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    I’ve never had real a nickname, but my dad sometimes called me “Jacly” when I was a kid. The joke started when I forgot the last letter of my name at the top of a school paper. Fourth-grade Jaclyn knew how to spell her own name — obviously — but my attention span wasn’t always long […]

    The post I have ADHD, and sometimes I can’t spell my own name appeared first on The ADHD Homestead.


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    My attempts at effective homemaking with ADHD could fill a memoir. I long for a tidy, peaceful home where guests always feel comfortable and welcome. My grandmother would tell you I make this look easy. We should all have someone like my grandmother in our lives. For everyone else, I give you this visitors’ guide. I do […]

    The post My ADHD Home: A Visitors’ Guide appeared first on The ADHD Homestead.


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    Life at the ADHD Homestead is about to get crazy: we’re renovating our kitchen. This is our biggest, baddest project since we did in vitro fertilization almost five years ago. Like IVF, the payoffs will be fantastic — we got a kid last time, and this time we’ll get a kitchen larger than a closet — […]

    The post Applying the ADHD brakes during a huge project appeared first on The ADHD Homestead.


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  • 05/10/17--03:00: Caught up in the excitement
  • There are people who think ADHD is a gift. I’m not one of them. Just today, I read this sentence in a comment thread: “I have reached the conclusion that ADHD persons are are blessing to the world and that having ADHD is a gift rather than a curse.” Not to be judge-y, but I […]

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    “My teen son has ADHD, and I know this makes him more likely to die in a car accident.” This was how this week’s guest blogger, Mark Connor, opened his introductory email to me. It hit home. 16 years ago this month, I took my driver’s license test. I’ve officially been driving for half my […]

    The post Protecting teen drivers with ADHD appeared first on The ADHD Homestead.


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    “At least you didn’t do worse than chance.” I had to laugh. My dad had unloaded a huge, unwanted box of old school papers on me. While most went into the recycling, I found a few gems. Among them, a pattern-recognition exercise where I scored an overall 25% on a four-part multiple choice. As my […]

    The post ADHD clues: My embarrassing 2nd grade papers appeared first on The ADHD Homestead.


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    Let’s talk about feelings. ADHD feelings. Most people don’t realize, ADHD is way more than forgetfulness and distractability and poor impulse control. ADHD can make our emotions big and scary and maybe even dangerous. Feelings that come and go quickly for others can suck us in, kind of like an emotional eddy. Growing up alongside […]

    The post Through the valley of the shadow of emotional hyperfocus appeared first on The ADHD Homestead.


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    Smartphones are a double-edged sword for adults with ADHD. I have a love-hate relationship with mine. On one hand, it’s a Swiss Army knife of a device. It reminds me to take my meds. It puts my calendar in front of my face every time I unlock its screen. It condenses many tools — day […]

    The post Taming distractions: my smartphone-free week appeared first on The ADHD Homestead.


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