Hi everyone! I’m back finally. 🙂

Having been sick for the past three weeks with the Norovirus (AWFUL bug, look it up), my plan was to rejoin the blogging world today by posting something a little lighter and happier. The picture above is an indication of how I intended to start this Spring-related post. 😛

However, after reading one of my favorite blogs this morning Fashionable People, Questionable Things, I decided to post what I was really thinking. Thanks to L-A for the inspiration.

Check out her post on What Not To Wear Wednesday and then check out my comment below…

“AMEN, sista! You know what else annoys me? Preteens who are in shorts and t-shirts at this time of year. WHERE ARE THEIR PARENTS?! Dress your children, so I don’t have to listen to mine complaining because he’s the only child at his school (a great school, might I add) wearing a jacket when the temperature is -10. Seriously. Parents. It’s calling for +5 LATER today. There was frost on my windows this morning. This isn’t “shorts weather” for your kids. Cover them up already. Arg. There, done. ”

Ah, it’s great to be back! 😉

I found out this week that my little blog, less than a year old, has been nominated for a Canadian Weblog Award in TWO categories – Family and Parenting and Health and Wellness!

To be recognized and nominated is such an honour, especially for a Canadian award!

The list of nominees can be found HERE and there are some really spectacular reads, in each of the categories, that are not to be missed. I am especially enjoying the organizer’s blog – schmutzie.com .

Check out their blogs and show some love to my fellow Canadians, eh!

A big thank you for all the blogging love and support you’ve shown me recently! I so appreciate it.

* 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!

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… 😛

If you have a tenacious child between the ages of 2-12, this book might be just what you’ve been looking for. I used it years ago during the “terrible twos/meltdown mania” stage and loved it!

It isn’t only for children with ADHD either. It is full of insightful information to help any parent establish a little structure and discipline. Not every idea is going to work for every child, so I was grateful that this book had lots of options. 🙂

Having used the book successfully, my advice would be to read it cover to cover before you start implementing any of the strategies and techniques. You’ll need to be ready for the possible push back if you have a very determined and clever child. They can change tactics very quickly and you’ll need to stand your ground and be consistent, so that they can understand the boundaries you are putting in place to keep them safe, healthy and happy.

It also helps if the child has the same boundaries, regardless of where they are or who they’re with. You may want to enlist the help of those closest to the child and talk with them about any possible changes you would like to make and your expectations. That way, regardless of whether they are with mom, dad, grandma, granddad or their childcare provider, they’ll feel safe and secure knowing what is expected of them at all times.

In an ideal world, parents would talk about these things together and implement them as a team. However, we know that this isn’t always the case, so just do your best to present this new strategy and new materials as a positive and healthy step towards teaching your child right from wrong. Hopefully, family members will come around once they see the results.

It’s always good to be open to the ideas of others and often family can be a wonderful resource. However you also need to trust in your ability as a parent and know that YOU know your child best. As long as you are acting responsibly and in a way that encourages, supports and nurtures your child’s development, you should stay positive and move forward. Keep trying things until you find what works.

Even if you are struggling with the issue of discipline on your own, this book will still empower you with the tips and tools you’ll need to affect positive changes in your home.

Good luck! 🙂

I still remember exactly how I felt, nearly 9 years ago, sitting in the psychologist’s office after she told me that my son had ADHD. I was afraid and relieved, all at the same time. I finally had a name and a diagnosis that made sense and that I could sink my teeth into, but I was terrified of what was to come. I needed more information and answers to my questions. I needed a place to start and resources that were supportive and encouraging to read. I needed someone who had been through it all and would understand.

I didn’t really have anyone like that then and I know there are still many people out there who are dealing with this diagnosis alone. It can be overwhelming at the best of times and you’re going to need a strong support system in place to help you be at your best as a parent, so that the sweet little person who tugs at your heartstrings everyday gets the support and love they need to thrive.

Though my family didn’t understand D’s diagnosis (and still may not quite frankly), I was able to find the information and answers I needed, from someone who understood. Instead of sitting down over to coffee to talk about things though, I curled up in bed every night and found the answers I needed to get started, within the pages of some great books.

The books I curled up with in those early days are the same books I refer back to whenever I need to shift my thinking or reflect on what’s working and what isn’t. Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction were my ‘bibles’ 9 years ago and they remain the top books I recommend to others learning to manage ADHD in their family. I used to lend them out, but they were SO good, I rarely ever got them back. 😛 In the last few years, we have also purchased Superparenting for ADD, which we love!

(Editor’s Note: There are many other authors and resources I have since discovered and LOVE! I’ll be sharing some of my favorites over the next few months, so stay tuned.)

The link below will take you to Dr. Hallowell’s website, to a favorite section of mine, where you can find a message to parents who are looking for a place to start their search for information and empowerment. Dr. Hallowell’s website has a variety of resources to help you or someone you love with ADHD. His website (like his books) is exceptional – supportive and uplifting, with strategies and techniques to improve your whole family’s experience with ADHD.

Help! I Just Found Out My Child Has ADHD!

Good luck with your next steps! 🙂 Remember you are not alone.

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