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”

Looking for Friends in all the Right Places

What a great feeling it is to see your child doing life with friends. Seeing them accepted and valued by others and knowing they have someone to explore life and share themselves with is an invaluable gift for them and us. We know there are just certain parts of life meant to be shared withContinue reading “Looking for Friends in all the Right Places”