The new puppy (and practicing what I preach)

Before Christmas, my younger son mentioned that he and his girlfriend were thinking of getting a puppy. He asked, “What do you think?” So I told him! Puppies are so much work; like having a baby! They

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What to do if your teen stops trying

I remember how it felt back when my son with ADHD was a teen: as time went on, it was clear that I cared WAY more than he did about just about everything. He seemed content to just coast along and the

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The truth about worrying

When my sons were younger, I was a worrier. In fact, I’m not an athlete but I could’ve gotten a gold medal in worrying if that was a thing! (And a silver medal in guilt trips, but that’s

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Stop the insanity!

Maybe you’ve heard the quote, “The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result.” While that may be true, I think it begs the question: How can you

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That time I walked home from school: why you should let your kids learn lessons ‘the hard way’

I had a very insulated, protected life growing up. I’m not exaggerating! For example, my mom would make us unplug all the TVs and fans and stay off the phone (and the toilet) during thunderstorms…and

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Teaching teens how to say ‘I’m sorry’: the 6 Rs of a real apology

One thing is for sure when you have a teen with ADHD (or any teen for that matter): you will likely encounter a lot situations where they make a mistake, screw something up or get in trouble and they come

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How to feel better no matter what your teen does (or doesn’t do)!

I remember when my son was a teen. So many days I felt so miserable and had no idea how to feel better! I would find myself thinking, “If only he’d _____(fill in the blank with the opposite

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Food for thought: how to make family dinners something everyone looks forward to (even your teen!)

Most of us have heard experts say that it’s important for families to have dinner together. But what can you do if your dinners end up like the ones many parents of teens with ADHD tell me about–where

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Are you an emotional wreck since your child’s ADHD diagnosis? You could be in mourning!

As a parent of child with ADHD, you likely feel a lot of different emotions on a daily (and sometimes hourly!) basis: from frustration, and anger to guilt and hopelessness, it can feel like you’re on

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