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“To My Kids: A Love Letter from Your Scatterbrained, Unpredictable, Truly Lucky Mom”

moms with ADHD, I bump and rattle through life, and my mothering style doesn’t quite qualify as mainstream but I’m no less (or more) a parent.Of course, my kids are routinely late for school. How am I supposed to know where my car keys are every single day?! But I also may deliver them pathologically early — because I get overly anxious about them never being on time. Those patient-as-Job boys also arrive at unanticipated times to unanticipated places.

A 3.5-hour trip to Chicago can easily stretch into a 6-hour trek, past Grandma’s house and up to Wisconsin. No rhyme, no reason. It just happens.[Get This Free Download: Parenting Guide for Moms & Dads with ADHD]My mom always put a hot, food-pyramid-compliant dinner (for nine of us) on the table by 5:30 p.m.

sharp. In my house, the food groups get tossed out in favor of tepid plates of whatever sludge I can dig up. The dinner window spans from about 4:30 p.m.

until 9ish — and things get even more interesting if I zone out and forget that providing an evening meal is part of my job description. We call those “scrounge” nights, where every man, woman, and child is on their own.I can’t remember many things – and my boys know that. (Simple verbal reminders lose effectiveness when I daydream about beach rocks or cage fighting or how good fabric softener smells.) My boys tape permission slips to the light fixture above the kitchen table, and they always check their lunchboxes before walking out the door – to ensure I have not packed them a can of condensed soup or my wallet.

Again. I’ve trained them well.After so many years of kicking myself, I am somewhat at peace with my ADHD-inspired foibles and peccadillos. After all, I have had this brain for 55 years, and it’s not going

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