that once you have a good reader, the hard work is done. The world is […]
The phrase “never say never” can most definitely be applied to my thoughts of giving my kids an allowance. I thought they were too young for an allowance. At 8 and 10, my kids really have no need for one, right? An allowance is for teenagers who can drive themselves to the movies. Or so […]
When my boys turned 1 and 3, we had a small birthday party for them at the local arboretum. We played, wound our way through a hedge maze, and then settled under a huge tree for a picnic lunch. The kids ran under the long sweeping branches, ducking in and out of sight behind the […]
Last night was crazy. My sons had track camp, followed immediately by Band Open House (we ate peanut butter sandwiches in the car) We got home for the first time after school at 7:30 pm. Then we had homework and showers and arggghhhh. I found myself yelling, “Hurry up! Hurry up!” the bulk of the […]
Getting kids up and ready for school can be a challenge for any family. When you put a kid with ADHD in the mix, getting ready can be a HUGE battle. I have struggled for years to come up with a way to have easier mornings and help my boys do as much as possible […]
Whether it’s summer where you are or if you are just starting the school year, you very well might find yourselves spending a lot of time in the car-driving to school, waiting in car lines, going to activities, or to and from daycare. You might rely on a screen to calm your kids during those […]
My oldest son is a bit of a worrywart, something he probably inherited from me. He worries about lots of things-school, bugs, storms, my driving. A little fear is good-it’s part of our survival instincts. But too much worry, I feel, is robbing him of a carefree childhood. I have tried lots of things to […]
This summer, I have been exploring different ways of cultivating gratitude with my kids. We’ve been keeping a little journal, writing notes to friends, and with two summer birthdays, we’ve done lots of thoughtful thank you notes. We are looking at gratitude as not just being thankful for what we have, but who we […]
I talked a bit before about how my kids hate flash cards. Usually, what could have been a quick 10 minute practice session often turned into moans and groans and even tears. It was a bummer. I loved the challenge of flash cards as a kid. But clearly, I had to find another way for my […]
On our way to the pool yesterday, my son said, “So mom, we will do the lazy river, then the small pool, then after the adult break we will go the big pool until it is time to go, right?” “Sure,” I said…and then it dawned on me. This had become our routine. I could […]
I have a confession. I started a gratitude journal with my kids and let it fizzle out. Twice. I had planned to write as a family at dinner time. We wrote a few times over the course of a few weeks and unfortunately, it ran aground. So why am I starting a gratitude journal again? Aside […]