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My six year old daughter isn’t like most kids.  She has ADHD and has a difficult time staying focused on her homework.  An assignment that takes an average child 15 minutes to complete takes my daughter at least 30 minutes.  It’s not because she isn’t as smart as her classmates.  She is actually very bright (and no, I’m not just saying that because I’m her mother).  To put it quite simply, my daughter’s brain is wired differently.  She gets distracted by everything.  (If I am not monitoring...

In today’s society, it is expected to have your child in some sort of extracurricular activity. Whether they play a sport or a musical instrument, join a group like the Boy Scouts, or get involved in performing arts, it doesn’t really matter what it is as long as they are involved in something outside of school. That is the way it seems to be where I live anyway, which is Silicon Valley. Some parents take it to the extreme though. For example, I know a few seven year olds who are in four extracurricular activities and just the thought...

To help gain awareness about ADHD in children, I conducted an interview with two extraordinary six year olds (One with ADHD and one without). I posted the interview on YouTube and it gained popularity very quickly. (It currently has over 210,000 views.) The positive feedback I received from the public is astounding and I want to thank each and every one of you for your support. When I tell people that my daughter has ADHD, they automatically assume she is constantly running around nonstop like the Energizer Bunny and a nightmare for...

Public schools for grades K-12 have IEPs (Individualized Educational Plan) and 504 Plans put in place for children with learning disabilities and attention issues. (Difference Between IEP and 504 Plans) Many private schools however do not receive government subsidies for their education programs.  So what’s a parent to do? DO your research, DO find out what works best for your child, and absolutely DO advocate for your child. My daughter has ADHD (Combined type) and goes to a private Catholic school. I have to admit, I was a little...

People have a wonderful way of identifying to music and relating the lyrics to their own lives. When I was younger and boy-crazy, it was all about love songs for me. Now that I’m a mother, I find myself identifying with songs in many different ways. When I first heard Rachel Platten’s “Stand By You,” I immediately thought of my six year old daughter who has ADHD. In fact, I identified with the song so strongly that it brought me to tears. I felt like the song described my feelings, thoughts, and emotions as her...

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