Dear parents and educators,
I am willing to bet my right arm that awareness, curiosity, and creativity is far more important to a child's development than is discipline, comprehension, and competency.
Yet, school is OBSESSED with teaching, testing, and improving those last three things.
In an effort to measure your child's performance and productivity schools have neatly organized, standardized, and quantified lessons by category, grade, and benchmark (like an assembly l
*Join me at CHADD-SFV's next Peer-to-Peer or Parent group linked here: https://www.meetup.com/CHADD-SFV/ *Join a private, online Adult, Teen, and/or Parent group on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/CHADDSFV/ *Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Parents, The most frustrating part about having ADHD is that no matter how much I READ, LEARN, and UNDERSTAND about it, I still find it INCREDIBLY challenging to be mindful of my habits. Very often, I will repeat the sa
Dear Parents, In this week's Vlog, I share four reasons why you should NOT hire me as a coach. Each reason is based in a common misconception or limiting belief that would hold us back from making meaningful progress toward your goals. Here are the four reasons below (I go into them more in depth in my video): Don't hire me if... You want me to "fix" you child or "fix your spouse. You are not willing to hear the truth. You are not ready to take action toward your goals. You w
Dear parents, If you're not yet familiar with my Alpha Parent Model, I encourage you to download this PDF guide that breaks it down. Or read it here on my blog (the link opens in a new window). In this video, I walk you through the nine MindFull Principles that I practice in order to navigate the executive functioning challenges that with ADHD and anxiety. These are the same principles that help my clients to master their executive functioning skills so that they can become c
Dear moms, This week's message is for those of you who choose to turn on your light and shine brightly despite the darkness outside.
Whether you are navigating a stressful situation, feeling unfulfilled, depressed, or anxious about the future, the insights I'll share in this video will show you how to become a self-ignited and consistent source of light and love.
You will learn:
1. How to choose your emotional state
2. How to ignite your light
3. How to manifest and
Parents, This is a short, yet eye-opening guide to understanding what's beneath the surface of your child's BIG emotions and "BAD" behaviors. Download and print this PDF [https://cutt.ly/8tlAGS] for a quick overview of the 3 MYTHS behind your child's behavior and learn three positive affirmations to help you stay calm when your child is feeling distressed, emotional, or frustrated. Leave a comment or email me at email@example.com to share your feedback, questions, o
Hi Parents, Last week I had a chat with a mom about her young son who was being bullied at school. During our conversation, I mentioned a really valuable interview I had heard on the radio earlier that week about dealing with difficult people and stressful situations. (I was able to find a link! I highly encourage you to listen to this NPR interview with psychologist Lisa Damour.) In this Vlog I share the same tips I discussed during our call and summarize Lisa Damour's aweso
Parents, Being awesome doesn't mean being perfect. In fact, if you could be a perfect person, that would make you a pretty crummy parent. Your child would never see you mess up, grow, or change. They wouldn't learn, from your frustration or sadness, how to be frustrated or sad. They wouldn't learn, from your resilience and growth, how to navigate challenges and face their fears. Instead, your child would feel like they could never live up to your perfect expectations. Each ti
Check out the six core needs below, and keep reading to learn how you can meet all of your child's needs following a few mindful principles that help you parent more intentionally and compassionately. Certainty - Safety, stability, security, comfort, order, predictability, control, sense of consistency. Uncertainty/Variety - Surprise, challenge, excitement, difference, chaos, adventure, change. Significance - Meaning, pride, self-importance. Feeling wanted, needed, special, w
I've been meaning to Vlog on this topic for a while now, because this really is such a common thread among most (if not all) of the families I coach. This mistake is so widespread, I think, because parents make it with the best intentions in mind. Yet, they lack the awareness of how this one mistake is damaging their relationship with their child. This mistake is overfunctioning. Overfunctioning is like a weird, self-reinforcing feedback-loop that keeps parents stuck in a cyc
Check out SFV CHADD's upcoming parent support group on Wed, Feb 27 @7pm. I really tried making this a SHORT video but it was a difficult task because Dr. Brown's talk was so packed with insights and examples of how emotions affect individuals with ADHD. I left out the entire portion where he talked about medication and about the 10 common myths about ADHD (something I'll cover in a future video). So, despite the length (21 minutes), I hope you watch all the way through becaus
Parents, Is your child is stuck in a vicious cycle of failure? Are they failing a class, several classes? Failing to keep their backpack organized? Failing to turn in their work? Failing to brush their teeth most nights? Failing to "launch" in general? In this week's Vlog, I summarize three of the most powerful take-aways that I got from Michael Delman M Ed. in his workshop where he shares the stories and tools from his new book - Your Kid's Gonna Be OK: A Guide to Raising a
Elaine Taylor-Klaus is a certified coach, author, and co-Founder of Impact ADHD, and co-creator of Sanity School. This week she hosted a workshop called "Why are you yelling? Taming the Triggers and Turning the Family Volume Way Down." In this Vlog, I walk you through her four step process for taming your triggers and explain why and how it works to radically shift the energy in your home. Here are the four steps: 1. Recognize the threat
2. Reclaim your brain
3. Choose a pe
Parents, how many times has this happened to you? It's a weekday morning, you've got a few minutes to get out the door to get to school on time, and your child simply refuses to put on their jacket, or their shoes, or do some other super simple task. And no matter what you do or say, they JUST WON'T LISTEN... This can be SO frustrating and overwhelming, and for many parents, this is a recurring morning hassle. This video is a response to an email I received from Chelsea, mom
Watch this short video to learn the top four reasons parents give me for yelling at their kids. Learn how it affects the development of their child's executive functioning. PS, lots of yelling and arguing can be attributed to issues surrounding school. If your student struggles to keep up with their academics or tasks, download my super practical 3-Part Executive Functioning Guide written specifically for parents of struggling students:. #ExecutiveFunction #VLOG #Yelling #Emo
The transition from summer vacation to a new semester of school definitely triggers a lot of emotions for both parents and kids. A major theme last week in my meetings with parents was how to stay emotionally regulated while their child acts out emotionally. Most of the parents I meet admit that they frequently act out of their own frustration when their child is acting out; that It's really difficult to stay calm, especially when you are rushing through a busy day. In this s
In this video, I talk about a the very common theme of procrastination. I’ll review: 1. Three common beliefs that cause us to procrastinate. 2. Three hacks to overcome those beliefs. 3. The “One Minute” rule I follow to help me beat procrastination everyday. I’m a master procrastinator. I have spent a lifetime figuring out ways to either delay or avoid tasks I don’t feel like doing. I like to think of procrastination as “malfunction” in one of the five steps of executive func