School has ironically never been an area that my son’s ADHD and anxiety has caused him major struggles. Instead, he held it together all day, and then fell apart all night in the safety net of my home. Still, I called a 504 meeting for several reasons. First, I wanted it on the record that… Read More We Press On
My son is the most amazing person I know. He’s smart, kind and creative. He can spend hours drawing amazing comic books and often gets teary eyed at the end of sad movies. My favorite thing about my kiddo is he is always down for a hug or cuddle puddle. My dude has so many… Read More The Reset Button
My son always had some struggles with peers, the need for constant limit-setting, and an immense amount of energy. Despite doing well in school and no major problems that we were aware of, he would cry for hours at night about not wanting to go to school the next day. We had tried therapy twice… Read More I Wish I Could Die
This has been a great school year for my older daughter, who turned five last summer and was super excited to start kindergarten at the magnet school where she has attended preschool for the past two years. She has made new friends, learned to read, and become more confident socially. She gets pulled out of… Read More Failing Kindergarten!
I was frozen in place this morning, unable to move or think of what to do next. It was the perfect storm of tiredness and mental frenzy. I wouldn’t call it a panic attack, because I wasn’t panicking, although I was certainly worried and stressed. It’s sort of like I just shut down for a… Read More Early to Bed, Early to Rise: No.
Having a third child is not in the cards for me. I’m entering my late 30s—nay, I have indeed arrived. I have my hands full with a kid starting kindergarten and the other one starting preschool this fall. And I’m investing nearly all of my creative energy into my work, with scant time left… Read More How to Decide If You Should Have a Third Child
I can’t tell if my Adderall is working or not. I have had mixed results over the course of the first week on it, starting at half the target dose. Now that I’m on my third day at the target dose, I can’t say for certain that it’s doing what it’s supposed to be doing,… Read More ADHD Mom: Fun with Amphetamines, Part 2 (Is It Working?)
A thing that happens when you’re diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 35, after quite a bit of life experience, is that you suddenly look back on all the work you’ve done in school, your career, etc., and wonder how much more you could have accomplished if you had been diagnosed earlier. You speculate… Read More ADHD Mom: Fun With Amphetamines
The girl’s violence struck the library like a bolt of lightning, drawing a gasp from the teacher and the librarian alike. Awkwardness soon followed the initial shock, and then the two adults exchanged a glance for a shrug. It was over. The teacher continued shuttling the children out into the hallway, back to the kindergarten… Read More Why Parents Have a Hard Time Talking to Teachers About Their Children’s Needs
As if I knew the answer to that question, right? I have Googled this very question, paraphrased in various ways, more than once. Heck, perhaps that’s how you landed here now. If so, like you I have wondered and struggled and suffered through deciding. I have sat across from my wife, daughter, her pediatrician, teachers, and mentors in tears, wondering… Read More When Should You Medicate Your Child?