I am failing as a mother. These words enter my head a lot. According to research, I am not alone. Research has found that parents of children with ADHD have significantly higher stress levels and feel less competent than their neurotypical peers. This is certainly true for the parents I know. This is certainly true… Continue reading Why it’s ok to fail as a parent
Dear Mum with a child (or children) with ADHD, You are incredible. I don’t say this lightly. I, too, am a Mum of children with ADHD. I know what it is like to lock myself in my wardrobe because I could not hold myself together for one more second. I know what it is like… Continue reading Dear Mum with a child with ADHD. I see you.
Do you ever feel that your reaction to getting an ADHD diagnosis for your child or adolescent was “wrong?” You will be incredibly pleased to know that there is no right or wrong way to react to getting an ADHD diagnosis. Emotions are incredibly complex things. They can jump up, take over and surprise us… Continue reading After the ADHD Diagnosis
The SHORRR Fire way (c) to get ADHD Done Differently with visuals Have you been told that visuals are vital for children with ADHD, but no matter how many times you have tried them, they just “don’t work” for your child? Well, you are not alone. The use of visuals for children with ADHD can… Continue reading How to use visuals for children & adolescents with ADHD
FOUR TIPS on Getting ADHD Done Differently in school transitions! My children are incredibly excited to be heading back to school next week for a whole new school year. My son is commencing high school, my daughter is heading into year three, and my youngest daughter will be in year two. All three of my… Continue reading Transitioning children with ADHD back to school
I love the Christmas holidays! I always have, and I always will. I love lots of family time, decorations, lights, food, baking, parties, presents, wrapping paper, and magic. It is also an extraordinary time where, as a Christian, I can reflect on and celebrate the birth of Jesus. However, up until a couple of years… Continue reading Top 5 tips for getting ADHD Done Differently in the Christmas Holidays!
Did you know that a speech pathologist (or speech-language pathologist) can have a vital role in the ADHD team? I have been a speech pathologist for almost 20 years and have extensive experience working with children with and without ADHD. In my experience, people don’t know what a speech pathologist does. They usually equate a… Continue reading What does a Speech Pathologist have to do with ADHD?
Research over the past 20-30 years, has led to significant changes in the way we view ADHD. We now know that ADHD is not a behavioural disorder, as once thought, but a complex neurodevelopmental disorder. We also now know that the majority of children and adolescents with ADHD have deficits in their executive function skills.… Continue reading Fill that Fuel Tank
In my Facebook saved folder, Pinterest boards and saved on my computer, I have hundreds of articles, suggestions, posts, and videos saved about raising children with ADHD. I am passionate about making sure my children reach their full potential. Anything I can do to help them, I will do. When I look through all these… Continue reading HELP! I can’t do it all
Parenting is hard. Parenting children with ADHD can feel impossible. The truth is that families who have a child with ADHD live with a significantly increased amount of stress compared with families of neurotypical (non-ADHD) children. If you have two children with ADHD, the amount of stress, more than doubles. Why? Inattention and distractibility can… Continue reading Take Pause
My kids started back to school again today for Term 3, after our mid-year holidays. And of course, this means the morning routine that goes along with it. Mornings are especially difficult for children and adolescents with ADHD - and their parents, of course! A study found that most parents and carers who have children… Continue reading School Mornings
Positive Discipline In our last blog, we talked about the difference between punishment and discipline. If you haven’t already, I will encourage you to go back and read that blog first and start there. Why? Because the most successful discipline for inappropriate behaviour and poor choices comes from a place of respect and love. Discipline… Continue reading Punishment vs Discipline – Part 2
Catch me making good choices Raising a child with ADHD is hard. There is no doubt about it. It is well documented that parents, particularly mothers, of children with ADHD live with considerably higher stress levels than parents with neurotypical children, and this stress level more than doubles with every child with ADHD within the… Continue reading Punishment vs Discipline – Part 1
When most people think of ADHD, they often think of the hyperactive boy being disruptive, naughty, and rude. What they do not picture is the girl who is sitting quietly doing her work at her desk. *Disclaimer: This blog contains affiliate links at no additional cost to you, however I will earn a small commission… Continue reading ADHD in Girls
Content in this blog contains discussions of infertility, miscarriage, suicidal ideation, mental illness and mental health crisis, which some readers may find triggering. If you need support at any time, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Australia) at 1800-273-8255, reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741 741 or call Lifeline on… Continue reading SEEK HELP
I was listening to a podcast this week about how to raise children who know their purpose. It struck a chord with me and began ruminating about my three children: their talents, their dreams, their skills, and their personalities. My 11-year-old son is quick witted, extremely creative, musically talented, very insightful, popular, and extremely social.… Continue reading Reframing ADHD
Do you feel like you tell your child with ADHD the same thing over and over but they never learn or remember? Are you facing the same battles day in and day out? Have you have tried everything you can think of to change their behaviour, but it seems, no matter how many times you… Continue reading The Point of Performance for children with ADHD – Home Edition!
“Every kid these days ends up diagnosed with ADHD.” “It’s just made up to cover up bad parenting.” “Back in my day there was no ADHD. It was called, sit down, shut up and do your work or you will get a smack, not drugging them to make them listen.” I’m sure everyone who has… Continue reading How to deal with non believers and unsolicited advice. Creating Team ADHD.
Our brain is like a double story house. It has both an upstairs and a downstairs. Disclosure: Please note this blog post may contain affiliate links. If you click on the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you. Downstairs is the primitive part of our… Continue reading 5 Questions to ask after Emotional Dysregulation
I’ll never forget the day I first used emotion coaching with my son who has ADHD. He looked at me, burst into tears and came straight over for a cuddle. I was in disbelief. This was in stark contrast to the screaming, spitting, destructive child who had been present a few seconds before. Emotion coaching… Continue reading Let’s Talk Feelings
Part 1 – Why is my child so emotional? In my opinion, the most challenging aspect of living with and parenting a child with ADHD, isn’t the frustrating inattention and distractibility, the exhaustion of constant hyperactivity, or even the potentially dangerous impulsivity. Sure, these things are extremely difficult. However, for me, the hardest part of… Continue reading Emotional dysregulation in children with ADHD