Mother Knows Best

They are the professionals but you are the expert… About eight months ago, I posted on David’s medication changing again. This is an update to that post. At that time we were switching David to Methylin ER, a generic six-hour … Continue reading

LOS ANGELES – BARKER HANGER – February 29 – March 4 – 2012

The Secret of Raising a Resilient Child

The Secret of Raising a Resilient Child.

Dr. Edward Hallowell, author of Driven to Distraction and other books on ADHD and a successful ADD person, says in the introductory remarks of the featured post Where does resilience come from?….It comes from knowing that you never, never have to be alone….If you feel connected, you will always be able to deal with adversity. 

The author of the post, Dr. Laura Markham of Aha! makes this comment: There’s a common misconception that children develop resilience by encountering failure.  That’s a myth.  Children develop resilience by dealing successfully with failure.”

Louis Pasteur said this: “When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.”

If I can incorporate these things into my daily dealings with my ADHD child, maybe, just maybe I can help him to face his challenges with courage and optimism. Lord knows that ADHD / ADD is most challenging. Failure will come and it won’t be math. Resilience is required. My unflagging support is essential. To teach him to deal successfully with failure and keep moving in spite of it is the goal.

Some time ago I stumbled onto this website and found it to be immensely helpful in our continuing quest to treat and manage ADD / ADHD. offers virtual support and continuing education in the field of Attention Deficit Disorder. The teleseminars are offered free of charge for a period of time (registration is required) and also, for a period of time, you can download the mp3 recordings of the seminar for a nominal fee. Not only can I store it on my computer for future reference, but I can burn a CD so that my husband can use his workday commute to keep up with the information and direction that David and I are trying to incorporate in our homeschool and our daily lives. A huge thumbs up for this one!

I recently listened to a teleseminar hosted by and the guest speaker was Laurie Dupar of Coaching for ADHD. Her topic was The Top Three ADD / ADHD Medication Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them. Not only did she offer a wealth of information about medications, she also offered a couple of tools to the seminar participants. One is a list of key questions to ask the prescribing doctor for ADD / ADHD medications. The other is a medication log to assess the effectiveness of a change in medication. Since we are in a medication evaluation mode right now, these tools will be invaluable!

I thought I would pass this along. Hope you find it helpful 🙂

Best regards,


If I Could Change the World

Cedar Waxwings in My Backyard

This beautiful fellow appeared on my deck this morning. In the 13 years that I’ve lived in this house, I have never seen one of these birds. As it turns out, there are a pair of them cavorting in the white pines in my backyard. What a delightful way to start my week!

News flash: I have discovered their nest in the white pine. Looks like they are going to be residents in my backyard for a while. I feel blessed, like I’ve been given a gift from God 🙂



Electric Watermelon Gum and Other Poison

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I hate this stuff.  Turns the boy into a monster. Anybody with me on this? Is it only ADD / ADHD or is it kids in general? What is your experience?


Chores and Allowances vs. BMXs and iPods

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Can $2 equal instant gratification? Does this comic strip resonate with you? It does with me. One of my favorite sayings is that my money burns a hole in David’s pocket!   David wants a BMX bike that cost $350. … Continue reading