Daily Chaos

A look at the daily chaos in my home as I fight my own Type-A nature to raise my ADHD family.

Book Review: Movers, Dreamers and Risk-Takers: Unlocking the Power of ADHD by Kevin Roberts

by Caroline July 2, 2012
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As any of you who read my blog know, my husband and both of our girls have ADHD. To me, our household is messy, chaotic, and loud. Things never get put away. Deadlines are usually missed, or at least pushed back. Schedules are rarely adhered to. This makes my life seem completely out of control, […]

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Is Behavior a Matter of Perspective?

by Caroline June 25, 2012
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Right now the girls and I are visiting my family in Colorado (Decoder Man had to stay home), and I’m struck anew with the realization that how you think about or react to things/people in your life all depends on your perspective. Case in point: Both my girls have ADHD. M-bug is more the inattentive […]

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I’ll Never Run Out of Milk Again

by Caroline May 28, 2012
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I hate going to the grocery store. Actually, that’s not quite true. I enjoy grocery shopping early on a week-day morning, when the air is cool and the store aisles aren’t packed with crazy people. But I’m not always able to go during the week, and I refuse to go anytime after 4pm. It’s been […]

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Science Fair

by Caroline May 25, 2012
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This year, for fourth quarter science, the girls both had to do a science fair project. They had lessons that taught them all about the scientific method and how to conduct experiments. Now, when I first heard about the science fair, I was a bit dismayed. You see, when I was a kid, I did […]

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Spring Fever (or, Thank Goodness it’s Almost Summer Break)

by Caroline May 15, 2012
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Holy cow. Man alive. Good grief. Great Scott! I cannot believe how out of control Bubbles has been these last few days. It’s like she hasn’t taken her ADHD medicine at all. She is literally bouncing off of the walls. M-bug isn’t quite as hyper, but more excitable than usual. They definitely have spring fever. […]

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Guest Post for Team Extreme!

by Caroline May 1, 2012
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I am so excited to be today’s featured guest blogger at Adventures in Extreme Parenthood! Now I’m officially a member of Team Extreme. My guest post is all about the months-long process to teach M-bug to swallow a pill. Click on the link and go check it out!    

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Putting Bubbles in a Box

by Caroline April 28, 2012
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Trying to keep bubbles in a box is a ridiculous idea. You just can’t do it. The second they touch the sides of the box, pop! they’re gone, with nothing but a soapy residue left from the explosion. The same thing can be said for my older daughter, whom we affectionately call Bubbles. I see […]

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ADHD Makes for a Crazy Morning

by Caroline April 18, 2012
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School mornings can be difficult at the best of times. Even if you have a child who is fairly easy to wake up, like M-bug, every morning has the possibility to turn into a rushed, harried free-for-all. Both from research I’ve done and my own experiences with my girls, I’ve learned that school mornings (any […]

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I Don’t Like Living in My House

by Caroline April 3, 2012
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I saw a video last week that talked about how ADHD impairs executive function. According to Dr. Russell Barkley, a leading expert on ADHD, executive function is made up of the cognitive abilities that give us the capacity to plan and carry out sustained activities toward a goal.  ADHD inhibits five of these cognitive abilities, and in […]

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Disappointment

by Caroline March 28, 2012
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Watch out, because here comes Mama Bear. My 11.5 yo. Bubbles came home from her youth service trip last night. I expected a tired but excited girl, eager to tell us everything she’d seen and done. That’s not what I got. I got a subdued, quiet Bubbles, which, let me tell you, is not the norm. […]

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Spring Break Staycation

by Caroline March 26, 2012
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This week is our spring break. Yes, even virtual homeschools have a spring break, and most other regular holidays.  One thing we don’t have is as many teacher-inservice days.  The girls are always a bit bummed when they realize that the kids who go to “regular school” have the day off. We’re not going anywhere […]

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