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One of my favorite quotes from the original Dumbo The story of Dumbo has always been very dear to me, but the story means even more to me now that I have a young child with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). While watching the delightful new live action film, I couldn’t help but notice many similarities between Dumbo and my daughter. I saw my daughter’s adorable charm and innocence in Dumbo, but most importantly, I saw her ADHD, which took...

My Baby Ballerina Before my daughter could walk, she could dance.  When she heard a song playing, she was moving her cute chubby baby arms to the beat.  Once she learned to walk, there was no stopping her from moving and grooving with her talented little legs.  When my baby girl turned three years old, I enrolled her in her first ballet class and she did absolutely amazing!  She listened to her instructor very well, followed directions great, and I feel she was one of the...

Visiting theme parks with children is so much fun! I’ll never forget my ADHDer’s smiling face when she first rode on Dumbo at Disneyland or when she got picked to talk to Crush at Disney’s California Adventure. It was truly magical! As a parent to two young girls, one with ADHD, I also know that waiting in lines at the Disneyland Resort and other amusement parks can be downright stressful for the entire family. Waiting in long lines can feel like a lifetime...

If you have a young child with ADHD (particularly a little girl), a great way to explain ADHD to them is to relate it to Elsa’s powers from Frozen. In case you’ve been living under a rock the past three years, Elsa is a queen who was born with ice powers. As a child, Elsa had a difficult time keeping her powers under control. (In case you haven’t caught on yet, the “powers” are ADHD.) Elsa once hurt her younger sister by accidentally blasting her...

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...

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