About

!Hola!  I’m Nicole!  I’m a mom, an online Spanish teacher and tutor, living 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 living “abroad” in Puerto Rico. 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.

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My eldest son, B, my now four-year-old son, R, and my husband, A, at Wintergreen, Virginia.

Home life

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 suggests wats we’ve created a calmer and stress-reduced household. The better I manage my ADHD, the better I can support my children.

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Reading with my youngest while waiting for the Town Center concert to begin.

School life

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 the 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!

Travel with Children

We are moving to Puerto Rico fall of 2019.  I’ve moved hell and high water to sell my house and get my children enrolled in bilingual schools so they can learn Spanish and I can take a break from traditional work to focus on my own children.  If you’re interested in learning how we did it, follow our IG account: @familyADDventures!

The purpose of this blog is to empower and connect those of us living with, and caring for someone with ADHD.  Welcome to our Family ADDventures!

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Reflecting with my daughter, L, in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.

You can find me on Facebook and on Instagram.

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