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When my daughter was 17 months old, I began potty training her and it was actually fairly easy to do. I had originally planned on waiting until she was two years old to start potty training her, because I was a first time mom who treated What To Expect During The Toddler Years as my bible, but I ended up being one of the lucky moms who had an eager child very interested in wanting to use the toilet at a young age. I went ahead and got her a cute little princess potty chair, a book about using the potty, and stickers galore. Much of my...

When my first grader comes home from school, I always take out the work she brought home from school and we go over it together. It’s a part of our after school routine before she starts her homework. I ask her questions about her assignments and she tells me what her favorite assignments were and why. I always make sure I make a big deal about her wonderful handwriting, the unique colors she chose to use to color a picture, and I compliment her on the effort she put...

I feel like changing the lyrics of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song to “Your ADHD is like a rollercoaster, baby,” because that is exactly what raising my child with ADHD feels like. Let me explain. The Beginning: At the beginning of a rollercoaster, particularly if it is your first time, you feel anxious and nervous, because you don’t know what to expect. Although my husband and I had our suspicions that our then five year old daughter had ADHD, I was still...

For almost a year now, my daughter with ADHD has been suffering from depression. When her doctor diagnosed her with depression, I was shocked and I didn’t know what to say. I was like a deer in headlights. “But she’s six years old,” I said. “How could she have depression?” According to WebMD, 2.5% of children in the US have depression, but in a study done with 125 children with ADHD, 39% of those children had depression. So why is depression much higher with children who have ADHD? Kids with ADHD have...

It occurred to me that I mostly write about the struggles and challenges my daughter with ADHD faces and that is just not fair. I think parents of ADHDers can all agree that while having ADHD can make life more difficult and stressful for both our children and ourselves at times, it also provides our children with a lot of amazing qualities. These qualities are going to allow our children to go far in life and become very successful. Many people with ADHD grow up to be entrepreneurs, inventors, and trend-setters. Very important and famous...

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