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The Connection Between Autism and ADHD

If you spend much time looking into ADHD or autism, you will learn that researchers consider them to be in the same category of disorders: developmental disorders. A developmental disorder is not a mental illness or psychological disorder. It is a difference in the way that brain develops. For this reason in many cases, some parts… Continue reading The Connection Between Autism and ADHD

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My ADHD Child and Chores: How a Few M&Ms Saved My Sanity

Once upon a time, I said that I would never bribe my child. See, I never needed a lot of motivation. Even though I have ADHD, motivation was not usually a problem I had as a child. I had hyperactivity ADHD --technically mixed type ADHD-- so I usually had plenty of energy; it just needed… Continue reading My ADHD Child and Chores: How a Few M&Ms Saved My Sanity

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What You Need to Know for Your First Homeschool Conference

  For years, I have referred to our local homeschool conference as “summer camp for the adults.” Your friends, your favorite speaker, caffeine, and tons of books. Sounds like the perfect retreat to me! This is what I learned and what I think you need to know for your first conference: 1) Be prepared. There… Continue reading What You Need to Know for Your First Homeschool Conference

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Favorite Homeschool Quotes, Part 3

“The kids who need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving way.” --Unknown “There needs to be an emphasis on what a child can do instead of what he cannot do.” --Dr. Temple Grandin “A child who knows how to recognize truth, goodness, and beauty --who loves what he should and… Continue reading Favorite Homeschool Quotes, Part 3

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Should I Medicate My ADHD Child?

A few days ago,  I wrote about whether or not you should diagnose and tell your ADHD child about their diagnosis. That was a very easy answer for me compared to this highly more complex topic of medication. In my opinion, it comes down to 4 factors: 1) Is ADHD something that's “wrong” with the… Continue reading Should I Medicate My ADHD Child?

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Why I Homeschool

"I educate my kids because it's not normal to me to send them away to learn from strangers that do not necessarily hold my same beliefs and certainly don't care about my children's future more than I do. “I want to watch them grow up, and I don't want to miss all those hours they… Continue reading Why I Homeschool

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Should I Get My ADHD Child Diagnosed?

Hi, my name is Sarah, and I have ADHD. I've had ADHD my whole life, but I wasn't diagnosed until just before my 30th birthday. Now,  I'm aware of the controversy surrounding ADHD, so from someone will lives with it every day this is why I think that your child needs not only a diagnosis… Continue reading Should I Get My ADHD Child Diagnosed?

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Favorite Homeschool Quotes, Part 2

Back in the 1990s, I had a quote journal in which I wrote down my favorite quotes. My friends and I would share journals and copy down the quotes that we liked. This was before we had the internet and most of us didn’t even have computers, let alone multiple computers or devices. This collection… Continue reading Favorite Homeschool Quotes, Part 2

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Interview with a Homeschool Graduate no. 4

In 2012, I joined the administration of a large homeschool group in my area. As part of that, I began writing for their homeschool newsletter. One of the most enjoyable articles I wrote was a series of interviews with homeschool graduates. Interview with Alyssa What year did your family begin homeschooling? 1986 How did your parents hear… Continue reading Interview with a Homeschool Graduate no. 4