WOMEN WITH ADHD
Moms with ADHD
34MIF! Can’t get kids to pick up their toys? MIF
(“Make It Fun”). Set a timer for 10
minutes, and whoever gets their
toys put away first wins a small
reward (staying up 15 minutes
later, for example).
35BUT I HATE RULES! True, but your kids
thrive on them. Write down their
bedtime routine, with times and
activities (8:00 P.M.-bath), and
hang one in the bathroom and one
in the bedroom.
36SET THE TONE EACH MORNING. If you wake
up expecting to pick on your kids,
you’ve made the decision for
everyone to start their day in a foul
mood. Remind yourself that each
morning is an opportunity to feel
great throughout the day.
37GROUP BONDING. Kids won’t do their chores?
Bond with your kids by working
alongside them (perhaps helping
them or doing your own chores).
It’s a home run: You get things
done while spending time with the
38SCORE! Can’t get your kids to throw dirty laundry
in the basket? Get a toy basketball
hoop, place it over their door with
a basket underneath, and voila.
39DON’T FORGET YOUR... If your kids forget to bring
school papers back to school, get
a second backpack and hang it
on a hook in the coat area. If you
find signed papers, completed
homework, and so on after your
child has gone off to school, place
it in the second backpack for your
child to wear the next day.
40CAP TURE VITAL INFO. Buy color-coded binders—
one for each household member—
and store health records and other
important papers that you need
to access regularly in each. Your
own binder could contain bills that
are due, names and numbers of
everyone’s doctors, medications,
important upcoming events, and
41PICK YOUR BATTLES. Ask yourself: Is it worth the battle to
make sure their socks match
every morning? Give them some
slack and you’ll all be happier.
SUMMER 2017 >> ADDitude 39
42THE WINDSHIELD TRICK. Do you leave
the house without your
purse, phone, or (fill in the
blank) on a regular basis?
Use a dry erase marker and
write a reminder on the
driver’s side of your car each
day when you return home.
43DON’T LOSE THAT HOUGHT! Send
yourself phone messages and
emails. If you have a smartphone, use the voice-con-trolled assistant (Siri, Cortana,
Google) to make a note for
you or to add an appointment to your calendar.
44TALK TO YOUR PHONE. Use the voice
memo feature on your cell
phone to capture brilliant
ideas and boring grocery
lists before you forget them.
45STUMBLE OVER I T. If you absolutely cannot
leave home without a
particular item, put it on the
floor directly in your path to
the door, so that you would
stumble over it unless you
picked it up. Take care that
others don’t stumble, though!
46KEEP POST-ITS IN THE BATHROOM.
Inspiration can strike anywhere, so
keep a pen and Post-Its near
the sink to write messages to
yourself. Stick them on the
mirror until you’re ready to
take action. The sticky notes
are easily discarded when
the task has been completed.