Hi! I’m a mom, a public school Spanish teacher and a homeschool parent with the inattentive type of ADHD. My husband has the hyperactive type and my 11-year-old son has the combined type. We are a family of five. I struggled for the first 4 years of my eldest son’s life to be a “good” mom. Parenting was challenging because my son was “difficult.” I read and learned everything I could. I made it my mission to help my son be the best he could be. It’s been a bumpy road.
An AHDH household is sometimes unruly and unwieldy. It can be chaotic, full of loud voices and heightened emotions. In the past 3 years, my family has made huge strides in calming our brains, edifying our relationships with one another and finding ways to THRIVE, not just survive, with ADHD.
If you’ve been told by a doctor that you’re just busy and couldn’t possibly need medication, get a second opinion. If you know that your child is smarter than her grades show, listen to your gut. This blog aims to provide families with the tools they need to create a calmer and stress-reduced household. We also empower ADHD moms and dads to manage their ADHD so they can better support their children.
As a teacher, I have worked with countless parents and their ADHD students. By administering accommodations in my classroom, students become more confident learners. School success is possible! You can establish positive relationships with classroom teachers and administrators, build leverage through child’s doctor and/or therapist, and start the process for ADHD and LD testing through the school. Testing gives you and your child a clearer picture of her learning needs and strengths. It sparks the mindset change of a lifetime!
As a homeschool mom, I understand that public school doesn’t work for everyone. There are students, especially diverse learners, whose creativity may snuff out. General education programs require a uniformity of testing and academics that may shortchange some of our brightest children. Homeschooling is new to me, but I share my process and program each step of the way. It’s an option some parents miss.
The purpose of this blog is to empower, educate and connect those of us living with, and caring for someone with ADHD. Welcome to our Family ADDventures!
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