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Does Your Child Have ADHD? Non-Clinical Clues from a Mom

Does Your Child Have ADHD? Non-Clinical Clues from a Mom

Figuring out if your child has ADHD can be hard. What behaviors are normal and which are not? Learn about determining if your child has ADHD.

What are the clues that your child has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD? To start, HealthyPlace has a quiz you can take (Free Online ADHD Child Quiz). It includes many of the typical signs of ADHD. However, as a parent, I realize you didn’t come here to learn how clinicians see the disorder. You want to know how ADHD looks and feels on a daily basis. You want to know if you’re overreacting to behaviors or not. You want to know if your child has ADHD.

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Manage Problem Behaviors Caused by Childhood Mental Illness

Manage Problem Behaviors Caused by Childhood Mental Illness

It’s important to know how to manage your child’s problem behaviors caused by mental illness when you’re not there. When your child struggles with mental illness, going into public can be terrifying. More terrifying is wondering what your child is doing in public when you’re not there (Parenting Children with Behavior Problems). One of my son’s diagnoses is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I’ll discuss more specifics about parenting children with ADHD throughout March, but for now, just know that ADHD sometimes makes children socially awkward and they display problem behaviors that you need to manage even when you’re not there.

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Moving on from Parenting a Child with Mental Illness

Moving on from Parenting a Child with Mental Illness

Hiya readers. Moving can be a challenge. It can stress you out. It is hard to leave something behind and scary to face a different future. At some point, all of us – parents and children – go through this. For kids, it can be moving on from one grade to another, one classroom to another or even from one subject to another. For parents, it can be moving on from one job to another or from being a parent to parenting a child with mental illness. Transitions are hard, but they happen to all of us.

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Parenting Lessons: Tough Parents Persevere

Parenting Lessons: Tough Parents Persevere

Yesterday, I celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. day by spending it with Bob. As I thought of what to write about this week, I thought of Mr. King and his dream. It was his dream to see people of all backgrounds together in harmony. This was a big dream. Almost impossible even. How could one man do such a thing? Martin Luther King, Jr. did so with perseverance.

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Parenting Lessons: Giving Thanks

Parenting Lessons: Giving Thanks

Giving thanks is something many do around Thanksgiving. We parents try to teach our children that saying thank you shows kindness to others (not to mention good parenting). But, what about saying ‘thank you’ to your child?

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Parenting Lessons: Practice Kindness

Parenting Lessons: Practice Kindness

Kindness is one of the sweetest ways to show love to your special needs child. Last week, I wrote about being the kind of parent you’d like for yourself. Sometimes because of my own stress and issues, I’m not very kind to Bob. Instead of responding in a loving manner, I have responded rudely and end up shutting down what could be a great conversation. I know this isn’t something that only happens with me.

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3 Ways to Help Your Special Needs Child in the Classroom

3 Ways to Help Your Special Needs Child in the Classroom

Hiya parents! As school has been in session a little over a five weeks, I wanted to share some tips to help your special needs child in the classroom. One of the biggest challenges parents of children with mental illness have is dealing with issues in the classroom. How can you possibly work on something with your special needs child if you’re not even in the classroom? Well, these are tips that can help you help your special needs child.

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How Aunt Flo Affects My Parenting

How Aunt Flo Affects My Parenting

As a professional in mental health counseling with a strong background in Behavior Modification, I can tell when my patterns change. In the infamous words of SpongeBob SquarePants, I’m a crabby patty. For two weeks a month, premenstrual syndrome and menstruation (aka Aunt Flo) affect me and in turn, Bob.

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Conversations: 6 Mental Illness Advocacy Tips (pt 2)

Conversations: 6 Mental Illness Advocacy Tips (pt 2)

In my last post I shared three tips for having tough conversations with loved ones about your child’s mental illness. If you haven’t had a chance to read them, check them out. Here are my final three tips on how to advocate for your child and get support from others. Tough conversations are hard, but with these tips, people can come around.

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Conversations: 6 Mental Illness Advocacy Tips

Conversations: 6 Mental Illness Advocacy Tips

Hiya readers! Mental illness advocacy is important and can take place even in the context of your own family. I recently shared some of my challenges in giving my father the talk about Bob’s ADHD diagnosis.  It wasn’t easy. For a few reasons – the biggest one being that I was afraid of how my father would react. For someone like me who wasn’t allowed the freedom to feel all of my feelings (including anger) towards my father, I grew up thinking that I couldn’t ever be upset because it was SO scary for me. So you can imagine advocating for my son’s mental illness didn’t come easy to me.

I grew up thinking that my heart was going to jump out of my chest anytime I thought about asserting myself much less confronting someone. Before having my child, I didn’t. I was more passive in showing my feelings. They existed, but in a roundabout way.

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