What’s On Your Playdar?

Playdar is something that we are all born with.  It’s the ability to see the potential for play in every situation.  Have you ever noticed how kids will point out the silliest things even in the most seemingly serious situations? (I love that alliteration!)  As we get...
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#Adulting #Adultergarten

This past summer, Time magazine featured an article entitled, “This Is What ‘Adulting’ Means” (June 8, 2016).  According to the linguistics journal American Speech, the verb “adulting” means: to behave in an adult manner; engage in activities associated with adulthood...
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ADHD Is (Not Always) Fun

**Warning*** This is not a fun and playful post. ADHD runs rampant in my family.  Long before any other health issues began appearing in my life, it was apparent (from my records and embarrassing stories told by family members) that I had classic problems with...
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Any Day Is New Year Day

January 1st comes at a predictable time each year.  As do the posts, news stories, and conversations that start with “What are your New Year’s resolutions?” Frankly, on New Year’s day, I am only focused on the fact that the holidays are over and life can get back to...
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What’s On Your Playdar?

Playdar is something that we are all born with.  It’s the ability to see the potential for play in every situation.  Have you ever noticed how kids will point out the silliest things even in the most seemingly serious situations? (I love that alliteration!)  As we get... read more
#Adulting #Adultergarten

#Adulting #Adultergarten

This past summer, Time magazine featured an article entitled, “This Is What ‘Adulting’ Means” (June 8, 2016).  According to the linguistics journal American Speech, the verb “adulting” means: to behave in an adult manner; engage in activities associated with adulthood... read more
ADHD Is (Not Always) Fun

ADHD Is (Not Always) Fun

**Warning*** This is not a fun and playful post. ADHD runs rampant in my family.  Long before any other health issues began appearing in my life, it was apparent (from my records and embarrassing stories told by family members) that I had classic problems with... read more
Any Day Is New Year Day

Any Day Is New Year Day

January 1st comes at a predictable time each year.  As do the posts, news stories, and conversations that start with “What are your New Year’s resolutions?” Frankly, on New Year’s day, I am only focused on the fact that the holidays are over and life can get back to... read more
Fascinating and Fun

Fascinating and Fun

On Saturday I am attending the Women’s March in Boston with my friend Lollie and 60,000+ other women.  This is just one of many sister marches associated with the Women’s March in Washington DC this weekend. The Rise of the Woman = The Rise of the Nation In... read more
Start Your Engine: Key Motivators for the ADHD Brain

Start Your Engine: Key Motivators for the ADHD Brain

In the last article on Priming the Pump  I talked about using play as a way to get the dopamine flowing to your brain when you are feeling unmotivated, disinterested, or overwhelmed by the task in front of you.   There are six key characteristics of play and other... read more
Prime the Pump–Play First

Prime the Pump–Play First

There is a local restaurant in Maine that has written across their menu “Eat Dessert First.”  Needless to say, one of their “specialties” is their whoopie pies.  I’d never had a whoopie pie before I moved to Maine.  They are basically large devil dogs–cakes with... read more
I Think I Have ADHD–What Do I Do?

I Think I Have ADHD–What Do I Do?

Co-workers, friends, your mother, your spouse, and maybe even your kids all tease you that you can’t pay attention.  Now that you think about it, all your life you have heard people comment “You just need to focus;” “Johnny would meet his potential if he just paid... read more
Winter Is Coming, And So Is Ch, Ch, Ch, CHADD!

Winter Is Coming, And So Is Ch, Ch, Ch, CHADD!

That is the sound of my teeth starting to chatter as the cold weather is settling in in New England this week  But I have other things to focus on besides the change in my wardrobe and the drop in the mercury.  In a month, the annual CHADD conference is happening in... read more
Is Play Procrastination?

Is Play Procrastination?

Sometimes play is not going to be on your itinerary, but yet it is exactly what is needed. You might be sitting at your desk with writer’s block—I’ve definitely been there—and no matter how long you sit and stare at the screen nothing comes to mind or you just can’t... read more

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