With the Holidays in gear one thing many families will be doing is traveling. Traveling to see family, friends and sometimes even just to get away. Some people love traveling, others not so much, but one thing is for sure, add ADHD to the mix and traveling can turn into chaos. So what is an ADHD family to do? Travel of course! LOL, I know that isn’t what you were thinking or looking for. So let me share with you how I get our very active ADHD family out the door, down the road, and back again, all while having fun and keeping my sanity. For someone like me, with ADHD, breaking down a task, job, or vacation into manageable steps is how I am […]
During this time of year kids are beyond excited with Christmas on it’s way. They can’t seem to stay still for very long at all. The best thing I can do as a Mom, to keep my sanity, is to keep them busy. One thing we like to do this time of year is to feed the birds. Snow is falling as I write this, which means there is less available for the birds to easily eat. Over the years we have tried many different types of bird feeders, but no matter what type we have tried, the kids have always had fun. So, this year I figured I would get to work, showing you all some great ideas, recipes and tips for taking on […]
In our house we “do” the Santa thing, but I draw the line at elf on the shelf. I believe that is going way to far. There are many people who love this tradition, but I want to explain to you why we do not. I hope that our thoughts get you thinking about your traditions so you can decide if they keep your faith going strong, or hurt it. Because celebrating Christmas is all about our faith, is it not? To dive into this topic, we first need to understand what the elf on the shelf is and what it’s purpose it. The elf on the shelf is a doll that comes with a book. The story book explains the process, but the idea […]
My kids have all come to know and believe in God so the Santa thing has not inhibited them. My hubby and I both grew up with Santa, so it is more of a tradition than a belief. When the kids outgrow it, we are fine with it, and then they get to help in the process. Our oldest has come to this point and loves to help out on Christmas Eve sneaking around the house placing the gifts under the tree and eating the cookies. It is a special time for him to really feel grown up and share a secret with Mom and Dad. So how did he react when he found out about the truth of Santa? He point-blank asked us why […]
I never thought of myself as having anxiety. I don’t get panic attacks, I’m not afraid of snakes or getting on stage, and isn’t that what signifies having anxiety? Actually that would be called an anxiety disorder. Having anxiety is actually very normal from time to time. Be it stress at work, medical emergencies, money or car problems, etc. All these are big issues anyone might have to deal with, and since they are out of the normal, it is completely normal for us to have anxiety while we are working through them. BUT, did you know that anxiety can be a big part of ADHD? Up until recently I would not have thought so. I re-visited my primary care doctor to talk […]
School amidst all the chaos of the Christmas season is challenging to say the least. The kids nor I really want to be focusing on school. Our minds are on happy things like Christmas lights, sledding, hot chocolate, wrapping presents, and just being cozy in our little house. But, school still needs to get done. So how do we manage the wandering minds of adults and children alike, and still focus on our job of homeschooling?
Every year on Christmas Eve, after church, dinner, presents, and story reading, the kids all gather around the computer while we track Santa. Yes, I did say track Santa. We are able to see where in the world he is, live. This is an amazing motivator for the kids to get moving to bed much quicker. Which helps us parents out a TON with all that bottled up energy they seem to gather late on Christmas Eve.
Today was the day, finally. We had to postpone our library donation day because we misjudged when the library closes and missed them by about 15 minutes, earlier this week. We were all ready to have a great experience and see the joy in the librarian’s face as we handed over some much loved, great condition books. However, this experience was not quite what we had expected.
Most traditions have to do with one of two categories, either food or fun. This tradition doesn’t fall into either one of them. Puzzled? Well, one of our traditions is to take the photo that we used for our Christmas cards and frame it in a really cute Christmas frame. The Christmas picture frames I usually get the week after Christmas, when all the seasonal stuff is on sale. Each year we pull out our cute pictures and decorate the house with them.
I was all prepared to write about the kids awesome experience donating books to our local library, but that just isn’t going to happen tonight. When we were ready to head over, I found out that the library was closed. We had just missed them by about 15 minutes. Bummer!