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Author: Lori Long, Katie Severson, Mallory Yee

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Are you a parent of a child with ADHD (or suspected ADHD)? Are you overwhelmed by the treatment options to support your child? Are you exhausted from giving your child with ADHD *countless* reminders for the same tasks… yelling to get them to (sometimes) listen… and walking on eggshells to avoid the seemingly endless meltdowns? Are you getting constant calls from the school about your child’s behavior? Is your child struggling in school without a plan in place to help them? If you want to truly understand ADHD, find practical tools that work, and feel empowered to get your child the right supports at school, this show is for you.

The Shining with ADHD Podcast by the Childhood Collective is a live-workshop style educational podcast packed with actionable, step-by-step strategies, empathy, and of course, some humor! You can learn from the experts as you navigate this chaotic ADHD parenting journey, create calm in your home, and help your
child shine at school.

Your hosts Katie, Lori, and Mallory of The Childhood Collective have helped thousands of overwhelmed parents find joy and confidence in raising their child with ADHD. Katie is a speech language pathologist, and Lori and Mallory are both child psychologists. As busy mamas themselves, they are on a mission to combine the science of ADHD with the compassion of moms. Each week, they share inspiration and tips to help you tackle challenging behaviors, build executive functioning skills, and manage big emotions.

Along with sharing their best ADHD parenting advice and stories, The Childhood Collective interviews top ADHD professionals *and* relatable ADHD parents who share their favorite tools to empower you EVERY time you tune in. With their online community growing every day, now YOU can learn from the experts, get inspired, and raise a happy and independent child with ADHD!
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SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #157: ADHD and Nutrition: Separating Fact from Fiction with Dr. Taylor Arnold 5/22/2024 SUMMARY Nutrition advice and ADHD can be so tricky. From empty product promises to misleading marketing, finding support for your child’s diet seems to be one discouragement after another. You buy all the supplements, limit all the things, and notice a minimal difference. Our goal has always been to support families. It’s no secret that balanced nutrition is part of a healthy start for kids, but what about all the other information? In today’s episode, we interview pediatric nutrition expert Dr. Taylor Arnold to help us separate fact from fiction regarding ADHD and nutrition.  MEET HOLLY Dr. Taylor Arnold is a pediatric nutrition expert.  She specializes in helping parents nurture healthy relationships with food so their kids eat more veggies and don’t obsess over sweets.  Dr. Taylor is a mom of three, has a PhD in nutrition, and is a pediatric registered dietitian.  She has a YouTube channel with FREE content and courses for parents about healthy relationships with food, picky eating, and infant solids introduction.  Her mission is to change the world by making this information accessible and affordable to EVERYONE and to help parents raise the next generation of eaters to love and nourish their bodies. OFFERS AND AFFILIATE INFORMATION Creating Calm is a video-based course that will teach you simple, step-by-step strategies to help you parent a happy and independent child with ADHD (ages 4-12 years old). Whenever and wherever you have an internet connection. Use the code PODCAST for 10% off!   Hungryroot offers “good-for-you groceries and simple recipes.” We have loved having one less thing to worry about when it comes to raising kids. As always, we want to help you, so we’ve got a code for 40% off your first box.  Just click the link and use CHILDHOOD40 in all caps to get the discount.    We LOVE the Zenimal. It’s amazing for kids who are feeling anxious or need a little help calming their busy body before bed. The best part? Each meditation ends with the most beautiful message: “You’re a good kid!” Use our code: TCC for a discount. LINKS + RESOURCES Episode 157 Transcript Growing Intuitive Eaters Youtube Dr. Taylor's Instagram Dr. Taylor's TikTok Creating Calm - Code PODCAST Hungry Root - Code CHILDHOOD40 Zenimal - Code TCC The Childhood Collective Instagram Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com
SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #156: I Didn’t Mean to Do That! Impulsivity and ADHD The Childhood Collective 5/15/2024 SUMMARY “Why did you do that?”  “What were you thinking?” Sound familiar?  When our kids act impulsively, it is easy for us to get frustrated and confused. We might start asking our kids why they behaved the way they did.  The truth is, initially, they often don’t even know. Once everyone is regulated, it is easier to figure out what happened. As parents, we naturally want our kids with ADHD to slow down and consider their actions, but it's a challenge. It can be heartbreaking to see impulsive behavior negatively impact their social life or lead to consequences. That's why today, we’re sharing strategies to help them develop through these situations. MEET OUR TEAM We are Lori, Mallory, and Katie. Lori and Mallory are child psychologists, and Katie is a speech language pathologist. Most importantly, we are moms, just like you. After working with families over a combined total of 40 years, we saw a need to provide ongoing support and education to parents raising children with ADHD. OFFERS AND AFFILIATE INFORMATION Creating Calm is a video-based course that will teach you simple, step-by-step strategies to help you parent a happy and independent child with ADHD (ages 4-12 years old). Whenever and wherever you have an internet connection. Use the code PODCAST for 10% off!   Hungryroot offers “good-for-you groceries and simple recipes.” We have loved having one less thing to worry about when it comes to raising kids. As always, we want to help you, so we’ve got a code for 40% off your first box.  Just click the link and use CHILDHOOD40 in all caps to get the discount.    We LOVE the Zenimal. It’s amazing for kids who are feeling anxious or need a little help calming their busy body before bed. The best part? Each meditation ends with the most beautiful message: “You’re a good kid!” Use our code: TCC for a discount. LINKS + RESOURCES Episode 156 Transcript Creating Calm - Code PODCAST Hungry Root - Code CHILDHOOD40 Zenimal - Code TCC The Childhood Collective Instagram Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com
SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #155: Med Shortages, Melatonin and More: A Pediatrician's Perspective on ADHD with Dr. Mona Amin 5/8/2024 SUMMARY We often talk about how supporting kids with ADHD takes a village. Building your child’s team of professionals is SO important. From educators to therapists and pediatricians, their experience and understanding are key to helping kids shine. Today, on the podcast, we have Dr. Mona Amin. She is a board-certified pediatrician, parenting coach, and mother. In this episode, she shares her perspective on current med shortages, using melatonin, and collaboration between providers.  MEET DR. MONA Dr. Mona Amin is a board-certified general pediatrician, lactation educator, parenting coach, and mother. She has been featured on Parents.com, Good Morning America, ABC Nightly News, Romper, CondeNast Traveler, VeryWell Family, and NBC News. She works in private practice, and her passions include early childhood development, focusing on the impact of healthy sleep, a healthy relationship with food, and healthy coping skills in the first seven years of a child's life. She has parenting and how-to-courses to guide parents from birth to 4 years, including social media channels on Instagram and TikTok, a Top 50 Parenting Podcast, and a YouTube Channel. Through her brand, PedsDocTalk, her goal is to provide relatable and easy-to-digest education for the modern parent regarding the health, safety, and wellness of their child so they can have a more confident and calm parenting journey. Her platform aims to guide parents in a mindful way to be the best version of themselves for their children. OFFERS AND AFFILIATE INFORMATION Creating Calm is a video-based course that will teach you simple, step-by-step strategies to help you parent a happy and independent child with ADHD (ages 4-12 years old). Whenever and wherever you have an internet connection. Use the code PODCAST for 10% off!   Hungryroot offers “good-for-you groceries and simple recipes.” We have loved having one less thing to worry about when it comes to raising kids. As always, we want to help you, so we’ve got a code for 40% off your first box.  Just click the link and use CHILDHOOD40 in all caps to get the discount.    We LOVE the Zenimal. It’s amazing for kids who are feeling anxious or need a little help calming their busy body before bed. The best part? Each meditation ends with the most beautiful message: “You’re a good kid!” Use our code: TCC for a discount. LINKS + RESOURCES Episode 155 Transcript Dr. Mona’s Podcast and Courses Creating Calm - Code PODCAST Hungry Root - Code CHILDHOOD40 Zenimal - Code TCC The Childhood Collective Instagram Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com  
  SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #154: Why Kids with ADHD Lie and What to Do About It The Childhood Collective 5/1/2024   SUMMARY Most of the time, we don’t need to see growing noses to know if our kids are telling us a lie. We catch the lie, and then all the feelings come. We might feel angry, hurt, worried, or downright annoyed. Navigating our own reactions can be tricky. As parents, it's important to keep in mind that our kids have differences in their executive functioning. We want to empower you with 4 strategies you can use to navigate lying (and encourage honestly!) in your children with ADHD.    MEET OUR TEAM We are Lori, Mallory, and Katie. Lori and Mallory are child psychologists, and Katie is a speech language pathologist. Most importantly, we are moms, just like you. After working with families over a combined total of 40 years, we saw a need to provide ongoing support and education to parents raising children with ADHD.   OFFERS AND AFFILIATE INFORMATION Shining at School is a video-based course that will teach you how to help your child with ADHD go from surviving to thriving at school for elementary and middle schoolers. On your own time. At your own pace. Use the code PODCAST for 10% off!   Hungryroot offers “good-for-you groceries and simple recipes.” We have loved having one less thing to worry about when it comes to raising kids. As always, we want to help you, so we’ve got a code for 40% off your first box.  Just click the link and use CHILDHOOD40 in all caps to get the discount.    We can’t have your attention and not mention Time Timer. This helps with activity transitions, independence, and building executive function skills. Head to and use the code TCC to get a site-wide discount.   LINKS + RESOURCES Episode 154 Transcript Shining at School - Code PODCAST Creating Calm - Code PODCAST Hungry Root - Code CHILDHOOD40 Time Timer - Code TCC The Childhood Collective Instagram Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com  
SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #153: Understanding ADHD in Girls with Psychologist Stephen Hinshaw 4/24/2024 SUMMARY When people think of ADHD, they often picture the wiggly 6-year-old who struggles to keep his hands to himself and loves making his classmates laugh. We don’t often picture the little girl with a busy brain and loves to talk. For years, girls were overlooked in the research for ADHD. This resulted in a misunderstanding of their need for support as well as options for evidence-based treatment until adolescence. Getting these amazing girls the right treatment as early as possible is paramount for their success. In this episode, we are interviewing Stephen Hinshaw, an expert on ADHD in girls. He shares a summary of a twenty-five-year research study and how to support these amazing girls best!  MEET STEPHEN HINSHAW Stephen Hinshaw is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC San Francisco. His research focuses on ADHD (especially in girls and women), self-harm, clinical interventions, and stigma reduction. He has authored over 420 articles and chapters, plus 12 books. His memoir, Another Kind of Madness, was Best Book in Memoir/Autobiography from American BookFest (2018). Among national/international awards: James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award (Association for Psychological Science, 2016); Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award (Society for Research in Child Development, 2017); Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research (2019); Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award (American Psychological Association, 2020); Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health (National Academy of Medicine, 2020); and induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2021). His extensive media coverage includes the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CBS Evening News, Today Show, and more.  OFFERS AND AFFILIATE INFORMATION Creating Calm is a video-based course that will teach you simple, step-by-step strategies to help you parent a happy and independent child with ADHD (ages 4-12 years old). Whenever and wherever you have an internet connection. Use the code PODCAST for 10% off!   Hungryroot offers “good-for-you groceries and simple recipes.” We have loved having one less thing to worry about when it comes to raising kids. As always, we want to help you, so we’ve got a code for 40% off your first box.  Just click the link and use CHILDHOOD40 in all caps to get the discount.    We LOVE the Zenimal. It’s amazing for kids who are feeling anxious or need a little help calming their busy body before bed. The best part? Each meditation ends with the most beautiful message: “You’re a good kid!” Use our code: TCC for a discount. LINKS + RESOURCES Episode 153 Transcript Straight Talk About ADHD in Girls Creating Calm - Code PODCAST Hungry Root - Code CHILDHOOD40 Zenimal - Code TCC The Childhood Collective Instagram Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com
SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #152: Lost Socks and Missing Chargers: Organize Your House in a Way That Works for You The Childhood Collective 4/17/2024 SUMMARY If you’re anything like us, you have a Pinterest board FULL of cute home organization ideas and products. It all seems so lovely. Let’s be real; sometimes it works, and sometimes it is just not sustainable for YOUR family. We want to help. In today’s episode, we are sharing our favorite organizing tips so you can stop looking for socks and arguing over chargers! These strategies will help you discover how to organize in a way that works for you!  MEET OUR TEAM We are Lori, Mallory, and Katie. Lori and Mallory are child psychologists, and Katie is a speech language pathologist. Most importantly, we are moms, just like you. After working with families over a combined total of 40 years, we saw a need to provide ongoing support and education to parents raising children with ADHD. OFFERS AND AFFILIATE INFORMATION Shining at School is a video-based course that will teach you how to help your child with ADHD go from surviving to thriving at school for elementary and middle schoolers. On your own time. At your own pace. Use the code PODCAST for 10% off!   Hungryroot offers “good-for-you groceries and simple recipes.” We have loved having one less thing to worry about when it comes to raising kids. As always, we want to help you, so we’ve got a code for 40% off your first box.  Just click the link and use CHILDHOOD40 in all caps to get the discount.    We can’t have your attention and not mention Time Timer. This helps with activity transitions, independence, and building executive function skills. Head to and use the code TCC to get a site-wide discount. LINKS + RESOURCES Episode 152 Transcript Shining at School - Code PODCAST Hungry Root - Code CHILDHOOD40 Time Timer - Code TCC The Childhood Collective Instagram Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com
SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #151: Growing up with Undiagnosed ADHD with Therapist Holly Blanc Moses 4/10/2024 SUMMARY As kids are evaluated and diagnosed with ADHD, it is not uncommon for parents to look back on their childhood. Many adults experience a lightbulb moment when they reflect on their educational and social journey. Knowing what they know now sparks a personal process of considering an adult diagnosis. This is especially common for women since ADHD in girls is sometimes hard to spot. Our guest today, Holly Blanc Moses, shares her experience of growing up with undiagnosed ADHD and how receiving the diagnosis changed her life.  MEET HOLLY Holly Blanc Moses is a neurodivergent therapist, course creator, and celebrated speaker devoted to supporting neurodivergent children, teens, adults, and their families. Over the last 23 years, she has provided specialized evaluations and support services addressing emotional regulation, anxiety, social success, and school performance in her North Carolina private practice. Holly is the host of the popular podcast - The Autism ADHD Podcast, and she's the mother of two neurodivergent children. OFFERS AND AFFILIATE INFORMATION Creating Calm is a video-based course that will teach you simple, step-by-step strategies to help you parent a happy and independent child with ADHD (ages 4-12 years old). Whenever and wherever you have an internet connection. Use the code PODCAST for 10% off!   Hungryroot offers “good-for-you groceries and simple recipes.” We have loved having one less thing to worry about when it comes to raising kids. As always, we want to help you, so we’ve got a code for 40% off your first box.  Just click the link and use CHILDHOOD40 in all caps to get the discount.    We LOVE the Zenimal. It’s amazing for kids who are feeling anxious or need a little help calming their busy body before bed. The best part? Each meditation ends with the most beautiful message: “You’re a good kid!” Use our code: TCC for a discount. LINKS + RESOURCES Episode 151 Transcript The Autism and ADHD Podcast Creating Calm - Code PODCAST Hungry Root - Code CHILDHOOD40 Zenimal - Code TCC The Childhood Collective Instagram Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com  
SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #150: What Should I Say at My Child’s First ADHD Appointment? The Childhood Collective 4/3/2024 SUMMARY You’ve researched providers, you’ve verified insurance, made it through the long waiting list, and it is FINALLY time for the first ADHD appointment - the intake. We know you want to make the most of the visit to support your child, but it can get overwhelming between the questionnaires and forms. You may have a running list in your notes of everything in your head but have no idea what to mention and when. We’ve sat on the professional and parent sides of the evaluation, and today, we are sharing questions you’ll be asked, areas that are evaluated, and encouragement for you in the process.  MEET OUR TEAM We are Lori, Mallory, and Katie. Lori and Mallory are child psychologists, and Katie is a speech language pathologist. Most importantly, we are moms, just like you. After working with families over a combined total of 40 years, we saw a need to provide ongoing support and education to parents raising children with ADHD. OFFERS AND AFFILIATE INFORMATION Shining at School is a video-based course that will teach you how to help your child with ADHD go from surviving to thriving at school for elementary and middle schoolers. On your own time. At your own pace. Use the code PODCAST for 10% off!   Hungryroot offers “good-for-you groceries and simple recipes.” We have loved having one less thing to worry about when it comes to raising kids. As always, we want to help you, so we’ve got a code for 40% off your first box.  Just click the link and use CHILDHOOD40 in all caps to get the discount.    We can’t have your attention and not mention Time Timer. This helps with activity transitions, independence, and building executive function skills. Head to and use the code TCC to get a site-wide discount. LINKS + RESOURCES Episode 150 Transcript Shining at School - Code PODCAST Creating Calm - Code PODCAST Hungry Root - Code CHILDHOOD40 Time Timer - Code TCC The Childhood Collective Instagram Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com
SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #149: Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and ADHD with Therapist Natasha Daniels 3/27/2024 SUMMARY In our culture, we hear the term “OCD” thrown around a lot. “I’m so OCD about…” While this isn’t intended for harm, it does foster confusion about what it really means to have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It’s far more nuanced than the common idea of constant hand-washing or organization. OCD can be common in kids with ADHD, so in today’s episode, we talk with OCD therapist Natasha Daniels to hear from her 20+ years of experience with treating OCD. From understanding the diagnosis to getting the right treatment, Natasha shares what every parent needs to know to support their kids.  MEET NATASHA Natasha Daniels is an anxiety and OCD therapist with over two decades of experience. She combines both her clinical expertise with her lived experience, raising her own three kids with anxiety and OCD.  She is the author of several books, including Anxiety Sucks: A Teen Survival Guide, How to Parent Your Anxious Toddler, Social Skills Activities for Kids, It’s Brave to Be Kind, and The Grief Rock. She is the creator of the website AT Parenting Survival, as well as the host of the show AT Parenting Survival Podcast and the YouTube channel Ask the Child Therapist. Her work has been featured in various places, including Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, PsychCentral, The Child Mind Institute, and The Mighty. OFFERS AND AFFILIATE INFORMATION Creating Calm is a video-based course that will teach you simple, step-by-step strategies to help you parent a happy and independent child with ADHD (ages 4-12 years old). Whenever and wherever you have an internet connection. Use the code PODCAST for 10% off!   Hungryroot offers “good-for-you groceries and simple recipes.” We have loved having one less thing to worry about when it comes to raising kids. As always, we want to help you, so we’ve got a code for 40% off your first box.  Just click the link and use CHILDHOOD40 in all caps to get the discount.    We LOVE the Zenimal. It’s amazing for kids who are feeling anxious or need a little help calming their busy body before bed. The best part? Each meditation ends with the most beautiful message: “You’re a good kid!” Use our code: TCC for a discount. LINKS + RESOURCES Episode 149 Transcript Natasha's Instagram OCD Courses for Families Creating Calm - Code PODCAST Hungry Root - Code CHILDHOOD40 Zenimal - Code TCC The Childhood Collective YouTube *Closed Captioning Available The Childhood Collective Instagram Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com  
SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #148: After School SOS: Preventing Meltdowns The Childhood Collective 3/20/2024 SUMMARY Raise your hand if the hours of 3-5 pm are the hardest hours in your house. It seems every day at that time, a battle breaks out. Everyone is worn out from the day, even you! The slightest inconvenience throws your home into chaos, and the big feelings come out. In the words of Taylor Swift, “Screaming, crying, perfect storm…” We’ve been there. Your afternoons don’t have to be marked by meltdowns. In this episode, we share ways to prevent the after-school meltdowns so you don’t feel like you are walking on eggshells when they get home.  MEET OUR TEAM We are Lori, Mallory, and Katie. Lori and Mallory are child psychologists, and Katie is a speech language pathologist. Most importantly, we are moms, just like you. After working with families over a combined total of 40 years, we saw a need to provide ongoing support and education to parents raising children with ADHD. OFFERS AND AFFILIATE INFORMATION Shining at School is a video-based course that will teach you how to help your child with ADHD go from surviving to thriving at school for elementary and middle schoolers. On your own time. At your own pace. Use the code PODCAST for 10% off!   Hungryroot offers “good-for-you groceries and simple recipes.” We have loved having one less thing to worry about when it comes to raising kids. As always, we want to help you, so we’ve got a code for 40% off your first box.  Just click the link and use CHILDHOOD40 in all caps to get the discount.    We can’t have your attention and not mention Time Timer. This helps with activity transitions, independence, and building executive function skills. Head to and use the code TCC to get a site-wide discount. LINKS + RESOURCES Episode 148 Transcript Episode 137: ADHD at School Free Parenting Guide - 6 Keys Shining at School - Code PODCAST Creating Calm - Code PODCAST Hungry Root - Code CHILDHOOD40 Time Timer - Code TCC The Childhood Collective Instagram Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com  
SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #147: “Defiance” and ADHD: Getting Curious About What’s Beneath the Surface The Childhood Collective 3/13/2024 SUMMARY Asking your child to clean their room or do one page of homework shouldn’t launch a battle complete with meltdowns, but often, for kids with ADHD, it does. You’re trying your hardest to breathe and regulate, but inside, you’re thinking, “Why is everything a fight?!” For those of us who grew up in strict, authoritarian homes, this is even more triggering. We feel disrespected by the “defiance” and don’t understand why some tasks cause such a disruption. While it’s incredibly frustrating, you are not alone. This is common in children with ADHD. The truth is that defiance is often a symptom of something deeper for the child. So today, we are going to dig into four possible explanations for why your ADHD child may seem defiant. MEET OUR TEAM We are Lori, Mallory, and Katie. Lori and Mallory are child psychologists, and Katie is a speech language pathologist. Most importantly, we are moms, just like you. After working with families over a combined total of 40 years, we saw a need to provide ongoing support and education to parents raising children with ADHD. OFFERS AND AFFILIATE INFORMATION Creating Calm is a video-based course that will teach you simple, step-by-step strategies to help you parent a happy and independent child with ADHD (ages 4-12 years old). Whenever and wherever you have an internet connection. Use the code PODCAST for 10% off!   Hungryroot offers “good-for-you groceries and simple recipes.” We have loved having one less thing to worry about when it comes to raising kids. As always, we want to help you, so we’ve got a code for 40% off your first box.  Just click the link and use CHILDHOOD40 in all caps to get the discount.    We LOVE the Zenimal. It’s amazing for kids who are feeling anxious or need a little help calming their busy body before bed. The best part? Each meditation ends with the most beautiful message: “You’re a good kid!” Use our code: TCC for a discount. LINKS + RESOURCES Episode 147 Transcript Anxiety Episode and Blogs Creating Calm - Code PODCAST Hungry Root - Code CHILDHOOD40 Zenimal - Code TCC Episode 147 Transcript The Childhood Collective Instagram Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com  
SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #146: I Love My Brain! Helping Kids Understand ADHD with Nicole Russell The Childhood Collective 3/6/2024 SUMMARY It is easy to feel lost on how to help your amazing kiddo with ADHD see themselves the way you do. We all know they're incredible, but sometimes those unique brains can feel like a double-edged sword. That's where our guest for today, Nicole Russell comes in. She is a champion of self-love and the author of the awesome "My Busy, Busy Brain.” In this episode, Nicole shares practical tips for teaching self-advocacy and helping our kids rock their own rhythm. Hear her inspiring story of writing the book, her mission to spread Brain Love, and how we can empower our kids to see their differences as strengths.  MEET NICOLE RUSSELL Nicole Russell is a bestselling author and lead advocate for mental health and the well-being of children. She serves as Founder and Executive Director of Precious Dreams Foundation, the non-profit empowering youth in foster care and homeless shelters to learn healthy coping techniques and focus on their dreams. She is also CEO of Pitch House Productions, a social impact consulting agency that educates corporations on best practices for serving vulnerable populations. She has managed over 5 million dollars in community funding and scholarships. Russell uses her non-profit and creative tools to serve and advocate for youth through every aspect of her career. Her bestselling self-help book, Everything a Band-Aid Can't Fix, is highly regarded as a must-have for teens everywhere and has been added to the curriculum of middle and high schools nationwide. Inspired by her personal experience with ADHD, she also encourages children who struggle with ADHD and other learning obstacles to speak up for themselves in her children's book, My Busy, Busy Brain. Nicole's accolades include GLAMOUR's "Everyday Hero of the Year," Observer's "Top 20 Heroes Under 40", Walmart's "Community Playmaker Award," as well as a featured piece recognizing her efforts in O, The Oprah Magazine. More recently, Nicole was recognized by NBC and Essence as an essential hero for her efforts to serve and support the mental health needs of thousands of youth in the U.S. shelter system during the coronavirus pandemic. OFFERS AND AFFILIATE INFORMATION Shining at School is a video-based course that will teach you how to help your child with ADHD go from surviving to thriving at school for elementary and middle schoolers. On your own time. At your own pace. Use the code PODCAST for 10% off!   Hungryroot offers “good-for-you groceries and simple recipes.” We have loved having one less thing to worry about when it comes to raising kids. As always, we want to help you, so we’ve got a code for 40% off your first box.  Just click the link and use CHILDHOOD40 in all caps to get the discount.    We can’t have your attention and not mention Time Timer. This helps with activity transitions, independence, and building executive function skills. Use the code TCC to get a site-wide discount. LINKS + RESOURCES Precious Dreams Foundation Nicole’s Books Nicole’s Instagram Episode 146 Transcript Shining at School - Code PODCAST Hungry Root - Code CHILDHOOD40 Time Timer - Code TCC Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com  
SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #145: The Bedtime Struggle is Real: One Tool to Help Your Child Stay in Bed The Childhood Collective 2/28/2024 SUMMARY Parenting expectation: The teeth are brushed, the jammies are on, and the white noise is humming softly. You spend a few soft moments with your child, give them a kiss, and tell them goodnight. The little cherubs stay in bed all night, and the entire family wakes up rested. Parenting reality: When bedtime hits, your kid has never been thirstier, and they HAVE to get water. The door must be cracked at the exact right spot. They need you to adjust the bed because something is itchy. You’ll get them settled, and 30 minutes later, they will have built a full-on marble run instead of staying in their bed. Bedtime struggles can be a universal experience, but they are particularly prevalent among children with ADHD. In this episode, we share one simple yet effective strategy that provides children with both security and boundaries, empowering them to settle into sleep independently. MEET OUR TEAM We are Lori, Mallory, and Katie. Lori and Mallory are child psychologists, and Katie is a speech language pathologist. Most importantly, we are moms, just like you. After working with families over a combined total of 40 years, we saw a need to provide ongoing support and education to parents raising children with ADHD. OFFERS AND AFFILIATE INFORMATION Creating Calm is a video-based course that will teach you simple, step-by-step strategies to help you parent a happy and independent child with ADHD (ages 4-12 years old). Whenever and wherever you have an internet connection. Use the code PODCAST for 10% off!   Hungryroot offers “good-for-you groceries and simple recipes.” We have loved having one less thing to worry about when it comes to raising kids. As always, we want to help you, so we’ve got a code for 40% off your first box.  Just click the link and use CHILDHOOD40 in all caps to get the discount.    We can’t have your attention and not mention Time Timer. This helps with activity transitions, independence, and building executive function skills. Head to and use the code TCC to get a site-wide discount. LINKS + RESOURCES Episode 145 Transcript Creating Calm - Code PODCAST Hungry Root - Code CHILDHOOD40 Time Timer - Code TCC The Childhood Collective Instagram Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com
SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #144: Did Someone Say Dance Party? ADHD Parenting CAN Be Fun! The Childhood Collective 2/21/2024 SUMMARY ADHD parenting is a lot of things. It can be challenging, confusing, interesting and rewarding. But it can also be FUN! Parenting ADHD gets easier when we intentionally infuse a sense of playfulness. We know you’re already managing so much and might be thinking, “Great, now I have to be FUN too!?” But hear us out…we have a few ideas, nothing too overwhelming, that you can try to make the mundane a little more fun for your family. In this episode, we share three very EASY tools that don’t require hours of planning or hundreds of dollars!  MEET OUR TEAM We are Lori, Mallory, and Katie. Lori and Mallory are child psychologists, and Katie is a speech language pathologist. Most importantly, we are moms, just like you. After working with families over a combined total of 40 years, we saw a need to provide ongoing support and education to parents raising children with ADHD. OFFERS AND AFFILIATE INFORMATION Creating Calm is a video-based course that will teach you simple, step-by-step strategies to help you parent a happy and independent child with ADHD (ages 4-12 years old). Whenever and wherever you have an internet connection. Use the code PODCAST for 10% off!   Hungryroot offers “good-for-you groceries and simple recipes.” We have loved having one less thing to worry about when it comes to raising kids. As always, we want to help you, so we’ve got a code for 40% off your first box.  Just click the link and use CHILDHOOD40 in all caps to get the discount.    We can’t have your attention and not mention Time Timer. This helps with activity transitions, independence, and building executive function skills. Head to and use the code TCC to get a site-wide discount. LINKS + RESOURCES Printables from The Childhood Collective Episode 144 Transcript Creating Calm - Code PODCAST Hungry Root - Code CHILDHOOD40 Time Timer - Code TCC The Childhood Collective Instagram Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com  
SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #143: Considering ADHD Medication? What Every Parent Needs to Know with Psychiatrist, Dana Reid The Childhood Collective 2/14/2023 SUMMARY One of the hardest parts about being a parent is making choices for the health of our children. With an abundance of information and a variety of options, knowing how to support our kids medically can be really tough. When symptoms of ADHD begin to cause distress at home or at school, the topic of medication always comes up. The internet really doesn’t do us any favors when it comes to balancing myths and facts around ADHD medication. The conversation is nuanced and as parents, we can agree that when it comes to making the best choice for each family, knowledge is power. That’s why today we’ve invited an expert in child psychiatry and ADHD to answer your questions on ADHD medication. Her insight is detailed, so grab a pen or be sure to download the transcript!  MEET DR. DANA REID Dr. Dana Reid is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. She loves working with kids, teens, and adults to address their diverse needs and concerns. She has specific expertise in working with kids and parents with ADHD and anxiety. Dr. Reid is also a children's book author of the book, Danny Doesn’t Quit. OFFERS AND AFFILIATE INFORMATION Shining at School is a video-based course that will teach you how to help your child with ADHD go from surviving to thriving at school for elementary and middle schoolers. On your own time. At your own pace. Use the code PODCAST for 10% off!   Hungryroot offers “good-for-you groceries and simple recipes.” We have loved having one less thing to worry about when it comes to raising kids. As always, we want to help you, so we’ve got a code for 40% off your first box.  Just click the link and use CHILDHOOD40 in all caps to get the discount.    We can’t have your attention and not mention Time Timer. This helps with activity transitions, independence, and building executive function skills. Use the code TCC to get a site-wide discount. LINKS + RESOURCES  Dr. Dana's Instagram Shining at School - Code PODCAST Hungry Root - Code CHILDHOOD40 Time Timer - Code TCC Episode 143 Transcript The Childhood Collective Instagram Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com  
SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #142: The Key to Executive Functioning: Internal Skills for Kids with ADHD with Mike McLeod The Childhood Collective 2/7/2023 SUMMARY On our channel, you’ve probably heard us talk frequently about executive functioning. Today, we have a special guest, Mike McLeod, ADHD coach and executive function specialist, on the podcast to share about parent coaching and how to help our kids strengthen their internal skills. Listen along as we discuss teaching children how to create future pictures and equipping them with social interaction tools. MEET MIKE Michael McLeod is an ADHD & Executive Function Specialist. He is the owner of GrowNOW ADHD - providing Executive Function Coaching to students and parent coaching. Michael is also a Keynote Speaker and travels the country and internationally training schools, parents, and professionals on the most up to date research and strategies on Executive Functioning. Michael has been working with youth since 2005. You can find him at GrowNOWADHD.com  OFFERS AND AFFILIATE INFORMATION Creating Calm is a video-based course that will teach you simple, step-by-step strategies to help you parent a happy and independent child with ADHD (ages 4-12 years old). Whenever and wherever you have an internet connection. Use the code PODCAST for 10% off!   Hungryroot offers “good-for-you groceries and simple recipes.” We have loved having one less thing to worry about when it comes to raising kids. As always, we want to help you, so we’ve got a code for 40% off your first box.  Just click the link and use CHILDHOOD40 in all caps to get the discount.    We can’t have your attention and not mention Time Timer. This helps with activity transitions, independence, and building executive function skills. Head to and use the code TCC to get a site-wide discount. LINKS + RESOURCES Free Parenting Guide - 6 Keys Creating Calm - Code PODCAST Hungry Root - Code CHILDHOOD40 Time Timer - Code TCC Transcript for Episode 142 The Childhood Collective Instagram Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com  
SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #141: Should I Tell My Child's Teacher About Their ADHD?  The Childhood Collective 1/31/2023 SUMMARY You’ve got your child’s diagnosis, and now you’re wondering, “Who do I tell?” and “What do they NEED to know?” You wonder, “Will this help my child or stick them with a label?” We’ve heard all these questions before, so today, we’re sharing five considerations for disclosing your child’s diagnosis with their classroom teacher. We have seen firsthand that sharing with the teacher can actually be a game-changer, fostering collaboration and making the whole education journey smoother for your kiddo. In this episode, our team shares everything you need to know about school and ADHD.  MEET OUR TEAM We are Lori, Mallory, and Katie. Lori and Mallory are child psychologists, and Katie is a speech language pathologist. Most importantly, we are moms, just like you. After working with families over a combined total of 40 years, we saw a need to provide ongoing support and education to parents raising children with ADHD. OFFERS AND AFFILIATE INFORMATION Shining at School is a video-based course that will teach you how to help your child with ADHD go from surviving to thriving at school for elementary and middle schoolers. On your own time. At your own pace. Use the code PODCAST for 10% off!   Hungryroot offers “good-for-you groceries and simple recipes.” We have loved having one less thing to worry about when it comes to raising kids. As always, we want to help you, so we’ve got a code for 40% off your first box.  Just click the link and use CHILDHOOD40 in all caps to get the discount.    We LOVE the Zenimal. It’s amazing for kids who are feeling anxious or need a little help calming their busy body before bed. The best part? Each meditation ends with the most beautiful message: “You’re a good kid!” Use our code: TCC for a discount. LINKS + RESOURCES FREE Accommodations Guide Shining at School - Code PODCAST Hungry Root - Code CHILDHOOD40 Zenimal The Childhood Collective YouTube *Closed Captioning Available The Childhood Collective Instagram Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com  
SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #140: Unlocking Your Child's Motivation with Neuropsychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten The Childhood Collective 1/24/2023 SUMMARY We know that motivation is a huge issue for many ADHD families. As parents, we are desperate to help our children find their motivation.  We know the AMAZING things they are capable of, but they can't always access it. What actually drives our kids? In this episode, neuropsychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten shares how we can nurture our children and help them build confidence and skills to make significant strides toward pursuing what truly excites them.  MEET DR. ELLEN BRAATEN Dr. Ellen Braaten is the Executive Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Braaten is widely recognized as an expert in the field of pediatric neuropsychological and psychological assessment, particularly in the areas of assessing learning disabilities and attentional disorders. She is the co-author of many books and articles for parents and professionals, including the bestselling book Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up. Her newest book is Bright Kids Who Couldn’t Care Less: How to Rekindle Your Child’s Motivation. OFFERS AND AFFILIATE INFORMATION Shining at School is a video-based course that will teach you how to help your child with ADHD go from surviving to thriving at school for elementary and middle schoolers. On your own time. At your own pace. Use the code PODCAST for 10% off!   Hungryroot offers “good-for-you groceries and simple recipes.” We have loved having one less thing to worry about when it comes to raising kids. As always, we want to help you, so we’ve got a code for 40% off your first box.  Just click the link and use CHILDHOOD40 in all caps to get the discount.    We can’t have your attention and not mention Time Timer. This helps with activity transitions, independence, and building executive function skills. Use the code TCC to get a site-wide discount. LINKS + RESOURCES Dr. Ellen's Books Shining at School - Code PODCAST Hungry Root - Code CHILDHOOD40 Time Timer - Code TCC The Childhood Collective YouTube *Closed Captioning Available The Childhood Collective Instagram Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com  
SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #139: Boost Your Child's Executive Function with Declarative Language: One Simple Shift The Childhood Collective 1/17/2023   SUMMARY In addition to ALLLL the everyday tasks we do as parents, raising a kid with ADHD means we have to help build our kids’ executive functions. This can feel like a really hard job. But what a lot of parents don’t realize is that small changes to the way we speak and interact can add up to a lot of growth opportunities for our kids! In this episode, our very own Katie, a speech language pathologist, is explaining declarative language, which is a tool that you can use TODAY. Anytime or anywhere, this shift can enhance communication with and for your child!    MEET OUR TEAM We are Lori, Mallory, and Katie. Lori and Mallory are child psychologists, and Katie is a speech language pathologist. Most importantly, we are moms, just like you. After working with families over a combined total of 40 years, we saw a need to provide ongoing support and education to parents raising children with ADHD.   OFFERS AND AFFILIATE INFORMATION Creating Calm is a video-based course that will teach you simple, step-by-step strategies to help you parent a happy and independent child with ADHD (ages 4-12 years old). Whenever and wherever you have an internet connection. Use the code PODCAST for 10% off!   Hungryroot offers “good-for-you groceries and simple recipes.” We have loved having one less thing to worry about when it comes to raising kids. As always, we want to help you, so we’ve got a code for 40% off your first box.  Just click the link and use CHILDHOOD40 (in all caps) to get the discount.   We can’t have your attention and not mention Time Timer. This amazing tool helps with activity transitions, independence, and building executive function skills. Head to and use the code TCC to get a site-wide discount.   LINKS + RESOURCES Free Parenting Guide - 6 Keys Creating Calm - Code PODCAST Hungry Root - Code CHILDHOOD40 Time Timer - Code TCC The Childhood Collective YouTube *Closed Captioning Available The Childhood Collective Instagram Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com
SHINING WITH ADHD  EPISODE #138: An Episode for Kids (And Their Grown-Ups!): ADHD and Big Emotions With Katelyn Mabry The Childhood Collective 12/06/2023   SUMMARY Can you believe it's our last episode of the year? As we head into a holiday break, we will be taking some time with our own families. Before we do that, we're switching things up and doing something super cool—a chat for both parents AND kids! We've got the amazing Katelyn Mabry, the brilliant creator of the children's podcast, 'Journey with Me Through ADHD,' joining us for today's episode. Katelyn has a passion for speaking to the hearts and minds of children, so this episode is designed for kids to listen to *with* a trusted adult.  We know that everyone is in a different place with their ADHD journey, so parents, listen to the episode first and then invite your kiddos in. In this episode, we talk about the magic of ADHD and the need for a little extra help when it comes to managing BIG feelings.   MEET KATELYN Katelyn Mabry is an ADHD life coach who is also a special educator with a master’s in Reading. She is the author of “Hi It’s Me! I have ADHD” and the podcast host of “Journey With Me Through ADHD: A podcast for kids. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and 4 young kids. Her passion is to speak into the hearts and minds of children and families with ADHD so they feel connected, supported, and understood!  AFFILIATE INFORMATION Bedtime can be SO tough for kids with ADHD. Zenimal helps our kids rest and reset. That is why we LOVE Zenimal. This tool helps our kids rest and reset. When bedtime rolls around, we use this screen-free meditation tool for EACH of our kids (really, we do!). It’s amazing for kids who are anxious or need help calming their busy bodies before bed. The best part? Each meditation ends with the most beautiful message: “You’re a good kid!” Use our code: TCC for a discount. LINKS + RESOURCES Zenimals Website: use code: TCC for a discount!  Katelyn's Instagram Hi, It's Me, I Have ADHD Book Journey With Me Podcast       The Childhood Collective Instagram The Childhood Collective YouTube *Closed Captioning Available   Have a question or want to share some thoughts? Shoot us an email at hello@thechildhoodcollective.com  
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