How to know if you have ADHD | Mom Minute

April 19, 2014

Most of you will not know this, but our son was diagnosed with hyposensitivity disorder as an infant when he wouldn’t respond to normal everyday stimuli. Through years of several types of therapy, including the implementation of a multi-sensory environment for him, he has been able to progress significantly.

As we felt we’ve been able to manage that hurdle fairly well, our son was just recently diagnosed with ADHD.


After years of low points, and feeling like failing parents more than any parent should, two months into his kindergarten year, Little Buddy was expelled for several days. Without going into details, the ruling was that he was becoming an extreme danger to the students and his teachers.

This wasn’t the first sign of problems in school, it had gradually built up over those first two months despite close observation and guidance at school and at home. We literally did not know what to do at that point, or where to turn.

There’s plenty more I could share about those years, but I am just not ready to do so. That behavior wasn’t my son and I knew it, my son was my son and I love him no matter what. But it wasn’t easy, and there were nights where I cried for hours and felt like the most awful mother for not being able to help him.

We of course prayed heavily about how we could give Little Buddy what he needed to be successful, without enabling bad behavior. We’d dreaded even thinking about ADHD or early Autism, but felt we couldn’t help him solve his problem if we couldn’t find its root. This diagnosis was not something we took lightly, as he is a boy, and boys often are extremely energetic and inattentive. But something seemed off.

The diagnosis, and all the research we had done previous to it, helped place Little Buddy’s early years’ behavior into context. Especially as the ADHD was paired with the Hyposensitivity Disorder, making the early years a very frustrating situation for him.

We tried specialized diets and certain types of in-home therapy, but there was little improvement. We then spoke to our pediatrician about it, who recommended that Little Buddy was old enough that we could take him to a child psychiatrist for analysis.

The subsequent help we have received, via careful medication and therapy {for Little Buddy and us}, has made a world of difference in our son’s behavior! He’s advanced one full year in academics in just two months, reads like a pro, follows instructions, and shows those sweetest sides of himself nearly all the time. He’s happier, and doesn’t want to go back to the way things were before.

Kids who have ADHD are wonderful! Now that we are aware of the disorder, we are finding more and more people we know who are very successful adults who are also medicated or therapy-aided ADHDers! We all have imperfections, the key is to not let them define us. We work through them the best we can, try to learn to be confident in who we are, and that’s what makes us beautiful!

One of our viewers, Sarah, wrote in asking… “I think my child has ADHD. How can I be sure, and how can I help him/her if he does?

How to know if you have ADHD

So for today’s #MomMinute on The Moms View, we invited Dr. Chiovanni Chopra, a Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, to come and talk with us about ADHD, its symptoms, provide her recommendations on how to manage it, and specifically address Sarah’s question.

For more information, go to Premier Mind Institute and, under “Resources“, click the link to the national organization’s page about ADHD.

To watch our discussion, simply click the video below…

For any of our readers, I am curious to hear what your experiences have been with ADHD or knowing someone who has. {Please keep in mind, that each situation is different. There are varying opinions and treatments out there, as well as some harsh judgements, and not every approach will work for everyone.}

Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

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Best Advice I’ve Been Given | Mom Minute

April 12, 2014

I am very grateful for all the wonderful advice given to me over the years, particularly from my grandmothers, my mom, and friends. Not only for the advice given to me as a young girl and the challenges I had faced, but for advice given to me as I came into my own in motherhood.

Best Advice

Today’s #MomMinute question comes from Donna, who asks the following, “What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Best Advice

I have to say that I am far from perfect, meaning I have a lot to work on as an individual, and as a wife and mother. But, there is a piece of advice I heard years ago that has always stuck with me. It is something that I went home and quickly memorized, and I recall that advice very often as an adult.

Want to know what it is?

To see the entire episode, including the best advice I have ever been given, please feel free to click the video below…

For any of our readers, how would you answer Alisha’s question? What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

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Parents vs Your Best Friends | Mom Minute

April 06, 2014

Today’s topic is a very interesting one, and definitely one that needs to be discussed from both perspectives!

Parents vs Best Friends

Alisha, one of our viewers, specifically asks the following question… “My parents do not like my best friend. What do I do?

Parents vs Best Friends

Moms? Do you remember as a teen how you wanted your independence, the freedom to hang out with whomever you choose, and the hope that your parents would simply trust you and your friends?

Now as a parent yourself, with a much greater perspective, you understand why your own parents had those concerns. It wasn’t about mistrust. It was about your parent’s concern for your longterm safety.

For our teen readers who may be in Alisha’s situation, I totally get it. We have all been there as well. The advice I provide in today’s #MomMinute episode on The Moms View gives both perspectives, from the teen and the parent, with one final counsel for you.

Our parents have a pure love and concern for our longterm happiness, as opposed to maybe our short-term concern for what fun events we have planned for this weekend with our friends.

I promise that your lifelong love and personal interactions will be much greater with your family members, especially your parents, than with any friend you have as a teenager. I hope you trust me on this one.

To see the entire episode, feel free to click below…

For any of our readers, what would you suggest to do in Alisha’s situation? Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

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Spring Fashion Trends | Mom Minute

March 30, 2014

Spring is in the air! And with the warm weather comes new fashion trends.

For today’s #MomMinute, we invited Lindsay Albanese {Celebrity Stylist} on set to talk to us about this Spring’s fashion trends.

Spring Fashion Trends

Not looking to purchase a whole new wardrobe? I think would all like to save our money! This episode idea came from a question submitted by viewer Amanda, who states… “How can I wear this season’s trends without changing my whole wardrobe?

Season trends

In this video, Lindsay gives us ideas of what colors to pair together, along with the comeback of overall shorts and denim jackets! She also tells us where to purchase such items inexpensively, and what you can add to the outfit from your own closet!

To see the entire episode, feel free to click below…

For any of our readers, what do you see as upcoming fashion trends for Spring and Summer? Would you like to see more videos like this?

Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

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Parents and Facebook | Mom Minute

March 23, 2014

As parents, we need to be very careful with social media and internet safety in our homes, especially as it relates to our children. We need to be very vigilant, and aware of what our kids are doing online. It is one of our duties as a parent.

There is a fine line though, between following our kids on their social media accounts, and stalking/harassing/embarrassing/etc them.

Over the past five years or so, we as parents discovered this cool place called Facebook, and are using it more and more even as our kids move on to other social platforms like Instagram, etc.

Parents on Facebook

Today’s #MomMinute episode is based upon a question submitted by a viewer, Tara, who asks, “My mom just friended me on Facebook and won’t stop posting on my wall. How do I get her to stop?”

Parents on Facebook

Maybe I am an overcautious mother, but we always talk about social media safety in our home. {Particularly because +Brooklyn and Bailey have YT, FB, IG, and Twitter.}

I do comment on my twins’ accounts from time to time, but my role as a mother in following them is only in love, support and safety. I do not stalk them, but I do check in occasionally. Not because we do not trust our daughters, but that we do not always trust everyone else. It is just part of the online rules we have set for our children.

For our younger followers, your parents love you deeply, and in almost every case, them following your social accounts is a tell-tale sign of that. That is great!

Now for any parents out there. Just as our kids grow older and are often embarrassed for their friends to see us dropping them of to school, with us begging them for a kiss on the cheek, they can also become embarrassed by us posting cheesy comments on their social accounts with lots of emoticons. An occasional encouragement for a big test or other event, is perfectly fine. As parents, we need to be mindful of the thin line between our Circle of Trust and our kids’ privacy.

To see the entire episode, feel free to click below…

For any of our readers, what suggestions do you have on the subject? How much involvement is too much involvement?

Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

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