This is exciting stuff!
I feel so fortunate to be able to help other parents on a similar special parenthood journey through writing articles and and books. I get as much from it as I give. I have still felt like I wasn’t doing enough though. So many parents and kids are still struggling more than necessary.
What I really want is to help families on a more personal level, much more than Read More
A couple years ago, I wrote an article called, 10 Things Kids with ADHD (and their mommas) wish teachers knew. I certainly touched a nerve with that one — it’s the most-read post of all time on my site, with over 22,000 views.
Now that my son, Ricochet, is a little older and in middle school, I find I’m constantly wishing I could make teachers accept certain things about my son, and about his disabilities. Things that he cannot pinpoint or express. I know there are plenty of you that can relate! Here are my top 10. Read More
It’s healthy for parents to vent
Parenting a kid with ADHD and/or autism can feel exhausting, frustrating, and challenging at times. Often it can leave you needing to reach out to others for advice and to vent exasperation and concerns — friends, family, teachers, therapists, and other people that are important in the child’s life. As Penny says, “For some families it takes a village to raise a child but it takes an ‘army’ to raise a child with ADHD and autism.”
Can you relate to a situation like this? “This day has been an absolute nightmare. I literally asked him to brush his teeth 15 times before I lost it. He had plenty of warning. He just doesn’t listen. It’s like he’s purposely ignoring me. I can’t take this anymore. My own child says he hates me. I’ve tried everything and nothing works with this kid!”Read More
You know you’re an autism mom when…
When you’re the only parent on an overnight school field trip, and you had to invite yourself, you might be an autism mom.
Today, Ricochet and I headed almost three hours down the road to attend the robotics competition with his middle school team. As I sat in the convention center, surveying the sea of blue-shirted teens, I realized I was the only parent in the room. There had to be at least 200-300 kids in this one part of the competition, and I was the only momma there. At that moment, I most definitely felt like Read More
What It’s Like to Raise a Child with ADHD (and Autism)
There’s a lot of information about kids with ADHD/autism out there. You could go to any number of sources and learn more about raising a child with one or both of these disorders. So, I thought it would be good to share my story, so you know what is unique about ParentingADHDandAutism.com, and know you’re not alone in this special parenthood.
I am honored that our own resident emotional health expert, Jackie Flynn, invited me back on her Parenting in the Rain podcast to share my story, as well as the #1 thing I’ve learned about parenting kids with ADHD and autism. Read More
When you thought about having children, what were your dreams for your child? Happiness? Success? Financial security? A close circle of friends? A job they love? Did you want to protect your child from pain?
We all have dreams for our kids.
But as your kid grew, perhaps you noticed your child wasn’t like the other kids. Read More
Is homework the worst time of day for you and your child with ADHD or autism?
Who else has homework battles with their child with ADHD and/or Autism… and would like it to be calmer, more productive, and quicker?
Is homework time in your home like a battle? With feelings of exhaustion, frustration, and lots and lots of yelling and screaming at the one(s) that you love the most? Have you ever braced yourself for homework time, like one would brace themselves before a crash?
It can be emotionally overwhelming for sure.
Many parents say that they feel like a drill sergeant yelling at their child, dreading every second of homework, questioning their own sanity, and wondering if a later dose of medication is necessary just to make homework more bearable.Read More
One is Not Like the Other
For a long time now, our culture has supported the social norm that people should strive to be more like everyone else. I think human nature plays a part in it (longing to belong), but it is certainly encouraged and strengthened by the messages we are bombarded with on a daily (hourly, really) basis. No doubt. We get these messages from peers, media, advertising, government, and even teachers.
So what are those with differences to do when they just cannot meet this expectation to be more like everyone else? Feel bad about themselves? That’s exactly what happens. And it happens to all of us at one point or another; too many times to count for most. It’s our culture. It has become part of the American way of life.
But it happens to those with disabilities at an overwhelming rate. Read More
Summer camp seems like a right of passage for childhood, but isn’t always a great fit for all kids. Children with developmental disabilities — like ADHD and/or autism — often struggle with social interactions, anxiety, and being in an unfamiliar environment. There are summer camps designed specifically to offer a successful camp experience, and even growth and improvement, for kids with disabilities.Read More
I’m an award-winning author, parenting mentor, and ADHD-obsessed momma on a mission, dedicated to helping you survive and thrive in this special parenthood.