The other night while googling ADD/ADHD topics, I discovered a new website I had never visited before. I liked it so much I wanted to share the link!

My favorite part of the website? I’m glad you asked. 🙂

You can download a simple and user-friendly toolkit in PDF format, for FREE! Just go to the link below and in the bottom right-hand corner, you’ll see a link for the toolkit. Click on the appropriate grade level and voila! Enjoy! 🙂



* WordPress has challenged their bloggers with a campaign to blog once a week (or once a day for the crazy keeners) in 2011 and I love a challenge! Damn you, WordPress geniuses! 🙂

They suggested that I share my intentions with you all, so that you know what I’m up to and can encourage me with comments and “likes” along the way.

Wish me luck!

Celebrities with ADD / ADHD

January 11, 2011

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I have included below a link to, where you can find a list of celebrities who live with ADHD each day.

Your children may or may not know all of these names and that’s ok. Go through the list with them and google the names of those they don’t recognize. Help them learn more about the successes others with ADHD have found. It could be a great conversation starter. 🙂

It’s always a good idea for anyone living with ADHD to have a little something like this in their back pocket. That way, the next time that really annoying mom from the school association starts to brag about how perfect her children are (yeah, sure they are) and how she “feels” for your son or daughter because they must find grade 6 so hard, with ADHD and all, you’ll be ready for her. Stand up for yourself and your child and put her in her place with a few of the more famous ADHD success stories. 🙂 Good luck!

  • Justin Timberlake – Musician and Actor
  • Jamie Oliver – Chef
  • Karina Smirnoff – Professional Dancer on Dancing With The Stars
  • Will Smith – Actor
  • Howie Mandel – Host of Deal or No Deal
  • Paris Hilton – Heiress and Actress
  • Paul Orfales – Founder of Kinko’s
  • Michelle Rodriguez – Actress on LOST
  • David Neeleman – Founder of JetBlue Airways
  • Michael Phelps – Professional Athlete and Olympian
  • Jim Carrey – Actor
  • Ty Pennington – Host of Extreme Makeover – Home Edition.
  • Sir Richard Branson – Founder of Virgin Atlantic Airline

For more on each of these celebrities, click on the link below.

Celebrities with ADHD

*Know of other ADHD success stories? Send me a message or comment below and tell us. 🙂


January 10, 2011

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Sooooo…it’s been awhile since my last post. I could elaborate on the many reasons why I haven’t been writing much lately but I’ll spare you the details. I will say that the past few months have provided lots of inspiration for future posts and I look forward to sharing some of what we’ve been trying and what we’ve learned.

I have been reading a lot lately about the benefits of going gluten-free. Though I haven’t made up my mind whether we may want to try it in our family (I need to do more reading before deciding), I can tell you some of the recipes look pretty good! 🙂

So, for those of you who are eating a gluten-free diet, here’s a dessert recipe for you! Click HERE.

The Naughty Step

October 16, 2010

For those of you with young children (with or without ADHD), you know that discipline can be a challenge. However, there are some techniques out there that can help.

One that worked for me when D was little was ‘The Naughty Step’. This technique has been seen by many on the popular parenting show ‘Supernanny’, where Nanny Jo Frost teaches it to parents struggling with children who have been lacking the necessary discipline.

There are also variations on the theme such as ‘The Naughty Stool’ and my personal favorite ‘The Naughty Mat’ – for those who like to discipline on the go. 😉

Watch the clip below to see Nanny Frost explain how this technique should be implemented.

You can find out more about Supernanny’s technique by clicking HERE.

Fear not, your little ones may test you to see how serious you are about this new approach. Just keep at it though and you’ll see results. Like any technique, the key to success is consistency.

Though it may be tough now, your children will thank you for it later. Ok, MUCH later. Maybe… 😛

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** Please help me shine a light on the other side of a condition so often stigmatized by negativity. Share this ADHD Success Story with those around you to help them understand how ADHD can inspire great change, innovation and talent in the world! 🙂

Excerpt from ADDitude Magazine  (article by Kay Marner) :

In our recent interview, Howie Mandel spoke passionately and articulately about the stigma attached to having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or any condition that falls into the whole “mental health” category.

Here’s what he had to say:

“I wasn’t an easy child. My behavior in school and at home was not to be applauded. But my parents were incredibly supportive. I don’t have a high school diploma, and I’m sure that’s not a source of pride for them, but I never felt any less loved and supported by them than I would have had I gone on to higher education. I didn’t finish high school because I am, and always was, incredibly impulsive. It’s really hard for me to focus and listen for any length of time; to sit for any length of time. I spent more time in the principal’s office than in the classroom.

One of my last pranks was, I didn’t want to go swimming, so — this was years before Caddy Shack came out — I threw a candy bar in the pool, and you can imagine what that looked like. After the whole school was gathered around trying to figure out who defecated in the pool, I dived in and came up with it in my mouth. I thought it was funny at the time, but the administration didn’t.”

“After I impulsively revealed that I have OCD on a talk show, I was devastated. But when I eventually emerged into public that day, I was approached by all kinds of people saying, ‘Me too.’ Those were two of the most comforting words I’ve ever heard. Whatever you deal with in life, you’re overwhelmed with feelings of being alone. Well, you’re not, and I wasn’t from that day forward.

“Now, I’m a big proponent of mental health awareness. I don’t think there’s anyone alive who doesn’t have issues, whether its relationship issues, job stress, or something else. We take care of our dental health, but not our mental health. We go to the dentist for x-rays when there’s no issue — when we feel perfect. But we don’t get a mental health check-up, because there’s a stigma involved.

It’s easy for someone in a big corporate arena to get up and say, ‘Hey, I have to go to the dentist, but it’s hard to get up and say I’m going to a psychiatrist or a therapist.’ “And, take health insurance — they pay a bigger percentage for a diagnosed physiological problem than a psychological one — that alone tells you that there is a stigma.

Being open about it in articles like this, and in my book, may chip away at it, but the stigma is certainly very strong, and still there.”

Click on the link below for the full article by Kay Marner, by ADDitude Magazine.

Howie Mandel At School

Enjoy! 🙂

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