Parenting Panda

@parentingpanda
People are obsessed with pandas having babies. And when they arrive, most people only see the cute photos. Let's talk about the reality of parenting, the ups and downs and throw-ups and breakdowns. Some days I can roll around and cuddle forever, and other days I feel like running to hide in the bamboo. Let's celebrate our wins and forgive our imperfections.
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How are you with directions?

<p>How are you with directions?</p>
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How do you help your child with ADHD succeed in school?

<p>How do you help your child with ADHD succeed in school?</p>
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Reflecting on parent role models

<p>Reflecting on parent role models</p>
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Quirks as symptoms

<p>Quirks as symptoms</p>
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How do you help your child with ADHD feel confident?

<p>How do you help your child with <a href="https://themighty.com/topic/adhd/?label=ADHD" class="tm-embed-link  tm-autolink health-map" data-id="5b23ce5800553f33fe98c48e" data-name="ADHD" title="ADHD" target="_blank">ADHD</a> feel confident?</p>
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Hi!

My daughter has ADHD. She has been on medication for almost a year now. She’s 18.
I’m thinking that I may have it too.
I’m so happy to have found this group.

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Got any bedtime tips?

<p>Got any bedtime tips?</p>
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ADHD life hacks — can they work for kids and teens?

<p><a href="https://themighty.com/topic/adhd/?label=ADHD" class="tm-embed-link  tm-autolink health-map" data-id="5b23ce5800553f33fe98c48e" data-name="ADHD" title="ADHD" target="_blank">ADHD</a> life hacks — can they work for kids and teens?</p>
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How do you talk to your child about ADHD?

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I’m new here!

Hi all - 👋. I don’t know that I’ll have a lot of time to interact on here, but wanted to connect so that I can pop in every now and then and glean some tidbits and knowledge from this community.

A little about me and my family: I have two kids, a daughter (almost 17 and going into her senior year) who is on the Spectrum, although not formally diagnosed. She is wonderful, smart, creative and does very well in school and in theater, but struggles socially.

My son, 14, was recently formally diagnosed with ADHD and a processing disorder. We’ve treated him for ADHD since 4th grade without a formal diagnosis, but it wasn’t until I had him home during COVID that I suspected something else was going on, so we had a formal learning evaluation done with a Psychiatrist. He is on Adderal, which has improved his grades considerably, but what has really made the differences in his life are his twice weekly speech therapy sessions to help with his processing disorder and his once per week therapy to help him with his executive functions. He is going into high school this year, so we’re really trying to prepare him with the tools he needs. Here’s hoping! I’m trying not to be too anxious about it.

Through this journey with our kids, my husband has started to realize that he has many of these same traits, most notably ADHD and the processing disorder. He is a very successful Engineer and has owned his own business, sat on boards, managed dozens of employees and it took him until age 48 to be diagnosed with ADHD. It also makes so much sense that he uses the wrong words all the time - I just shrugged it off as he is just more left brained and doesn’t have a good of a grasp of the English language - nope - processing disorder!

Anyway - that’s us! Sometimes I feel like I’m on my own island being pretty “normal” in our family, whatever that means. I think my husband understands my kids better than me and is therefore more patient, but I’m working on it every day….well, most days, anyway.

Thanks for listening!

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