Melody is a wife and mother of three beautiful children ages 9, 8, and 3 years, each with their own challenges. A certified teacher, now a stay-at-home mom and family daycare provider, her days are filled with activity that engage a tremendous measure of energy, stamina, and courage! Melody blogs at My Twisted Stitches and is also a parent blogger for Empowering Parents.
My friend Cheryl over at A Little Bit Quirky recently wrote a post about the five minute warning and how it is often a cue for her child to engage in either a new activity or to intensify the interest in "whatever." I find that my son is exactly the same way. For him, sometimes it is... Read more »
OMG, the constant cacophony of chaos in my home makes me insane! My two ADHD children and my imaginative musical preschooler make for a great deal of noise. Between the chatter of blatant antagonism, the shrieks of irritable frustration, and the riotous laughter of play, the decibel level in my home is frequently a +10.
I'm... Read more »
Not for Nothin’, but today was a great parenting day; albeit interspersed with the loud tantrums of my 8-year-old son. I found a “hook” for him today and seized the opportunity! I’m not sure why it clicked for us today, unless it was the fact that he’s been possessively obsessed with the Toy... Read more »
The other day a two-year-old touring NYC with her parents fell into the East River.She darted away, slipped and slid saliently into the water in an instant. Fortunately, she was saved by her alert father within moments. He's my hero. As a Mom with ADHD and three young and impulsive children (including a two-year-old) I... Read more »
When you have a child with behavioral issues attached to a mood disorder, the entire family is impacted. Sometimes it's like experiencing the aftershocks from an earth quake where you live with the trepidation that at any moment the slightest shaking could become cataclysmic. Other days you are aware that every moment is a bombardment... Read more »
For my children, hearing, listening, following directions, and(oh, let me just say it) compliance with others is like pulling teeth. (*Cringe*.)? There are many days when I feel like I've failed as a parent, and my kids are still so young. When you throw in their ADHD (and mine) into the mix, it makes for... Read more »
It is late January and my home is knee deep in the post-holiday let down, pre-birthday craze, cabin fever zoo/mess! Now that I've finally packed up all the holiday stuff and the new toys have been well broken in, it seems we are back to hearing the mantra, I'm bored! There's nothing to do and... Read more »
I ended my last blog post for EP by saying that our daughter was given the diagnosis of ADHD and began Ritalin in first grade, which seemed to be a miracle...
Can you blame us for being relieved when she began having fantastic days in school and we had nothing but great reports from the teachers,... Read more »
My name is Melody, and I'm the mother of three children — two of which are diagnosed ADHD, as am I. I'm excited to begin blogging here on Empowering Parents. Today's disjointed society separates us from one another, yet through websites such as this we can be the village that it takes to raise our... Read more »