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  • How to Beat the Boredom Nightmare with ADHD

    Whether camp has already been canceled or you’re uneasy about sending your kids to a modified version, it's troubling to plan for this summer of 2020.  Whatever your choices are, the threat of boredom can feel like a nightmare for individuals and families living with ADHD. 

  • ADHD and Vulnerability: How to Reboot Under Stress

    As the world’s shifted over the past month, it’s logical to tell ourselves to crank it up and knock off the projects looming on our to-do list.  But when the ADHD brain senses danger or stress it powers down to survival mode causing less effective problem-solving and vulnerability to perceived failure.

  • How to Transition in These Scary Times with ADHD

    With COVID-19 and shelter-in-place recommendations, the transition to staying at home isn't easy. It's understandable to have challenges balancing your kids' e-learning with working at home, or keeping up with your business while staying motivated. 

  • ADHD and Uncertain Times: How to Get Things Done Now!

    In these uncertain times, it’s tough to manage our work, our families, and ourselves. Add the extra layer of living with ADHD and related challenges, and it can be overwhelming to problem-solve, make decisions, communicate and follow-through. 

  • How to Stop the Tug of War with Routines and ADHD

    When you live with ADHD, you face the ongoing tug-of-war between your need for structure and order and your craving to appeal to the creative, spontaneous side of who you are. 

  • Eliminate Marketing Guesswork for Entrepreneurs with ADHD!

    When you live with ADHD, it can be tough to stay on track of all the moving parts running a business– from triaging endless emails, managing multiple projects, and sharing lots of great content with your customers and clients. 

  • ADHD in Relationships: How to Overcome Frustration Now!

    Living with ADHD can contribute to misunderstandings, frustration, and resentment in relationships. It's important to understand that the symptoms of ADHD aren’t what’s causing challenges, but rather how each person responds to the symptoms. The first step to transforming your relationships, whether it be with a partner, child, or colleague, is to understand how ADHD is showing up. 

  • Overcome Hidden Obstacles Living With ADHD

    For people with ADHD, motivation for satisfying intentions, goals and commitments can become muddied by self-judgment, self-criticism, and underlying messages that “I’m not good enough.”  

  • Stop Burnout: How to Find Your Joy with ADHD

    For individuals and families living with ADHD, this time of year can be a spell of more chaos, burnout, and stress. Here are three ways to bring in the season with lasting joy so we can practice resilience in even the toughest of times. 

  • Stuck in the Dependency Trap? Launch Your Adult with ADHD

    As parents we know all too well how living with our complex kids have shaped our lives. We are used to fiercely advocating and navigating our lives around our kids’ needs. But over time, our well-meaning, painstaking and often enervating accommodation routines can unintentionally strengthen dependency. 

  • How to Crush Screen Overuse with ADHD

    Many adults and parents living with ADHD are anxious and concerned about their experience with a magnetic attraction to the internet, mobile technology, and videogames. Here are four strategies you can put into place to monitor and curb screen time when living with ADHD. 

  • ADHD Stressing You Out? How to Gain Control Now!

    Stress has a way of finding a constant place in our lives. Tack on living with challenges such as hyperactivity, trouble focusing, and poor organizational skills, stress comes with the territory. Living with ADHD can lead to feelings of overwhelm, hopelessness and loss of control as well as co-existing mental health conditions. However, no matter how stressful things get, you can regain control.

  • How To Be School-Ready With ADHD

    We do our best as parents and teachers to vigilantly support our students throughout their school years. The challenge is that by the time our kids reach high school, our well-intended support can backfire when our students do not learn skills for themselves. As well-meaning parents, we tend to shield our kids from experiencing failure because it’s painful to watch, as their self-esteem plunges. Our task is to figure out how to best pass the baton onto our kids when the ADHD brain may need more experiences than what is perceived as typical for learning to take place. 

  • Help for Outbursts and Frustration in ADHD Now

    Summer’s in full swing and for families living with ADHD that means freedom from homework headaches and school stress. The hope is a more relaxed, less structured summer. That said, we know all too well that small setbacks can blow up into frustration, outbursts and meltdowns. With summer finally here, how do we manage these long sunny days, so “the livin’ is easy?” 

  • The Best Chicago Summer Fun & How to Calm the ADHD Chaos

    Summer. Sunshine. Play. Chicago summers mean sandy beaches, troll hunts and fireworks all season long. Chicago has a lot to offer families, whether you live here, or are visiting for a Chicago adventure. We need to hold in mind that transitions are tough when we live with ADHD so we can prepare for and enjoy our summer bucket list. 

  • Why ADHD and Mindfulness are a Promising Twosome

    When it comes to ADHD, mindfulness develops awareness and attention.  Mindfulness is learning to step back and observe one’s thoughts and feelings, without judgment. What results is a resilient, more positive self-image for adults and kids with ADHD. 

  • Three Laws to Support ADHD Students

    School can be tough for learners with ADHD. It can be challenging to keep track of assignments and follow through on projects. On top of that, it's tough to keep track of the various services available to our students with ADHD. 

  • Four Tips to Reduce Clutter and Stress with ADHD

    If you or a loved one has ADHD, you know all too well that managing things and stuff can be overwhelming. Unless those things involve your personal interests, your mind may focus on other things that interest you.

  • Stay Mindful with Intentions

    I believe in goals and resolutions; I’m a coach, after all! I work with parents and families as we set goals together. Personally, I set annual business goals and biweekly goals with my accountability partner. Goals help us plan and accomplish our dreams. But what happens when life gets in the way? How do we manage the bumps in the road? That’s when intentions are helpful for managing the load.

  • Four Ways to Make the Most of Family Time

    Our three kids loved the Chicago Museum of Science of Industry, with so many fascinating exhibits you could barely cover it all in a day! Plenty of preparation went into planning this day-long trip to the south side of Chicago.

  • Go To Bed, Stay In Bed

    “I just want to tell you one more thing before I go to bed!” “Can I have a banana? I’m hungry!” “I need to cuddle the dog one more time.” “I barely got any screen time!” Settling down to bed, staying there, and surrendering to sleep can be challenging for our kids with ADHD.  

  • Three Ways to Talk to Siblings About ADHD

    To this day I don’t know what it was that upset my son with ADHD; it all happened so fast. Finally off with our three kids on our cross country driving trip, we stopped for lunch in a small country town. Angry and upset, our son disappeared at a brisk pace across the street and out of sight. 

  • Are You Having Fun With Your ADHD Kids?

    I swore I would never turn into The Taskmaster. But here I was, about to lose it over yet another of my son's missed homework assignments.

  • Let Go of Judgment - Parenting a Child with ADHD

    There we were, in the front foyer of the restaurant, my ADHD son screaming, barely catching his breath in frustration. Do I cave and let him have his way or do I hold my ground? Mortified and exasperated, I felt I had failed my child and failed as a parent. 

  • Six Strategies to Manage Your Emotions and Problem-Solve

    If you're a person with ADHD you may feel your emotions more strongly and react to them more immediately. 

  • Three Ways to Make a Decision and Get Things Done

    If you are a person living with ADHD, chances are decision-making can at times be overwhelming and can delay getting things done.

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