Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want…

Now that summer is finally upon us it’s a good time to take a break from the treadmill and breathe. While for many of us, although our work day is no different, there is undoubtedly a shift in the daily routine now that the school bus no longer beckons and homework is not an ever-present stressor. By allowing for some distance from our daily stressors, we can begin to view the challenges we face with our children through a more patient, … Read more

Homework…ugg!

So – how was your day?  Do you have a lot of homework?  And so, it begins… For many parents, one of the greatest sources of stress revolves around the issue of homework.  The reasons for the stress may vary from parent to parent, or may be different based on each child’s uniqueness, but the end result can be just as impactful.  I want to share my perspective on how we can reduce some of the stress and find more … Read more

Does ADHD have to lead to Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is characterized by excessive anger, frustration, arguing, stubbornness and defiance. The correlation rate for being diagnosed with ADHD and ODD is staggering, ranging between 60% and 80%. It is the most common co-existing condition associated with ADHD and people with ADHD are 11 times more likely to be diagnosed with ODD than the general population. Anyone familiar with ADHD knows that its core components are Inattentiveness, Hyperactivity, and Impulsivity. Yet, very often I receive calls from parents … Read more

Supporting Teachers

This year I have had the opportunity to provide professional development in Michigan, Indiana, Florida, Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, California, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. I have worked with teachers, guidance counselors, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, social workers, school psychologists, paraprofessionals, and principals. What I have experienced this year has convinced me wholeheartedly that the opportunity to make a positive change in our schools and for our kids is ripe, and that educators are hungry, in fact, desperate, … Read more

What I Learned About Time Management from Running and a Tomato

Life lessons often come from places you least expect.  Now before you become concerned that I am going to preach the virtues of running or changing your diet, no worries – that’s not my agenda.  I would like to share, however, what I have learned this past year, not about Time Management, but true Productivity.  After all, isn’t that the real goal of managing time, to increase your overall success in accomplishing what you want in life? If anyone would have … Read more

Screens – We MUST Help Our Kids Learn to Manage

I recently showed the documentary Screenagers and hosted a panel discussion following the film. I have to tell you that the experience, the conversations, and the whole issue of how our kids today are being impacted by their use of phones and social media has shaken me to my core. Truly, I believe this is the greatest issue facing parents today. Unlike the tragedy of drug and alcohol addiction, we cannot shield our children from screens completely as they have … Read more

How do I get my kids to talk TO me, instead of AT me…

My latest article that appeared in the CHADD Attention Magazine Winter 2017-18 edition. Conversations with our kids are not always easy. Sometimes it feels as if they just are not listening. Other times it seems that, with all our efforts, we cannot get our children to share their thoughts, concerns, or even their desires. Or perhaps they are sharing, but not in a way that is appropriate, timely, or helpful. And to complicate matters, one of the greatest challenges parents … Read more

“Take Your Pills” Documentary Debuts at SXSW

 I just watched the Kara Swisher interview with Maria Shriver and her daughter Christina at SXSW about Alison Klayman’s upcoming film, “Take Your Pills” that they co-produced.  The movie will be on Netflix on Friday, March 16th and I am cautiously optimistic.  My sincere hope is that it will address the serious and dangerous issue of the misuse and abuse of Adderall while at the same time recognizing the valuable and safe use of medication for those who truly have … Read more