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5 Spring Must Haves

With the Spring like tempatures we had over the weekend I couldn’t resist sharing our families Spring Must Haves. Whare are your Must Haves for Spring? Share them in the comments below to be entered into a draw for FREE family passes to the Ottawa Parent & Child Expo this weekened! The Results Are In You can find our favoriates at many local stores & shops: 1. www.baseballtown.com 2. www.canadiantire.com 3. https://www.facebook.com/FallRiverFashion 4. https://www.facebook.com/VillageTreatsChocolates/ 5.https://parentandchildexpo.ca/  

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Poor Sport or Master of Passion?

As we head to the rink for another game, I can feel worry growing in the pit of my stomach. How will he react to another loss? What if the team doesn’t play well? What if he lets his anxiety and perfectionism get the best of him? What will I really say to the whisperers and onlookers when he starts to show his lack of emotional control on the ice? Lord knows I have played out the mama bear comebacks…

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Mother of Distraction

“She feels everything with intensity and worries over details. She is easily distracted, leaving a trail of unfinished projects behind her, leaving hints of her latest interests”. This quote from Terry Matlen’s book “The Queen of Distraction” describes me perfectly. Let me introduce myself, I am Amanda Neadow, adult ADHD’er. Most of you know me as Amanda Neadow, President & CEO of JDN Center for Children, Mother of 2 ADHD boys and ADHD behaviour advocate. You may know that my…

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Parenting ADHD’ers – My Year in Review (2018)

Parenting ADHD’ers is a journey that has many seasons. Reflection allows us time to appreciate how far we have come and gives us hope and focus to move forward. Looking at my year in review, here are a few things I believe I did well and a few that I did not so well… Things I did Well: I Stopped Apologising for my Son’s Drive to Win: He is driven by the desire to win…at everything. I realised that this…

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Taking Time to Indulge in the Holiday Spirit: A Facebook Christmas Challenge!

Well, it’s the time of year when I step outside and know it’s November. There’s a chill in my bones, the sky’s an ugly shade of grey, and it’s dark outside by 5 p.m. As you can probably tell, I don’t like November. Still, I manage to tolerate this dreary month because it means we’re getting closer to my favourite time of year…Christmas! Christmas is a magical time of year, but it is also an extremely busy time. Between the…

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Let’s Put an End to the Kicking and Screaming: Teaching Your Child Self-Calming Strategies

If you’ve been following along on my Facebook page for the past few weeks, you’ll have noticed we’re talking a lot about change – specifically, strategies we can use to foster positive changes in ADHD children. Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog about how we can set mindful talking examples for our children, and that got me thinking: what else can we do to encourage positive changes in ADHD kids?  The Little Voice in Your Head  Since I’ve started…

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How to Stop Your ADHD Child from Talking Impulsively: Setting an Example for Mindful Talking

Impulsive Talking If your ADHD child is talking impulsively, then let me tell you this: I hear you. If you haven’t already noticed from my Facebook posts this week, I’ve been following a theme:  impulsive chatting. Here’s why I’m focused on it for the week: because it’s one of the most common issues parents of ADHD kids come to me about. I get asked all the time, “why does my child call out in class?” “Why does my child constantly…

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Finding a New Groove: A Summer that Fostered Change and Growth (For Both my Son and Myself!)

Man, is it really October already? How did that happen so fast?  At the start of the summer, I made a vow to slow down and take more time for reflection. I needed to prepare myself for some of the bigger changes headed my way.   One of those changes involved my son.   Like it does every year, the first day of school appeared out of the blue. I wasn’t sure if I was ready for this next chapter. You see,…

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How a Doctor’s Appointment made me Open Up to Self-care

Hands Up If you’re brutal at self-care? (*slowly raises hand) We have all been hearing about self-care and the importance of it for a long time. Heck, I even wrote a blog about it a few months back. But, the truth? I am horrible at self-care.   That is, caring for myself.  And, if I am being honest, there was a time where I would roll my eyes at the self-care drum beaters who continuously raved about it. Well my unwillingness to…

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Deep Breaths and Do Overs

The screaming, swearing and fighting are endless. I just need it to stop! I don’t know what he wants, everything I give him he throws back at me or yells, No! Some days I feel like I am losing my mind. We have a lot of good days but there are days where the communication between my son and I are less than calm, open or easy. My son struggles to express his wants and needs appropriately. That’s especially true…

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