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 […]
Looking at our own behavior can be a great way to help explosive teens be, well, less explosive! As parents of explosive kids we can learn how our own behavior can contribute to our kids’ explosions. See some great examples, too!
If you need ideas to help your ADHD child to do their chores, this is for you! We talk about all the great benefits of doing chores as well as 10 pro tips for getting them to actually do them.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
As a parent of 2 kids with ADHD, there are many things that overwhelm me when it comes to making choices for my children. 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 […]
Protein is such an important mood stabilizing, brain boosting nutrient for our ADHD Kids. In this post, I focus more heavily on many sources of protein for your ADHD kiddo that might not be as familiar to you. Perhaps I should title this, Protein Sources for ADHD Kids who don’t really like meat or […]
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. […]
Getting a neuropsychological test for your ADHD child is so valuable and this mom of two ADHD kids tells you everything you need to know about getting your child a test for adhd.
Reflex Integration therapy has been one of the best natural treatments for ADHD I have found in my 8 year search to improve the symptoms of ADHD in my two boys. Simple powerful movements can really work wonders for focus and behaviors.
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, […]
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
As a reading teacher, a Simplicity parenting coach and a mom of two boys with ADHD, raising kids who love to read has always been a priority for me. I’ve been able to beat the odds (Kids with ADHD most often have trouble learning to read) and raise two prolific readers of my own. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
. 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 […]
Many ADHD kids struggle to become readers and usually schools are of little help. Fancy programs are developed to try to improve reading and raise test scores. While these are (mostly) done with good intentions, they usually don’t look at the obvious – what can we learn from a great reader? Both of my […]
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 […]
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 […]
“Have a great summer!!! Oh, and practice your math facts!” Was this one of the last things you heard from your kid’s teacher? Was it written on their last report card? I know I wrote it on about 98% of my class’ year end reports. And why is this so important, you ask? Kids really […]
This is such a popular post that I keep updating it. My kids are older, but we still focus on reading lots in the summer. These ideas are still great for my middle schoolers! Ahhh, those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer have begun around here. I am trying to not over plan things, really. […]
Working full time has really limited the time I can spend with my boys. By the time I pick them up and get them home, it is often time for dinner, then showers, then bed. If I am not careful, I cane easily get caught up in the to do’s and spend my evening […]
I have such a fondness for kid’s writing. The labored handwriting, the invented spelling, and the simple, lovely thoughts that are put to paper make my heart melt. With my kids, the goal has always been to have them feel comfortable with writing. From scribbles, to printing, to cursive, I have encouraged the expression […]
In addition to getting out all of our holiday decorations about this time of year, we get out a box of treasured holiday books. My boys literally squeal with excitement, drop everything and run to revisit these books. Some we have had for many years, a few titles are relatively new. Here is […]
With the school year in full swing, you already have an idea about how your kids are faring. Maybe they are loving everything about school…and maybe they are not. Perhaps sitting down to do homework is something no one looks forward to…especially you. Having a child who struggles with writing can be extremely difficult and […]