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ADHD

Transitioning: It’s Taken Fifty Eight Years

Aah, do I have to?

As a child, like all other children, I did not transition from one thing to another easily. We need the development of our brains for that.

And for some of us that development never becomes complete, leaving us with varying degrees of ability in that regard.

But what is transitioning? Well, let me tell you.
Transitioning is ...
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ADHD

The Harder Alternative

A sign of hard times

It's hard having ADHD. I mean, I think it's hard. I can't really say that not having it would be easier since I've never not had ADHD.

I assume it's hard because I know that ADHD is a collection of conflicting paradoxical issues that won't let up.

Conflicts like the fact that we can focus on things to the exclusion of all else, but we can't really choose what...
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Child Anxiety

11 Superpowers of Kids with ADHD


So, you've been told that you're easily distracted, impulsive, restless, and even hyperactive? You might have been told you have ADHD, which stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

You are not alone. In fact, 1 in 10 of your classmates might be going through the same experience as you. Of course, ADHD may get in the way of everyday things you want to do such as sitting still, or following through on something, or focusing for long but guess...
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Child Anxiety

37 Techniques to Calm an Anxious Child


Imagine, you are driving in the car. You look in the rearview mirror and see your child trying to shrink into her seat.

“What’s wrong?” you ask.

“I don’t want to go to the birthday party.”

“But you’ve been excited all week. There will be cake and games and a bounce house. You love all of those things,” you try to reason.

“But I can’t go. There will be lots of people there I...
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Anger Management

26 Phrases to Calm an Angry Child


Whether your child has a slow-burning fuse or explodes like a firecracker at the slightest provocation, every child can benefit from anger management skills. As parents, we lay the foundation for this skill set by governing our own emotions in the face an angry outburst. Next time you are dealing with a tantrum from a toddler, or cold shoulder from a teen, put your best foot forward by trying...
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General

24 Test Anxiety Busters

Sweaty palms, rapid heart rate, trouble you know the feeling. You're sitting in front of THE TEST. Everyone has experienced test anxiety at one time or another, but for some people it's a regular occurrence that often can hinder performance, even if you thoroughly know...
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Emotional Intelligence

Stop Saying, “You’re so smart!” 3 Better Ways to Praise Kids


“You’re so smart!”

“You’re so creative!”

“You’re so . . . [insert convenient, but possibly damaging description here]”

The other day during a frantic scramble to get my one-year-old to music class, I watched her perform her latest trick—slipping into her little gym shoes and tightening the Velcro straps all by herself. She then stared at me as I sloppily filled the stroller with diapers, toys, string cheese, and other random items until I rattled off something...
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Child Anxiety

How I Found My Grit (And Now Pass It On To Others)

Growing up, I wanted to be just like my older brother. He was a whiz in school, a tennis prodigy, and had oodles of friends. As I saw it, my brother was great at everything. Although I loved him dearly, I grew tired of living in the shadow of his eminence. So at the ripe age of 7, I made a decision. I too was going to achieve greatness. The plan was simple:...
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