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ADHD brain hacks to help your child focus

Jul 03, 2022

"Why can't you just focus?!!!"

It is the night before an important assignment is due at school. It is on the most boring of topics. Your child has left it to the last minute. Every time they try and switch their brain into gear to get it done, it gets worse.  They can't focus.  You can feel your stress rising.  Why can't they just focus! The more they try, the harder it gets!

I know you understand what I am talking about. It is so hard for people with ADHD to focus on things that they are not interested in. I watch my kids (and husband) struggle with this daily. Sometimes...

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10 things I want my children with ADHD to know

Mar 22, 2022

I was thinking about what the most important things are that I want my kids to know as they navigate through life with ADHD. We get so caught up in just surviving each day that I loved the idea of sitting down and writing a list of the things I want them to learn from my experiences.

I have 3 boys with ADHD and I spent some time last weekend thinking about what I want them to learn from me.  Not as an ADHD coach but as their mum.  What advice would I give them or what are 10 things that I would like them to know.

Here they are:

1. Friends

I know making and keeping friends can be...

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Start the year right checklist

Dec 30, 2021

2021 has been challenging for most people in our lovely community.   I have been reflecting and taking a little minute over the Christmas break to think about what I want for me and my family in 2022.  What can we change to make 2022 as enjoyable as possible?

For most of us we just want to have a little more time to slow down and enjoy things.  Most of us are a little bit burnt out by 2021. 

I wanted to give you a little gift to say thank you for being a part of this community.  Below is my FREE "Start the year right checklist".  Print it, pop it on the...

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Looking after yourself series #1 (Sleep)

Jul 13, 2021
 

Hey - are you exhausted?

I talk a lot about how important it is to take care of ourselves because what we deal with each day can be challenging. 

We need to have something left in our tank to weather the storm of life. I am so lucky to show you this series of three short 5 minute videos from our wonderful naturopath friend, Jules Galloway, as she touches on sleep, stress and chronic fatigue.

Today's blog is all about SLEEP 

Jules works with women with fatigue and exhaustion.  She really brings so many valuable tips in these 5 minute videos.

It is well worth a watch, so...

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How do we get our children to do what needs to be done?

Sep 05, 2019
 

How do we actually get our children to do what needs to be done? It is a tough one and it is something we talk about a lot in my one on one coaching sessions.  The truth is, it is a tricky one and we often need to explore what motivates your child specifically.

 Here are some tips to help motivate your child:

  1. One step simple instructions.  Please do not interrupt that task with further instructions, as it will distract them.

  2. Be visual have a chart or draw out what they need to do.  Have the action of moving the paperclip down the side of the paper or ticking the task...
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The wonderful art of saying NO more often...

Aug 26, 2019
How are you at saying no? 
 
This is something most women are sooooo bad at! It is a fine art. I used to be a chronic yes person. Learning to say no is one of the best things you can learn. 
 
You see as a parent of a child with special needs our lives run with a level of intensity that is higher than others. It can be faster, more extreme.  We need to protect ourselves and a key tool to this is to become one with the word NO.
 
Yet so many of us continue to say yes to commitments when our hearts and mind scream no! We overcommit ourselves and fill up our...
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Have you given up or are you a warrior?

Aug 05, 2019

It blows my mind when the media lead with negative traits of ADHD and special needs in general.  It is everywhere. You see, time and time again throughout history the big change makers, the big hitters, the big risk takers, the greats, the outside the box thinkers, have been people with ADHD.  So why do we only seem to hear of the negatives?  It is something that makes me cranky.  

Well it could be because these are kids are challenging to parent, the negatives are in your face.  Everyday on facebook groups there are parents at their wits end.  They...

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Self care tips for parents of children with behavioural challenges

Jul 21, 2019

We all know we need to look after ourselves... but life happens and we are looking after children that have special needs and behavioural challenges - somehow every week something seems to come up and our needs fall to the end of a very long to do list.

But the truth of the matter is, we are a seriously high burn out risk. 

Over the years I have come to realise that I was waiting for someone to swoop in and take care of me.  I didn't put myself first, everyone else's needs came first.  Sadly, if we don't look after ourselves, we wont have anything left in the tank to assist...

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What's in your freezer? (FREE inventory included)

May 27, 2019

So.... what is in your freezer?

Most people can rattle off a few things... but the truth is not many of us know exactly what is in there... what is that mystery meat hiding behind the frozen bananas? We keep buying more, spending more money and not using what we already have.

In the Calming the Chaos 6 week online course we talk about predictable problems and ensuring you have back up meals ready to go for those days that don't go to plan (cue sickness, meltdowns, traffic jams). So let's make some room for our back up meals!

Time for a freezer audit! 

Let's do this:

1. Empty all...

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