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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! Parenting.com 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.  ADDClasses.com 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 ADDClasses.com 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,



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


Experience vs. Knowledge

NPR recently published an article that was originally published in The Lancet journal on the topic of ADHD and diet entitled Study: Diet May Help ADHD Kids More Than Drugs. The study suggests that kids with ADHD could experience a … Continue reading


Knowledge is Power

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  Sir Francis Bacon lived from 1561 to 1626. He was a scientist, lawyer, philosopher and author. He was the father of the scientific method, much of which is still influential today in conceptions of methodology. He was also a … Continue reading


Routine (part 1): the Conundrum

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Get Used To It – GUTI Routine – 1. a regular, more or less unvarying procedure, customary, prescribed or habitual, as of business or of daily life* Conundrum – 1. a riddle whose answer contains a pun (Ex. “What’s the … Continue reading


I Still Have Time…

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The Incredibles is one of my favorite movies. In the opening scenes, Mr. Incredible is on his way to a very important appointment when he is called into service as a super hero. Looking at his watch he says “I … Continue reading