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First thing’s first. The title is very misleading, but it got you to click on the link, didn’t it? 🙂 All parents know what grounding is. It’s what they do with their children who misbehave. Currently, my three-year-old is grounded from the iPad for hitting her sister. However, parents of children with anxiety may practice a different type of grounding. Allow me to give you a little bit of background first. These days, many adults have had some experience...

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...

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