The good, the bad and the distracted stories of my ADHD family.

About Me

 

My name is Heidi, and I’m an “attention surplus” stay-at-home mom who does her best to navigate life’s crazy adventures with her “attention deficit” ADHD family.   I make lots of lists and I’m wicked good at organizing a calendar.

I’m married to Nathan, a larger than life personality who has untreated ADHD, is salesman by day and a comedian at night.  My three outgoing, loud, funny creative kids are my life. Two of my kids (one son and one daughter) have ADHD. My youngest daughter does not have ADHD, and she’s the one I turn to when I need someone to remember to turn off the stove. Whenever I can, I share my attention surplus with attention deficit kids, and drive them crazy with lists, post it notes, and repeated talking.

About This Blog:

I never thought I’d be blogging about ADHD. But whenever I talked with other attention deficit families, I found they weren’t crazy saying, “put your shoes on, put your shoes on, put your shoes on” twenty times.

Granted, most of the time I’m talking to moms about their sons, but it’s been reassuring for others to hear about my daughter’s struggles and how they differ from my sons, or to hear about my husband. Once again, confirmation their own son will grow up one day, have a job, family and be able to put his own shoes on.

ADHD has been a roller coaster of a ride. It’s confusing, frustrating, exhaustive, irritating, funny, and creative, loving, hyper, and exciting. (I’m sure I’m leaving out a few adjectives… but you get the point.) Over the last eight years I’ve learned a lot, but I’m in no way an expert. All I have are my stories, which will hopefully resonate, bring solace, confirmation, or just a good laugh.

Heidi

I think my oldest daughter’s eyes say it all… distracted.

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2 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Mat

    Hey Heidi,
    First of all – your blog is fab 🙂
    The reason I’m getting in touch is that I’m a journalist making a documentary film about what it’s like growing up with / living with ADHD, and I came across your blog. I just thought that the way you talk so candidly about what it’s like is something that other people woudl really be able to relate to. Your post about mornings cracked me up, but I know exactly how you feel.
    If it’s at all possible, I’d really like to arrange to have a chat with you and see if we can get your family involved in what we’re doing. The whole idea of our project is about raising awareness and public understanding of ADHD, so that other families can see that – although it has it’s challenges – it’s not all bad and can even have it’s positives. There’s more info about the project here if you’re interested: https://tpmediaarts.co.uk/adhdprojectoutline/. Don’t worry that we’re a company based in the UK – that’s not a problem.
    Is that something you think you might be up for?
    If it is, could you send me an email on office@tpmediaarts.co.uk I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
    Thanks so much,
    Mat

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  2. Rebecca Dietz

    Wow Heidi I had no idea you were keeping a blog. Thank you for sharing yourself, your kids, your husband, and your life with the rest of us–You are brave beyond belief.

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