Backpedaling to Find Yourself

Getting out on my bike is something I absolutely love to do. It’s one of the only times I’m ever truly alone, thinking full, uninterrupted thoughts. There’s something about the correlation of pushing harder and flying faster through the air that fuels me. I’ve never really admitted this to anyone, because it’s pretty weird andContinue reading “Backpedaling to Find Yourself”

Grab Your Helmet it’s a Bumpy Ride

My eyes aren’t open yet but my heart is already racing. Despite the early morning’s peace I know what’s coming and I instinctively start suiting up mentally. Every step on the way to his room has me waffling between false confidence and trepidation and it really doesn’t matter what I tell myself because I knowContinue reading “Grab Your Helmet it’s a Bumpy Ride”

Knocked Down But Not Out

“I get knocked down but I get up again,” I’m mindlessly singing with the radio after drop off and a sudden surge of energy hits me. This sentiment seems all too true and I turn the radio up, belting out how strong I am in the face of challenges. Ali and I spend lots ofContinue reading “Knocked Down But Not Out”

What Do You Make of Your Child’s ADHD

My fourth grader ADHD+ daughter brought home one of those “awards” from PE class this year. Honestly, I didn’t think much of it because she, like me, is not athletic. I assumed it was a “nice try” award since I didn’t think she had what it takes to be a winner in gym class. She,Continue reading “What Do You Make of Your Child’s ADHD”

Work Around It

One of the most unexpected decisions I’ve made as a parent of a complex ADHDer was the decision to enroll him in a special needs sports league. That was NOT where I thought I was going to end up when I married someone who played football in high school. And like most ADHDers, even complexContinue reading “Work Around It”

Find Your Own Greatness

ADHD and sports seem tailor-made to go together. We all know that middle schooler who is never focused in school but on the field, she looks more alive than anyone else. We’ve seen the teen who drags himself to school late and without having homework done but races to practice–and even remembers his equipment! SportsContinue reading “Find Your Own Greatness”

Playing Isn’t About Winning

When I was in graduate school, a bunch of us got together to play in a city recreation volleyball league. I went because my roommate was going. I’d never played a sport successfully in my life. I was awkward, chubby, lost in my own thoughts, and not particularly motivated by any physical activity, much lessContinue reading “Playing Isn’t About Winning”