Silent Saturday

I want to tell you about a young man I know. I’ll call him Zeke. He’s a great kid: smart, funny, charismatic, athletic, even handsome. He only has one problem that I can see, he doesn’t treat himself well. That’s what I call it when someone persists in behavior that makes their life harder than [...]

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The Thalamus Memory Trick

Most memories are stored in the outlying areas of the brain called the temporal lobes, just behind the temples—thus the name. However memories that are coupled with intense emotion, either negative or positive, are stored in the thalamus at center of the brain. Our brain gives these memories priority treatment. Our sub-conscious mind uses them [...]

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An ADD Perspective on God

If feel the need to write about basketball on Saturday, then on Sunday I should write about God. This week I’d like to express a few brief thoughts about God from the perspective of my ADD. As I type the word “God” I recognize that those who read this blog may vary greatly in their [...]

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Jordan Magee’s Three Pointer

In keeping with the spirit of Saturday, I’d like to reminisce about something I spent many Saturdays doing, as my kids were growing up. As a basketball coach I sometimes used mottos and mantras to shape my players attitude. I repeated some so often that I could say the first part and my players would [...]

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Attack It with Their Strengths

As I promised yesterday, here is the second section from my book Puddnhead Parenting on focusing on strengths. This step must be preceded by an effort to help your child identify their strength as outliine in yesterday’s post. Armed with an ever-growing understanding of their ADD and an ever-growing list of their superpowers, your child [...]

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Helping Them Find Their Superpowers

In continuation of yesterday’s theme of recognizing areas of intelligence, I would like to include this section from my book, Puddnhead Parenting: How to Form a Positive Working Relationship with a Child with ADD. Tomorrow I’ll add the follow up section: Attacking Their Problems with Their Strengths. Each superhero from the first DC comic until [...]

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Where Is Your Intelligence?

I’ve pondered for years what the word intelligence really means. Webster would say it is a capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding and other forms of mental activities. That may be true, but I feel it needs some clarification. My beginnings in school are likely the cause of this question rattling around in my brain for [...]

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A Talk about Selfhood

I sat and talked with a great young man this morning, who was diagnosed in the fourth grade as having ADD. The diagnosis came about because his teacher noticed that he was having difficulty paying attention and turning assignments in on time. As we spoke I was impressed with his honest open demeanor, and how [...]

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