Why You Should Set Boundaries In Your Parenting

Even before I started this blog I was obsessed with parenting. I read as many books as I could get my hands on while I was pregnant. Like most clueless well-intentioned first time parents, my husband and I thought we could do it all. I stopped trying to be the perfect parent and I started […]

Dealing With Our Big Feelings

Dealing with our Big Feelings…and that Stupid Elf   The Holiday Season is upon us. This is the season of togetherness and joy. The time of year when we give back to our community and celebrate shared traditions. And for many of us, myself included, it is the season for emotional meltdowns. Maybe it’s the […]

Comparing Apples and Oranges

If your child has ADHD, or some other exceptionality, is it fair to compare them to “normal” children? I’m gonna go off on one of my weird tangents here. I have issues.  But you already knew that, right? The other night we had dinner with some friends. Watching my son play a game of Boggle with […]

From Conflict to Calm

  It started on a Monday morning. I had one of those cortisol-induced parenting moments. You know the kind, when you shout or otherwise lose control of yourself in the course of trying to go about your day. I am sure you also know the feeling of guilt and/or shame that often follows it. I […]

11 Things I Love About Raising A Boy

This is an updated post. I thank my lucky stars every day that I have a boy. When I am around little girls I feel a bit uncomfortable. Sometimes I think if I had a daughter my brand of crazy would be even more pronounced, and it would start to rub off on her. 11 […]

10 Picky-Mom Approved Television Shows for Kids

Disclosure: This post contains Amazon Affiliate links.  Any purchases made through these links directly support A Dose of Distraction.   Yup, I let my kid watch television. I do this with full acknowledgement of the fact that most of the current research tells us that children should not watch tv. Or at least, they shouldn’t […]

My Kindergartener Thinks He Is Smarter Than Me

Funny.  And Scary.  And true. For the longest time I thought it was my imagination. I had the thought in the back of my mind but I refused to voice it. Over time it has become clear that my early suspicion was correct. Most of the time my son’s biting one-liners are funny. Like earlier […]

Jumpstart Summer Learning with Play-Based Activities

This is a guest post from my partner-in-crime/fellow mommy/Facebook group admin….and she also saved my butt with this one. I was not keeping my ish together this week.  Thanks Lee-Anne! ———————————- Children with ADHD look forward to summer break even more than their peers. (I presume, I didn’t take a poll or anything.) After a […]

Authoritative Parenting When Mom Has ADHD Too

I recall as a teenager committing some infraction and being punished with a grounding and some type of lost privileges. My grounding may or may not have had something to do with a boy. At this point the details are fuzzy, but I was definitely in trouble for something. Grounding worked on me because I […]