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Is there anyone out there?

Hello! Let me first apologize for my abhorrent delay in posting. It’s been 4 months (!) since my last post and I don’t really have a decent explanation for the ridiculous gap. Is pandemic madness a good enough excuse…?

Now that my apology is done, let’s get down to brass tacks: School 2020.

Normally, the beginning of September is an exciting (albeit anxious) time for parents, children and young adults.

Being that it’s 2020, even the term “back to school” is tenuous. Are your children doing virtual schooling? Attending physically? A combination? No matter the mode, how are you and they handling it?

I’ve had friends and family members tell me that they’re freaking out, worried and anxious about their children attending school due to Covid. I totally get that – anyone who reads, watches or listens to the news knows that there’s a SERIOUS risk of getting sick once school starts.

However, even though I’m an anxious person by nature, I’m doing a pretty good job of staying calm. First of all, my teens want to go to school so that’s good. I feel like it’s important for their mental health to be physically at school interacting with their peers and teachers.

And, while I’m a huge fan of all things digital, virtual school just doesn’t cut it for me. Even my high-achieving daughter tells me that virtual school did not work for her and it certainly didn’t work well for my super intelligent son who also happens to have ADHD.

The chance of…

nodding off

getting hungry and grabbing a snack

losing interest in the content

having technical issues

becoming distracted by ambient noise

etc. etc. etc. is so great.

Distracted much?

Time will tell if our children’s learning & mental health will suffer due to the effects of the pandemic. Optimists will say that children are resilient and most can adapt. Realists will tell us things will never go back to normal, our children and young adults will lose much of their academic smarts and that we’re going to have to re-think our education system.

There ARE some cool creative options that people are investigating including: learning pods, outdoor or “forest” schools and OG homeschooling. We have no choice but to adapt and move forward.

I’d love to hear what you and your family are planning to do for school 2020. Feel free to comment here or write to me at the email address in the “About” section.

Yours in pandemic parenting,

Lisa

News About CADDAC’s 4th Annual ADHD Conference.

CADDAC stands for Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada. I visit their website frequently, have spoken with a few of the organizers/staff and will be attending CADDAC’s upcoming ADHD conference.

The conference takes place in Markham (thank you, CADDAC organizers, for not making me drive and park in downtown Toronto!) from October 11-14, 2012.

I’ve never attended a conference focused on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and look forward to meeting like-minded parents, educators and experts and to learning more about this fascinating and frustrating disorder. Join me, won’t you? See below for more details.

CADDAC’s 4th ANNUAL ADHD CONFERENCE!

* FOUR DAYS: Thursday, October 11th – Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Venue:
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Toronto-Markham
7095 Woodbine Avenue Markham, Ontario L3R 1A3

Thursday, October 11th – ADHD Friendly Parent Coaching
Dr. Kathleen Nadeau
*click here for presentation details*

Friday, October 12th – What Educators Need to Know About ADHD
Dr. Rosemary Tannock, Dr. Peter Chaban & Dr. Kathleen Nadeau
*click here for presentation details*

Saturday, October 13th – Girls & Women with ADHD
Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, Dr. Lance Levy & Terry Matlen
*click here for presentation details*

Sunday, October 14th – Adult ADHD
Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, Melissa Orlov & Dr. David Teplin
*click here for presentation details*

Conference fee covers registration, meals/break(s), and materials. Free Parking.

Pricing: Early Bird Pricing Available Now until August 13th!
Hotel: Hotel/Venue offering Promotional Pricing to Conference Attendees. $99/night. Limited availability – don’t wait!