Thank you to ADDA, CHADD and ACO for hosting the 2018 International Conference on ADHD - wonderful community & great insight! We are so thrilled we could attend and just as happy to have met @howtoadhd & Chloe!
Efter en lång stund med vad bara kan likna bråk i extrem tonnårstrotsanda är vi nu ligna pch nerbäddade i soffan och försöker börja om morgonen och farsdag med mys, kramar och böcker. Om någon har tips på hur mam bäst möter en femåring med en känslomässig bergochdalbana utanpå kroppen så får ni gärna dela med er! .
Normally getting this boy outside and away from electronics is a struggle. But today he wanted to go and rake the leaves 🍁, so of course we said yes immediately!
He may have only lasted around 10 minutes before becoming highly distracted and made his way back inside to find his kindle.
I used to get so frustrated with the amount of time he spent in front of this device but I’ve come to terms that it’s his escape from his always busy brain. 🧠
Our view from the hotel during the 2018 International Conference on ADHD - “Being in the same room for the first time, with people who not only understood your struggles, but we’re more like you than anyone you’ve ever met...You don’t have to hide anymore.” - Sari Solden
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Learn why mothers with ADHD struggle more than their counterparts, and how you can begin to live life on your own terms. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🔗Tap the link in our bio for the article “Never Good Enough: The Emotional Toll of Motherhood”
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Learn why mothers with ADHD struggle more than their counterparts, and how you can begin to live life on your own terms. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🔗Tap the link in our bio for the article “Never Good Enough: The Emotional Toll of motherhood.
Life has been...stressful...lately. The quote "an arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards" is what I keep telling myself to help move through it and keep perspective. And meditating again. And keeping busy. And cuddles and quality time with these two. Parenting when life around you is unpredictable & stressful can be difficult in itself. I'm definitely getting a lesson in patience & mindful parenting, which, I have to be grateful for, that it will one day make me a better parent. But It's also hard when things like hormones are thrown into the mix (hers and mine). After a day of high emotions, she made a mini book from stapling post-it notes back together with several different things for her to do to help her calm down when her big emotions arise. With accompanying pictures. I was so proud I cried & hugged her so tight. It was one of those moments that made me feel like finally, maybe some things I'm saying & trying to teach are sinking in. And then we snuggled on the couch like this & watched cartoons. And my heart felt whole and happy again. 😊
Thank You to everyone who went on the ADHD month long journey with us! From now on I promise to do my old Instagramming again...maybe with an occasional adhd plug 😉. But honestly my goal was to reach another person in my shoes and thankfully I did since a few of you reached out to me personally to let me know you were walking in them as well. Although I don’t wish for anyone to deal with ADHD or any other mental health problem, it is nice to know we aren’t alone. This has also helped me get my own thoughts down and I have heard in the past journaling is a good outlet so I am glad I could kill two birds with one stone 😜. This was something I put a lot of thought and work into but honestly as I said before anything worth doing does take our perseverance! ADHD is not a death sentence and I hope that if you are dealing with ADHD or know someone with ADHD we can get and give the best support possible. These kids are not bad, stupid or lazy...most of the time they are smarter than you think. However, they may require more patience, more perseverance, more support and understanding but they/We deserve it! Please feel free anytime to reach out to me or even to send me some cool stuff about what you have learned or has helped you (I appreciate some of you who already have done this)...we can never know too much and I am always open to learning and growing!
Thanks again for taking this journey with us even if you just supported us as our friends! And a special thanks to my sweet Colby for allowing me to write about his story! 😘
It’s almost the end of adhd awareness month! Parenting is universally hard but nothing in my life prepared me for my sweet special boy. Living with, diagnosing, and managing TJs adhd has pushed me right over the edge of my sanity but it has also built me back up, stronger, resilient, and so much more empathetic. Seeing someone so young try so hard to power through his struggles makes all my own problems so small. I am so grateful for everyone who has been kind and extended TJ grace as we navigate his uniqueness.
. “I can feel guilty about yelling, about responding meanly, about losing my cool. But I will not be made to feel guilty for things beyond my control — namely the behaviors caused by my kids’ ADHD symptoms.”⠀
Just the powerful message we needed to hear today from @manicpixiedreammama ! Tap the link in our bio for the article “The Unspoken Mom Expectations I Proudly Reject.”⠀
The Power of Connection:
As I just had the opportunity to stand by my sisters side as her Matron of Honor and celebrate her wedding with friends and family it made me think about the importance of connection in this life. As humans we are hardwired for human connection which I believe is our purpose here on earth. The ability to love and be loved is one of life’s greatest blessings and what we all long for. Many people who struggle with mental health issues can sometimes struggle with this, especially those who battle ADHD, depression or other mental and physical health conditions. It can be easy to get caught in the lie that you are unworthy of love or that there is something wrong with you and that you are not meant to belong or be loved. Never believe this lie, you were designed to love and be loved! My grandmother used to tell me as a child if all you have is one good friend in this life you are lucky! Most of us not only have a friend who loves us but extended family and if you ever feel like you don’t...know there are people just waiting for your presence in their life...just open your eyes to them! Connection is the most important power to help heal your emotional, spiritual, physical and mental health. God made you for this purpose...believe you are worthy of it! #connection#powerofconnection#mentalhealthawareness#adhdawareness#adhdmom#adhdawarenessmonth#adhdparent#adhdtogether#friendsandfamily#loveandconnection#blessings
So it’s almost the weekend and I thought today would be a good day to discuss self care for us parents. Being a parent alone comes with lots of stressors let alone being a parent of a child with any type of special needs. I have read some pretty sad statistics on parents of children w/special needs and the fact they are much more likely to have depression, consider suicide, or have marital issues. So to me self care is so important because there is so much at risk if you don’t do it; your family, your mental and emotional health and even times your own physical health can be at risk. So what do you do??? Well I’ll tell you a few things that help rejuvenate me:
1.) Take time for yourself, whether that is to exercise, spend time with a friend, take a nice bath, read a book, get your nails done, pray/meditate, whatever it is you enjoy doing on your own do it!
2.) Make time for date nights. My husband I have the best conversations when it’s just the two of us and many times we promise to talk about anything other than parenting (although it usually comes up anyway) 🤭. It typically strengthens our marriage which let’s be honest can get tried when you’re trying to figure out ways to keep peace in your home.
3.) Plan something fun! I know for me life can get routine and sometimes stressful so when I know something fun is coming up it gives me something to look forward to and keeps me from getting down or discouraged.
4.) Get in nature, I love being outside on a beautiful day and now loving it even more in my new state where I can actually experience fall again. There’s something about sunshine and seeing the beauty of nature that relaxes me.
5.) Lastly, if you’re really struggling don’t be embarrassed to ask for help. Over time I have met with many friends who have sought professional help. Sometimes it’s the best and only thing you can do to not let your situation get worse...as I said before too much depends on it!
So go do something fun this weekend, get outside, meet a friend go on a date or just relax...whatever it takes to rejuvenate you! #selfcare#rejuvenate#mentalhealth#physicalhealth#emotionalhealth#adhdparent#adhdmom#adhdtogether
Recently a good friend of mine sent me a sermon series from her church and it was called “Mastermind”. We had both been talking about some challenges we have experienced lately and she thought it would be helpful. When I listened to it one of the things the Pastor kept saying is that “your LIFE is always moving in the direction of your strongest THOUGHTS.” I kept thinking about that and how we have so much more power over our thoughts then what we think. So many times I know I have allowed my mind to go to worst case scenarios or to think negatively about a situation when there was no need. Recently I also heard a scenario of two people coming across a snake in the woods, one person cowers in fear and the other one looks at it and says no big deal it’s not poisonous. It’s the same situation but two different ways of reacting. Taking a pause to train your mind to focus on staying positive and experiencing the moments right in front of you and handling them as they come may not seem easy but when you practice this daily I believe it does. This pastor was also mentioning that as you think positive thoughts you actually change your brain chemistry to produce more dopamine which is what makes you feel happy and it also helps with focus and concentration. Well how perfect is this for an ADHD’er! Ironically the ADHD brain is lacking in dopamine and of course focus and attention so that is exactly what it needs! This is why most therapist use Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as their main source of treatment. So today, I hope we can all take a moment to pause and either pray or meditate to better train our mind to think of all the positives in life. I believe we will not only feel better we will equip our brain to react better...but most importantly our life’s direction depends on it!
I've drunk more coffee over the last few Tuesdays whilst attending @barnardoscymru adhd classes. They've come to an end but I'm so grateful for all the support I've received from some wonderful parents and the team at Barnardos.
What is stopping you from launching to your goals? Maybe it’s self-doubt, maybe it’s fear, maybe it’s direction - all of which can be tackled. Start by doing what you love in one day. Us? Our favorite way to spend a day is sunrise yoga and a leisurely breakfast with some light reading or writing. Hiking with my dogs off leash (and my kids too) or a long bike excursion. Ending with a scrumptious meal of seasonal ingredients and a good book...or live music and dancing!
We had the pleasure of speaking @stuart.hall.school Tuesday & had such great parent participants! We LOVE bringing new information on how to handle difficult situations at home, managing mindfulness and addressing school to parents in the community. Where would you want to see us speak next?
#ADHDAwarenessMonth - “The most current research on brain imaging is starting to let us trace the wiring, so we can untangle the misconceptions that experts, as well as those with ADHD, have about the disorder and the brain. Our new understanding of the brain promises to change the way we treat ADHD.”
No matter the obstacle, hardship, challenge we can overcome adversity ❤️ #Repost @theitspace with @get_repost
A lot of us simply don’t know how to live. In the age of instant everything, life is very complicated. We see people online and think because we don’t have this or that one thing, we don’t have anything. Yet we everyone of us has tons of blessings that if we try to count them, we’d never be able to finish the list. Things like toes and eyelashes and being able to think, and see and talk and having food and shelter etc etc. the list is endless. This 14 year old girl is so inspiring @itz.izz seems like if we want to know how to live our best life, we should probably ask her! Thank you beautiful for being such an inspiration for us! @itz.izz @itz.izz @itz.izz
It is #ADHDAwarenessMonth - showing people with ADHD who have been successful in music, film, theater, sports and space just supports the notion that you should never stop reaching for the stars you want.
Do you deal struggle with anxiety? Lao Tzu said, “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” Link in bio for our latest blog on anxiety - why we have it & how to address it.
Let’s make the most of this month - fuel your hard work with everything working to stop you from achieving your dreams. It’s #ADHDAwarenessMonth and there is no better way to launch than with @m_phelps00, an Olympian and a father with ADHD.
School is back in session, Fall is upon us so let’s start it off on a high note! It's not too late to establish a structure for you, your child, or your family in order to be productive throughout the new school year. 🗓📚🗂
What a wonderful time last night! Thank you to everyone who came to our Mindful Parenting workshop at @pilatesandyogaloft - we are so grateful for the opportunity and can’t wait for our next one! What workshops would you like to see?
Our blog this week is all about spontaneity - and how it can transform the outcome of your decisions! It can be associated with risk, adventure and discovery. Sometimes letting go and acting on a spontaneous decision can bring joy and exhilaration. What’s something you’ve done spontaneously that you loved? 📷: @thegalaxyphotographyy
Our Mindful Parenting workshop is in just one week at @pilatesandyogaloft! Be sure to register as space is limited for the opportunity to learn the brain science behind mindfulness and introduce practical strategies. You will have the opportunity to discuss how to overcome obstacles in your household and practice techniques for success! Link in bio.
Q: What was a time in your life where you overcame an obstacle and felt proud of yourself?
A: I remember playing in a roller derby scrimmage after having just finished radiation therapy and several surgeries following breast cancer. I thought I was pretty badass that day. •
What is an obstacle you’ve overcome?
I usually alternate my runs with yoga classes while keeping the dogs active. Like me, they need to get their wiggles out to be calm and focused the rest of the day. By Thursday, I had missed two of my classes and my body and soul were feeling it. One of my dogs did not want to get out of bed and I was cranky. You ungrateful canine, it is 5:45am and I am missing yoga again because of you. I could be doing downward dog, so don’t give me that downcast dog face•
I knew I had to turn my attitude around or I was going to be angry and resentful and it was not going to be pretty. By turning my unpleasant task into a reward, I could enjoy every second of it. Better yet, I can look forward to tomorrow’s run yet again. It was no longer a punishment, but a privilege. Being able to reframe the unwanted circumstance as a desired gift made all the difference in the world•
Try it and see. Look at your challenging task with lenses of gratitude. See if you can redefine it as a reward, something that you have the privilege of accomplishing. Lucky you!
💡What is an ADHD coach ✔️
💡How is an ADHD coach different from a therapist ✔️
💡Why couldn't I just ask a friend to do this for free ✔️
💡All of these questions apply as well to those interested in coaching even if they haven't been diagnosed with ADHD; some of my clients want help pursuing career goals, writing that book, becoming more organized or making healthier decisions in their lives. We can all sharpen up our executive function skills every now and then, and we can all benefit from using a professional (rather than a friend or family member) to help us do so! 💥 Comment your questions!