ADHD · Holiday · Parenting

A Survival Guide for the ADHD Household & the Holidaze

A quick show of hands…who has seen the new Bad Moms movie?  If you are not raising your hand right now, stop reading this and get yourself to the theater.  As a parent to an ADHDer this movie speaks your language.  While Christmas is most definitely the Superbowl for moms, a family touched by ADHD is playing with the odds stacked against them.

How do you survive?  And if you are really good even ENJOY the holidays?  Here a few of my tricks…

  1. Cue the Frozen soundtrack….”Let it Go, Let it Go!!”  I know you want the picture perfect holiday but let’s get real…what does that look like?  Your kids are already overstimulated this time of year so dragging them to a million holiday events and errands is only going to make the situation go from bad to worse.  If you just can’t seem to get the holiday cards out this year, skip it…or make it a Valentine’s Day card.
  2. What are your priorities?  Ask yourself, ask your kids and ask your significant other and then make a list.  Keep the list short and put those things on the calendar.  Then you know what you can say yes to when the evites start rolling in.
  3. I have waxed poetic about my love for my holiday binder before…but I have to give it another shout-out here.  Although I would love to say I have it all together but it’s not perfect.  But it is a place where I can go to find all my decorating ideas, favorite holiday recipes, and shopping lists.  Check out this article for a detailed breakdown of how to put one together.
  4. Don’t hesitate to ask for help.  My hubby is way more proficient at wrapping gifts than I am.  I’m very lucky that he jumps in to help with this task and it takes just one more thing off my plate.

The opening scene of Bad Moms where Amy is sitting in the aftermath of a holiday gone catastrophic can be avoided.  Let’s face it our households have enough crazy…and then there are the holidays where the crazy is turned up a notch!

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What tips or tricks do you have to keep your holidays on track?  Comment below to share your ideas.

ADHD · Holiday

How to Revamp St. Patrick’s Day for ADHD

I love making little holidays special for my family. In all honesty I think I like it even more than the big hitters like Christmas and birthdays because there isn’t all the pressure and high expectations. With my new focus on raising a healthy family touched by ADHD, I was worried about our old traditions.

 

St Patrick’s Day of Yesterday

In the past my kiddos would wake on St. Patrick’s Day to find the house ransacked by the pesky leprechaun. Some of the furniture would be askew, a trail of gold coins and lots of liquids would be turned green. (A little much but my kids eat it up!) Breakfast would consist of Lucky Charms (the one time of year that I buy them), green milk and some fruit and bacon thrown in there for a little nutrition.

 

This Year’s Menu

As I’ve mentioned here before food dyes are now off the list. It doesn’t take a genius to realize Lucky Charms don’t get so bright naturally and of course the leprechaun’s main weapon to magically transform all the fluid green is green food dye. So I had to do a little research and I was able to find a few new products to keep our house festive this year. I bought this new food coloring that uses natural ingredients.  I’m crossing my fingers that it will work the same (and doesn’t have a funky taste).

Finding a substitute for Lucky Charms was not as easy!!  I did a quick google search and found a few cereals that might fit the bill here and here.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get my hands on any of those in time for the big day so I sent my hubby to Whole Foods.  He came home with this one.  Fingers crossed they don’t miss their Lucky Charms.

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Working diligently on his leprechaun trap

This Year’s Activities

My son has already built his leprechaun trap.  I find it so adorable how excited he gets about the holidays.  In researching this post I found countless projects on Pinterest.  The big win about the projects I’ve listed below is that in addition to getting into the Irish spirit it also allows my kiddos to meet their sensory needs.  Both of my kids are sensory seekers and Pickles has been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder.  I’m hoping to find the time to recreate one of these.  My kids will have a babysitter this year for St. Patty’s day…would it be cruel to equip them with the materials for a messy craft?  Hmmmmm

10 St. Patrick’s Day ideas for Sensory Bins by The Jenny Evolution

Rainbow Themed Activities by Nurture Store

Super Easy Gold Slime by Fun-A-Day

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!!  Wishin you a pot o gold and all the joy your heart can hold!