ADHD Mom: Weaning Your Nursing Child to Start Medication

Dec 14, 2014 by

 

Disclaimer:  Dammit Jim, I’m a … uh, not a doctor.  None of the following should be taken as medical advice!  Also, this is not a paid endorsement for Strattera.  If the drug doesn’t work out, I will be ditching it and will be back on here to tell you how miserable the experience was.  I’m really hoping that doesn’t happen though!

I was recently prescribed Strattera (atomoxetine) for the sort-of-but-not-really-a-surprise diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder I received a few months ago.  I was waiting to start this prescription because I’m still breastfeeding my younger daughter.  That was what my doctor recommended, anyway, although she did give me the trial pack and told me I could start the medication as soon as I wean her.

Home With the Kids: Make a “Got-Done” List

Dec 7, 2014 by

I have an excellent idea for a post.  Tragically, that idea will go unused for tonight, because I lack the fortitude to battle my current state of exhaustion.  This was a weekend known in this house as “drill weekend,” when DH spends both Saturday and Sunday up at the Guard base.  I, in contrast, spend all weekend pretending I can get work done while yelling at my kids not to pummel each other.  Boys, you ask?  No, I have two girls.  The four-year-old is more docile than the two-year-old, who likes to do these forceful body flops on her sister, the cat, my stomach, the floor.

A New Family Tradition for the Holidays: Black Friday/Post-Thanksgiving/Pre-Christmas Dinner

Nov 30, 2014 by

 

It's sort of Christmas! (Photo by M. Dunn)

It’s sort of Christmas!

This may come across as a mundane topic to many of you, but I was incredibly excited to put together an impromptu Thanksgiving feast for my family this year. I have never played host for my family on any major holiday. For the first time, I was beginning to feel a little sad about this. At first, I just wanted to feel like a grown-up, as pathetic as that may sound. Obviously I’m no longer a kid – I have a respectable career, own a house, and I’m raising two kids. What more do I need to prove my status as grown-up to the world? But this year, a new reason was introduced for my desire to take the dinner party reins: my parents recently divorced after 30-plus years of marriage. With that complication added to a pre-existing rift in my family, my husband and I were facing the prospect of attending two or three different functions on both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Three Ways You Put Things In Perspective When You’re a Mom Diagnosed With ADHD

Nov 22, 2014 by

I also love how I'm posting this in November.  [image via someecards]

I also love how I’m posting this in November.  (Image via Someecards.)

1. “Mommy Brain” becomes a nullity.

In my world, Mommy Brain is a thing, yet it is not. It was explained to me that I have been using intelligence my whole life to compensate for the organizational and other executive function deficits brought on by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD (the acronym “ADD” is still around, but it’s really the old name for this condition). The heightened and magnified stresses of raising children, on top of a demanding career and other numerous life challenges was what finally broke me. So I can still call my exacerbated struggle to keep it together, due to having kids now, “mommy brain” even though that name is really an allusion to an underlying brain-based disorder.

2. You worry (even more) about your kids.

Two Great Resources for Connecticut Parents of Children with Special Educational Needs

Nov 15, 2014 by

Yes, you can borrow from my extensive home education law library!  (Cat not included.)

Mingus guards my education law library.
Image by M. Dunn 

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything directly pertaining to the work I do with families of children with disabilities. I am a special education attorney who represents parents trying to obtain an appropriate educational program, known as an IEP which is short for Individualized Education Program, for their children with disabilities. This past week, I had the pleasure of speaking to parents of children with special needs, as well as other professionals who work with public school students with disabilities, about my work as well as some tips about special education advocacy.

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