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What Are the Symptoms of ADHD?

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Many parents wonder if their child has ADHD, but they have a difficult time being able to decipher what is normal and abnormal behavior. The truth is that diagnosing a child with ADHD takes time, patience, and thoroughness.

“When it comes to ADHD diagnosis, we don’t exactly have a blood test. It’s based on observation and there’s no conclusive diagnosis,” noted Anna Stewart, a special needs resource guide for Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere (ESME). In addition to helping the online community there, she has a son with ADHD. “The process is a questionnaire that is meant to be completed by different adults in different settings, by parents, teachers, etc., to see if there’s consistent reporting of the concerning behavior from multiple perspectives.”… More

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6 Simple and Genius At-Home Toddler Activities

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There are only so many times you can read the same book or play with the same building blocks before even your child starts going a little stir crazy. To help you mix things up at home, consider one of these simple and genius activities designed specifically for toddlers. Not only are they pure fun, they can also help with developmental skills. Sounds like a win-win if you ask us!… More

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Stranger Danger: Safety Tips for Your Little One

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Remember when your mom and dad warned you to never talk to strangers or take candy from them? Life was much more simple back in the day, it seems. Today’s challenges for raising kids safely and teaching them to be safe are much greater than our parents probably ever faced. Jennifer Lundy-Aguerre (MFT), from La Mesa, California-based Positive Change Counseling Center (www.pccounselingcenter.com), says “Teaching your children how to be safe doesn’t have to be a scary experience. Build it in to their everyday lives and that awareness will become natural for them.”… More

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Quick Kid-Friendly Breakfast Recipes

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Outside of giving your kids straight up candy, there are two primary ways to get them excited about their breakfast. The first is to make their food fun! Change it up, incorporate a lot of color, and even try different containers! The second is to let them participate in the process. Maybe that means they choose the star ingredients in a recipe, or maybe that means they help you prepare the dish. Of course, the food should be tasty, too. With the help of a registered dietician and kid’s food expert, we hope to help you do all the above with the quick and easy breakfast ideas below…. More

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Plan for Your Postpartum Period

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When I was preparing for the birth of my first child, I attended all the classes my hospital had to offer, the newborn care class, the Lamaze class, the partner class, and the breastfeeding class. I felt as prepared as I could be to tackle the crazy unknown of childbirth and postpartum…. More

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