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Tonight I graduate

Tonight I graduate

Today is the last day I will be a high school student.  On  June 22,2017 I wrote my last exam and my high school career has now officially ended.  This made me want to stop and share a bit about how I feel right now before the big event. Tonight I graduate I did it. Against all odds including being kicked out of school in...

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Why Video Games are More Helpful Than You May Think... for kids with ADHD

Why Video Games are More Helpful Than You May Think... for kids with ADHD

If you're wondering whether spending time with video games and online friends is a good idea, they're actually more helpful for ADHD kids than you may think. The internet gives us a place to make friends where we are not judged. One of my closest friends is in California -- a 2-day drive from where I live. He's a best bud. We met...

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How To Follow Through on Big Scary Goals

How To Follow Through on Big Scary Goals

I learned that if I want something big like my Chief Scout Award I need to let the adults in my life know and ask for help to get there.

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Good Dad Bad Dad

Good Dad Bad Dad

Happy fathers day to all dads big and tall, short and small, ADHD dad... hang in there with us , we are worth it.

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3 Most Important Lessons for ADHD Parents: Listen, Acknowledge and Take the Pressure Off

3 Most Important Lessons for ADHD Parents: Listen, Acknowledge and Take the Pressure Off

I feel like I have the best parents in the world now that they understand me and my ADHD. It wasn't always that way. Having an ADHD Kid can be a huge challenge for parents. But learning these 3 most important lessons has changed our whole family. Parents, I hope these ideas will help you connect better with your ADHD Kids. We all...

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Parents: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, ADHD-Style

Parents: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, ADHD-Style

So if your ADHD kid is being annoying how about taking a step back and asking yourself if this is really worth even discussing. What else could you say today that would build a bridge, teach us a skills or help you bond with us?

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Stressed out  at School and needing to come Home

Stressed out at School and needing to come Home

A couple of weeks ago, I was so stressed out  at school that I left right in the middle of the day. Gone. Home. Have you ever felt so stressed, bored or frustrated at school that you were going to explode? Going home was literally my last resort strategy, but I just couldn't handle it anymore. I didn't have an angry explosion,...

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10 Things Parents Need to Know about ADHD Kids

10 Things Parents Need to Know about ADHD Kids

Here are 10 Things I think parents need to know so that they can actually help their kids with ADHD and support them. Don't worry about spoiling us, we need all the help we can get.

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Tell your ADHD Kid it Gets Better

Tell your ADHD Kid it Gets Better

If you're younger than me with ADHD, I just want you to know that it gets better. Hang in there.

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Challenge to Parents of ADHD Kids

Challenge to Parents of ADHD Kids

Last summer , a mom connected with me over Facebook. Sherry was hurt and frustrated with how the system can fail kids who have ADHD. She wanted to challenge parents of ADHD Kids -- to share their stories on this blog and even with their local media, and to help teachers learn to help kids who have ADHD. Sherry Cassidy made my...

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ADHD Kids Rock - How it started

ADHD Kids Rock - How it started

Hey, and Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends. I hope you'll write me some comments and tell me what you're thankful for. What's made a difference in your world this year? I'm thankful for YOU.  And I wouldn't have had a chance to connect with so many of you if no one had cared to ask me what my own dream was. So I'm...

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What's Next for ADHDKidsRock?

What's Next for ADHDKidsRock?

THANK YOU all for contributing to Kickstarter as well as sharing it so much with your friends and family! We have lots of work to do now, and I hope we'll get lots of people helping and sharing! Here's the plan: what's next for ADHDKidsRock.

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How Unschooling Saved My Son’s Love of Learning—And My Sanity!     

How Unschooling Saved My Son’s Love of Learning—And My Sanity!     

Ever thought about quitting school? What do you think about kids being home schooled? One of the cool moms who connected with me on Facebook has decided to do just that -- she's one of a growing number of parents who are "unschooling" their kids at home.

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My ADHD Son is My Superhero

My ADHD Son is My Superhero

Embrace your superhero and celebrate his bright, shining gift. When he grows up, he’ll never forget who cheered him on… and who didn’t.

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Parents of kids with ADHD are thanking me

Parents of kids with ADHD are thanking me

It's nice to be noticed. I feel really lucky to have a big community of people reading my blog and commenting on it and on Facebook. I thought I'd share some of the awesome notes I've received from the community, from parents, teachers and kids who like what I'm doing, and who are supportive. Here's a couple. Hi Jeff, I just want to...

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Don't shoot, mom... it's just ADHD

Don't shoot, mom... it's just ADHD

Please tell me this is a bad joke. I keep seeing blogs about the FDA approving a tranquilizer gun to calm kids with ADHD. WTF??

It's bad enough kids with ADHD kids get spanked and punished way more than other kids, now we are going to get shot at a distance by our well meaning parents when we are out of control. Put us to sleep so you don't have to deal with us!

Even if this is a joke it's not funny. When is the world going to start learning about ADHD and step up to help us instead of hurt us.

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Seek Help Early for Childhood Mental Health Issues

Seek Help Early for Childhood Mental Health Issues

If a child shows signs of a serious physical illness, most parents immediately see a doctor and investigate all the treatment options. Unfortunately, when a child is showing signs of mental health issues, many parents do not recognize the signs, or are not so quick to respond. Parents are sometimes slow to seek help for mental illness...

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Parenting a Child with ADHD

Parenting a Child with ADHD

It's OK mom. I hate to admit it but I used to yell at Jeff every morning, afternoon and night until I learned he has ADHD and how much it impacts his ability to do things.  From reading Jeff's ADHDkidsrock.com Facebook page, I realize that a lot of parents deal with the same sort of frustrations over day-to-day tasks when they're...

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Why the anger over ADHD Medication?

Why the anger over ADHD Medication?

People are angry at my parents for giving me ADHD medication.

When I was distracting the other kids and not doing my work the world was angry because I was being a derp. Now I'm a lot more focused and doing my work... and the world is angry (again!).

So... I want to know, what's behind this attitude that so many people seem to have -- that all drugs for ADHD and ADD are just plain BAD?

This stereotyping is hard on the kids. Let me tell you.

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This is the kind of support kids with ADHD need from teachers!

This is the kind of support kids with ADHD need from teachers!

Today my teacher sent my mom an e-mail...
What was great about this message of support was it came early enough in the day that I got a call from mom to go to the counselling office and take my meds (they have a supply there). My mom also now knows I'm a week behind on this assignment and it's a big one so she can help make sure it's on my list either to do myself or to work on with my tutor.

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Ready, set, GO! Five ways to Motivate Kids with ADHD

Ready, set, GO! Five ways to Motivate Kids with ADHD

Getting any child to do homework can be difficult at the best of times. But kids with ADHD need a little creative coaching from their parents and teachers. One of my favourite strategies is to use humour or fun to motivate kids. Combine learning the times tables with bouncing a basketball. Or help your child learn about fractions...

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Caught Red-Faced in the Men's Room

Caught Red-Faced in the Men's Room

Sometimes it takes an eye-opening event before others realize how much ADHD might affect your life. Here's what happened one day when I left my Auntie Barb in the men's bathroom at the park. I think you might get a kick out of hearing her tell it. It opened her eyes to the very real ways that having ADHD affects my life --...

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A Tip for Parents, Teachers & Leaders of ADHD Kids - Ask Don't Tell

A Tip for Parents, Teachers & Leaders of ADHD Kids - Ask Don't Tell

If you want me to do something, ask me. As a kid with ADHD, people often deal with me by raising their voices or becoming more stern in an effort to be more clear. Don't we all HATE getting told what to do? I have a backpack of burdens. A lot of things on my plate. But if you ask for my input, it's as though...

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