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Have you ever knocked a big pile of papers off your desk and not bothered to pick them up? Have you ever spent more time working on a to-do list than actually performing the tasks on the list? Do you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2011 at Head in the Clouds
Have you ever checked out the comments section of an article about ADD/ADHD? I don't really advise it if you're trying to maintain a little serenity. People go head-to-head in the most nasty way. Meds versus no meds. Disorder versus... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2011 at Head in the Clouds
If you're wondering how much research has gone into alternative treatments for ADD/ADHD, check out this short video by psychiatrist Kenny Handelman (it's video number 3). In 12 minutes, he gives a nice overview of three treatments that have some... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2011 at Head in the Clouds
I was mad at myself the other day as I drove to the trailhead. It had been a gloriously sunny afternoon, but here I was heading out for my daily hike as the sun was setting behind the foothills and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2011 at Head in the Clouds
My daughter went on a five-day school camping trip last week (wolves! snow! sand dunes!), and I wanted to get a lot done while she was away. I was accomplishing less than I thought I should–nothing new–so, of course, my... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2011 at Head in the Clouds
The house was a mess last Sunday, and our Easter bunny had done exactly nothing to prepare for Easter. However, the bunny—in consultation with my daughter (who's old enough to converse with the Easter bunny these days)—decided to create an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2011 at Head in the Clouds
Ordinarily, I wouldn’t go out to hear a panel of experts on ADD/ADHD on a school night when my daughter’s at my house. So when I found out that one such panel of local experts was going to be both... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2010 at Head in the Clouds
The plume of smoke this past Labor Day was gleaming in places and eerily dark in others. It wasn’t there when I went on my morning hike. But it loomed over the north half of town by the time I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2010 at Head in the Clouds
I'm so sorry about your loss. I've lost a couple close friends to breast cancer as well. Glad you've taken some steps to take care of yourself. I'm sending my best.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2010 on What do you want? at My ADD / ADHD Blog
People need to learn how to manage failure so it's informational and not demoralizing. —Stanford psychology professor Albert Bandura I've failed at plenty of things in my life. I failed a class on animal behavior in college. I failed to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2010 at Head in the Clouds
As usual, Ned Hallowell is the voice of reason, balance, and love in a beautiful blog post called "Their Beautiful Minds." It's about taking a strength-based approach with children who have ADD/ADHD or learning disabilities. The post touched me as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2010 at Head in the Clouds
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is the son of a Greek god. He also has ADD/ADHD and dyslexia. I posted about the Percy Jackson books before my daughter and I had read any of them. But now she's zipping enthusiastically through the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2010 at Head in the Clouds
Totally ADD's Old Spice Guy takeoff disappeared for a while but is back up again. Check out my original post to see the video. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2010 at Head in the Clouds
Totally ADD guy Rick dons a bath towel and demonstrates, Old Spice Guy style, how the ADD brain works. Who out there relates? (I totally do.) Totally ADD, providing humor and education about adult ADD, also has a hilarious introductory... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2010 at Head in the Clouds
Discovery consists of seeing what everyone has seen and thinking what no one has thought. —Albert Szent-Gyorgi I love this quote, because I think it refers to something people with ADD/ADHD are good at—seeing things in a new way. That's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2010 at Head in the Clouds
Before I tell you what my 10-year-0ld daughter said the other day, I should let you know that at school she's been studying the Latin roots of words. And she loves it. So, the other day she was doing new... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2010 at Head in the Clouds
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Mar 15, 2010
Creativity now is as important as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status. —Sir Ken Robinson We've just heard advice from an Oscar winner on encouraging creativity in our kids. While we're on the subject, here's a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2010 at Head in the Clouds
Yes, a great reminder to apply his comments to ourselves and other adults as well! Thanks!
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2010 on Oscar Advice at Head in the Clouds
A lot of superheroes have ADD/ADHD traits: An extraordinary drive to be active. The ability to envision a better world and a desire to help people. The ability to generate creative solutions and make snap decisions and hyperfocus. But I've... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2010 at Head in the Clouds
It even happens sometimes at my daughter's Waldorf-inspired, arts-integrated, amazingly wonderful public elementary school. Every time my daughter tells me about an instance, I sputter about it until she rolls her eyes. Kids sometimes get held in from recess. Maybe... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2010 at Head in the Clouds
Five minor miracles to celebrate this early February! 1. My daughter was on time to school every day last week. Despite our elaborate efforts, we had consistently been arriving late. So we looked at what wasn't working and noticed that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2010 at Head in the Clouds
What can you do when you're so overwhelmed you don't know what to do? (When this happens to me, I picture myself as a frantic squirrel, darting in all directions without accomplishing anything.) This six-minute video by Jim Kitzmiller (which... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2010 at Head in the Clouds
I set two countdown timers one morning back before winter break, one upstairs and one downstairs. I got dressed well before the last minute. I had a quick bowl of cereal and put off taking my vitamins until later. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2010 at Head in the Clouds
Thank you, Mike! I visited your blog and read a bunch of it. I love it, starting with the great title and subtitle ("ADDing It All Up: Looking at the world through curiosity-colored glasses")! And, of course, I so related to the posts. Thanks for sharing!