3 Television Apps Your Homeschooler Should Use

Television can be useful for homeschool

All television isn’t bad

Television for children has changed over the last forty years. First, it was a trusty babysitter, but now, it’s public enemy number one. As a result of trying to give our kids more than what we had, our children have twenty-four-hour access to things we didn’t know about until adulthood.

Parental controls, maturity ratings, and timers make it a little easier to manage what they watch. Consequently, if your child has that one friend with the “cool” parents, you’re in for a tense conversation about why he can’t visit Billy’s house anymore.

But don’t despair fellow parental units, all TV isn’t bad. In spite of Billy’s parents, you can make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear with a little research. For example, if I were Billy’s mom, I’d say something like ‘Make TV your —–!’


While we will never return to our golden television days when Mr. Rogers taught us kindness, patience, and tolerance, TV can still be useful. If you own a Firestick, Roku, or have access to YouTube and other useful apps, you can include television into your homeschooling.

Seriously, there is a Facebook group for Christian homeschooling! If you think television can’t teach your kids anything, here are some reasons why you may want to use television.

  • Watching a lesson is great for visual learners
  • Learning from TV is fun
  • Letting someone else teach helps you

Examples of great teaching from television

Jiminy Crickets

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A golden age of Television favorite

Even though our kids will never know what an encyclopedia is, Jiminy taught millions of youngsters how to spell it through song!

Fat Albert

Television learning
Saturday morning television rocked!

Children of color saw characters they could relate to managing everyday life with song.

Mister Rogers Neighborhood

Television Icon Mister Rogers
A beautiful spirit in television

There’s nothing else I can say about him other than he’s sorely missed. In the meantime, your youngsters can watch Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood that follows the same ideas he taught. Check out this video of Mr. Rogers explaining the value of PBS to Congress.

Okay, Bonnie, that was then, what about now?

Moms and Dads, there is good TV out there. You just have to know where to look. Here are some of my favorite apps I use to homeschool.



If they had this when I was young, I could’ve passed Algebra

Roku is not for just streaming your favorite TV shows. There are additional apps that are just for learning. iEducation.tv app has science experiments, stories, and even tutoring for subjects like trigonometry. Who knew?

Sesame Street, Jet Propulsion, Sid the Science Kid, and Baby First TV are also available on the PBS app on Roku and Firestick.

YouTube Bible Stories for Beginners

Television learning on YouTube
Who knew YouTube was good television?

This is a great channel I discovered on YouTube. My son has ADHD and can’t sit still in the church. The volunteers in children’s church want well-behaved kids so that doesn’t work for me. YouTube is a life saver.

These cartoon stories are age appropriate, have no foul language, and most videos are under 30 minutes. My son loves them plus he asks more about the bible.


Netflix television
You CAN learn from Netflix

Bet you didn’t know Netflix has wonderful documentaries for kids! There’s a huge selection and Netflix continues to add more every day. Check out the story of Garrett Morgan, the African-American inventor who created the traffic light and gas mask that firemen still use today.

Shows are separated by age for the kiddos. Netflix even has the full eight seasons of Magic School Bus. Be cautious when it comes to the wildlife shows as some may be a little too graphic for younger viewers.

These shows are free on your streaming devices. Nevertheless, be sure to check your local cable or the apps on your devices before you stream.

I’m not saying television is a substitute for teaching, but use it as an additional tool for learning. If you’re worried about becoming co-dependent, use the timer on your TV to stay on track. I also have a handy planner on my Free Stuff page if you need it.


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What about you? Are there any shows or TV apps you like to use for learning? Please comment and share below, I’d to share them with other readers.


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Handwriting Hacks You Should Try in Homeschooling

Handwriting for homeschoolers made easy

Handwriting sucks!

At least that’s what my 6-year-old thinks anyway. He loves science, math, and reading, but when it comes time to write…it’s a battle in which I’m ill-prepared.

I have tried tracing sheets, tracing sheets with Elmer’s Glue, and handwriting apps. I got super desperate and went to YouTube. Nothing works, but I’m determined to teach him how to write.

Thanks to texting and other methods of communication, our kids are missing out on one the coolest forms of existence. I know I’m being a little dramatic, but I still go ga-ga over beautiful signatures.

We’re in the third day of spring break and I’m dreading Monday. I start or end with writing because it’s the toughest subject to teach. Yet, in the middle of everything else, I have made it my mission to teach him this important subject.


Don’t get me wrong, I like technology, but the smarter the machines are the dumber we get. Using my fingerprint, voice activation and four-digit passcodes are convenient, but providing a signature is special. I have my mother’s bible and it’s comforting to look at her handwriting from time to time.

Besides, writing is still and will always be essential. He will have to sign checks, contracts, and he will need his signature in order to get a driver’s license or sign a W-9 for his first job.  Emojis and TTYL won’t cut it.

There’s only one thing to do. Monday is coming and in a few months, his kindergarten year of homeschool will officially be over. I wouldn’t feel comfortable moving him to the next grade unless he could write his name.

WRITE ON MOM! (get it?)

While he enjoys spring break 2018, here’s some handwriting hacks I found to help him love writing.  If you’re having trouble with teaching your kids writing, I’d like to propose a thirty-day challenge to get our butts in gear. Comment below if you’re game and I’ll send you a link!

  • Get dirty.
  • Stuck on you.
  • Tell me a story!
  • Get a grip!
  • Relax, why don’t you?

Get dirty

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Handwriting with cupcakes, who knew?

Take the formality out of writing. Go to the park, grab a stick, and draw in the dirt. Let imagination take over in the form of shapes and squiggly lines. Allow your child to get comfortable enough to enjoy the creative process.

Stuck on you

Teach handwriting with glue
Handwriting using glue

I mentioned Elmer’s Glue earlier but of course, I did it on a practice sheet. I chose the practice sheet because that’s all I thought that was the best way to learn.  But as one of my favorite sayings goes, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. 

Instead of tracing the glue on a practice sheet, get some construction paper, draw the letters with pencils or a marker, then let your child trace it with the glue. Yes, you will be messy, but it’s a heck of a lot more fun than running writing drills. Plus your child will learn hand-eye coordination which is essential to writing.

Tell me a story

Read to me please!

Reading to your child is a wonderful way to encourage imagination, and can be used to help with writing too! Try using his favorite stories, but leave out the words. Let him fill in the missing words and watch him grow.  Create your own template with this website or visit Pinterest.

If you want to start small, you can just use one letter at a time. For example. The C_t in the H_t knows _ lot _bout th_t.

Get a grip!

Fun and Function
For your fidgety handwriting kiddos

I know I had a hard time with tracing sheets, but that doesn’t mean I’ve banished them and neither should you. There is a product available at Fun and Function I use to help steady his hands when he’s feeling anxious.

Palm weights are wonderful for finger fidgeters and shaky writers. Think of it like holding a Beanie Baby (remember those?) in your hand. These affordable helpers are available for $14.99 a pair.

Relax why don’t you?

Relax before handwriting
Handwriting, woo-sah!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Golden Rule of parenting. If you grew up in the eighties say it with me, RELAX. It’s okay if your daughter isn’t able to write right now.

In one of my earlier posts, I was frustrated because my son wasn’t reading as quickly as I wanted him to. I compared him to me because I was reading at four-years-old.  One day while driving,  he recognized two of his sight words!

Lesson learned: he will write on his timeline, not mine.


Handwriting doesn’t have to be hard. Learn to make it fun for him and for you. Remember the big picture, you want your kids to be life-long learners.


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How about you? Do you have any creative methods you used to get your child to like handwriting? Share them in the comment section.





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Public School Didn’t Care About My Son’s ADHD

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Public school failed my 6-year-old

You’d think I would know better. As an administrative assistant for Shelby County for seven years, I watched children with behavioral problems go through the revolving door called Juvenile Court.

Thousands of psychological reports and cases littered my desk daily. One of my worst files contained an arrest of a five-year-old for bringing a gun to public school.

As a single parent to my then nine-year-old daughter, I did my best to keep her out the injustice system. A young black girl with an absentee father is a disastrous recipe for failure. I did my best to set a good example by having an education, owning my home, and going to church.

I believed that if you live right, life would be fine. And for a while, it was fine. Far from perfect, but I tried to give her a good life so she wouldn’t end up a juvenile delinquent.

Fast forward to 2010, I’m married, then pregnant at 40. When most of my friends were getting ready for graduations and even grandparenting, I was starting over. I didn’t fuss too much because this time I’m not alone. Also, I live in the great state of Texas where children still say yes and no ma’am or sir.

I thought my husband’s presence in our son’s life would exempt him from trouble even from his ADHD, but I was wrong. My son’s ADHD has wreaked havoc. Tantrums, lack of control, and limited resources have made our lives hell.

3 different daycares since age 3

Eventually, we were able to enroll him in a public school Pre-K class. For a while, it was a Godsend; I was able to relax. It didn’t last long because the behavior started again. Keith would get physical, use four-letter words, and rarely listened. Academically he excelled, but his behavior was keeping him from being his best.

He had to attend an additional year of Pre-K because Texas school law states a child has to be age 5 by September 1. My son’s birthday is on the sixteenth. I don’t know if a year really makes a difference; all I knew then is I was ready for him to leave Pre-K.

I believe some of his problems are his brain works faster than most kids. Holding a kid like that back a year doesn’t do him any good, but as I was soon to find out, public education is not about what’s best for the child. Public school is about numbers.

When it was time to enter Kindergarten, Keith was a little scared because Pre-K was all he knew. He would be leaving behind his friends and teachers. My fears is because I knew his problems would follow him there.

You’re probably familiar with IEP programs if your child has ADHD or other learning disabilities. Public school puts together a team made of teachers, the principal, and the guidance counselor to help your child do his best. What I was promised in that meeting is the new school is aware of his learning disability and that they would help him succeed.

I was wrong

Keith’s behavior and ADHD showed up as usual. At first, dad and I were able to talk to him. The counselors and his teacher seem to be on board. However as the days went on, things became worse.

About a month into his kindergarten year,  the principal and vice principal request a meeting. My husband has mandatory overtime on Fridays and couldn’t attend.  I prepare myself even though it wasn’t the first time I met with an administrator, but I wasn’t expecting the bombshell they dropped in my lap.

Your son is a

How some public schools label ADHD

I wish I was making this up, but I’m not. The parents of the other child filed a police report against my son for bullying. In the principal’s words, my son “targeted” this kid. In my son’s offense, he protected a little girl from the other kid who threatened to throw a bug on her.

A little gentleman yes. A bully, no.

I suppose I could go on a rant about the total BS of that conversation, but I won’t. I could scream bloody murder about the injustice to my son, but I won’t do that either. What I will say is this: public schools FAIL children with ADHD.

Think about it. If my son had a wheelchair, they would build him a ramp. If my son was deaf, they would hire an interpreter. Yet he has ADHD which is a real disability, they have nothing to offer him.

Nearly 10 percent of school-age children diagnosed, but we remain short on supply of teachers, proper training, and proper medicine.

What excuse do we have?

Now some 15 years later after my daughter’s diagnosis, we know more about this learning disability. While medication is helpful, therapy has worked wonders for our son that is when we can get the insurance company to pay for it. That is a topic I will address in another post.

But back to the public school system. What or why aren’t they doing more to help children with learning disabilities? There are two federal laws on the books that are supposed to help children.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 does not have strict ­qualification criteria but is limited to changes in the classroom, modifi­cations in homework assignments, and taking tests in a less distracting environ­ment or allowing more time to complete tests.”

“The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B (IDEA) requires public schools to cover costs of evaluating the educational needs of the affected child and providing the needed special education services if your child qualifies because her learning is impaired by her ADHD.”

During our IEP meeting, dad and I were told that every accommodation will be made to help Keith but I feel like they failed him. We still have the paperwork on what they promised, but failed to deliver. we could get a lawyer, but we’re not those people. Now I work from home and homeschool my son.

But what about the other parents out there? Who fights for them? Who fights for you?



Have you faced a similar problem? What did you do? I’d love to hear your story. Please share your comments below.




Post was originally published 11/1/17 update for 2/24/18




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Medicine for ADHD: 3 Crucial Things You Should Know

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When  ‘just say no’ to medicine isn’t an option

Medicine for ADHD isn’t an easy choice. Maybe your pediatrician thinks your child is too young. Or your in-laws believe you’re being too soft on your kid.

Whatever the case is, you know what you’re doing isn’t working. Before I homeschooled, I got calls every day to come pick him up from daycare. I pulled him out of daycare after he hit a teacher’s hand with a broom.

The last two weeks before Pre-K ended he was in trouble every day. A month into Kindergarten I withdrew him before he was expelled.

I was frustrated and tried every method known to parent-kind. I had to face a hard fact. He needs medicine that works.

It’s a difficult truth to face about your baby. He’s wonderful and the sight of him makes your heart melt. She’s funny and creative with a mischievous sense of humor.

Medicine for ADHD?
ADHD makes life interesting, doesn’t it?

And then there’s the ADHD

Without question, ADHD makes it difficult to parent. But what about the child? A social situation like school, church, or even the grocery store has minefields full of triggers that can set her off.

After the official diagnosis, we requested medication. Were we scared? You bet.

My daughter was diagnosed in first grade in 2002. Frequent outbursts, lack of focus, and a caring teacher led me to get treatment. I kept it a secret because back then it was a sign of lazy parenting.

Fast forward to 2014 I noticed the same symptoms in my son. I scheduled a second visit with his pediatrician who wasn’t onboard the first time I mentioned my suspicions. Thankfully, he was unavailable but a caring nurse practitioner told me to get him tested after witnessing his ADHD behavior first hand.

No one wants to give a 3-year-old drugs

Even with an official diagnosis, no one wants to prescribe meds to a child that young. I understood that, but when counseling, discipline, and non-drug treatments fail you, what do you do?

It’s time to fight!

And believe me when I tell you, you’re in for a fight.

You’ll fight with insurance companies, doctors, your friends, your in-laws, people at the checkout line at Wal-Mart and maybe your spouse. This battle continues until they’re out of your house and even then it may show up at Thanksgiving.

The point I’m trying to make is children with ADHD become adults with ADHD. The good news is, it’s treatable with proper medication and other factors like diet and exercise. If you want to use medicine to treat your child’s ADHD, here are three things you should know.

  • Insurance

  • Genetic testing

  • Holistic treatment

Insurance companies are notorious for keeping treatment out of the hands of people who pay their salaries. There I said it. I’m talking from a customer and former employee standpoint.

Medicine Insurance
Insurance, the necessary evil

If you don’t believe me, watch Michael Moore’s documentary Sicko.

All critique aside, you must call your insurance company and verify:

If a provider is currently contracted with your insurance (Never ask a doctor if he takes your insurance, phrase your question “Are you currently contracted with __________” Also don’t rely on your insurance company’s website provider list, as many as 50% of the providers listed don’t take the insurance anymore. Also, find out if you need a referral first.

How much your deductible is: Does your deductible increase if you go out of network? If you haven’t met your deductible, how much is your office visit co-pay to see a specialist? I know it sounds old hat, but when I worked as a customer services agent over half of my calls were from people who were P.O.’d when the insurance company didn’t pay a bill because deductibles weren’t met.

Find out which meds they will pay for and if there are any restrictions. For example, my company wouldn’t pay for medicine because he was too young. My son had to use Adderall which made him like a zombie.

Genetic testing

Genetics Medicine
Genetic testing for ADHD can be useful

Do understand a lot has changed since my daughter’s diagnosis in the early 2000s. I discovered genetic testing on one of the group boards on Facebook. I had no idea that you can order a genetic test to discover which medicine works best for your child.

Warning, the tests are expensive, but some insurance companies will pay for it. The most popular two are Genesight and kailosgenetics.com/ADHD.

Genesight tests for ADHD, depression, chronic pain, and Folate deficiency. With insurance, your out of pocket costs may be around $300. If you have Medicaid or Medicare, your cost is $0. They even have options if you’re uninsured.

Kailosgenetics does genetic testing for ADHD and offers other screenings for cancer. They also provide genetic testing for people who want to start a family. The cost of their test is $149 for first-time customers.

Both companies offer the swab test so no needles. A couple of swipes inside your youngster’s cheek and you’re done! Mail the results to the lab and get your results in a few weeks.

I’m trying the Kailos tests because obviously, I want to save money, but I did my research which I advise the same to you.  What I noticed with Kailos is you have to share your results with a Kailos provider depending on which state you live in.

With Genesight, your results are delivered with 36 hours; Kailos takes 10 business days. Both companies make the same promise which is to find the best treatment for your genetic type. Taking the guessing game out of which meds work best is a game changer for you and your child.

Look for my review of Kailos my product review page next month.

Holistic treatment

Essential oils the alternative medicine
Essential oils can be effective

Finally, there is the holistic route. There are hundreds of natural methods to treat ADHD. When I first suspected my son had ADHD at age 2, I tried a natural treatment first.

Synaptol is a natural homeopathic over the counter supplement mostly used to relieve the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder-ADHD. It is a remedy for individual with problems such as inability to listen to instructions, focus, control impulses or pay attention to a given task.

The Synaptol worked great at first, but it started to lose its effect. I believe it’s because of his natural growth. I tried some other methods, but the natural medicines weren’t strong enough to keep up with his chemistry.

Just like any other medicines, what doesn’t work for him may work wonders for another child. Parents swear by essential oils like:



I haven’t tried the essential oil on him yet, but I know the scent of lavender calms. I will admit to buying a kyanite and lavender crystal for myself and they both have a calming effect.

There are traditional methods I use to help him. You probably remember these:

  • Playing outside
  • Biking riding
  • Raking leaves
  • Playing classical music
  • Yoga (Okay it’s still new to the Western world, but it’s been around for ages )

The more physical activity he does, the less impulsive he is. Also, did you know lack of sunlight causes Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD?) Sometimes, just getting kids back into nature does the trick. When possible, I try to schedule two recesses a day, one before and after lessons.


All children are undeniably extraordinary, but not equal. My daughter’s ADHD made her super talkative and super fidgety. My son is that times 100, plus he’s aggressive when irritated, has no focus, and no impulse control.

I’m speaking for myself when I say traditional methods don’t work for him.  I remember my mistakes with my daughter’s diagnosis and I’m going to do my best not to do the same with my son.

The medicine won’t fix him, but it will help us to become better people.


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Embarrassment to Empowerment: Tools to get through those ADHD moments

Embarrassment happens to us all

Embarrassment tales usually start like this:

You manage to get through lessons without tears. He eats all his breakfast without complaint. She even cleans her room without additional warnings.

Feeling hopeful? Maybe I can run a quick errand or two!

So you whisk your ADHD child to the grocery store. You have your list ready, you sacrificed your smartphone to keep her occupied. You know which aisles trigger tantrums so you avoid them at all costs.

And then the unspeakable happens…

Some Neanderthal sets a display of candy in the pet foods aisle. Your kid spots it and all hell slowly breaks loose and the next thing you know, you’re in a verbal tug of war of why they can’t have the candy. Passerbys give you the look and the next thing you know you’re in the middle of an embarrassing situation.

Parenting a child with ADHD is hard. If trying to find the right meds for your kid or dealing unsympathetic providers doesn’t stress you out, then dealing with meltdowns and unsympathetic looks will make you want to run in a corner and hide.

Perhaps the worst feeling of all is the embarrassment.You feel like a total failure. Failure makes you feel like giving up.

Why me?

I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say dealing with Keith’s ADHD isn’t exhausting. The constant talking, his impulsivity, and lack of focus are why I homeschool. The ADHD makes him disruptive and sometimes downright annoying.

Yes, I said it. My son is annoying.

I do love him with all of my heart and I wouldn’t wish for another child, but I do wish he didn’t have ADHD because it causes a level of embarrassment I can’t gloss over with a “he missed his nap.”

But because he does have ADHD, I have to be his biggest advocate so he can grow up and have an amazing life.

So how do you stop the embarrassment?

Let me be very clear, you CANNOT stop the embarrassment.  Because just when you think you have heard, done, or seen it all, your child will do something to top the last time she embarrassed you.

True story: My husband took my son to get his haircut. My son is hypersensitive to noise, lights, and will shrivel up like a prune if you try to touch his ears. After lots of coaching, I sent him to the shop with his dad.

It wasn’t his first time getting a haircut, but it was his first time at this shop with this barber. His previous barbers were one of those kiddie cut shops. I stopped taking him because if he didn’t get to sit in the Lightning McQueen Car, he wasn’t going to do it.

Everything was going well until the barber tried to shape up around his ears. This was to be expected, but I coached him to become a statue when the barber gets to that area. The clipper nicked his ear and he shouted “G——–.”

Needless to say, the whole shop froze. My husband was embarrassed. I was embarrassed for him but glad I wasn’t there.

My son learned that word at the age of two. His great-grandmother has dementia and said it a few times when we went to Lampassas for Grandpa Happy’s birthday. Obviously, he never forgot that word, and it showed up again at the age of five.


I don’t know about you, but there is nothing worse than hearing foul language from a child. And in most cases, it’s totally appropriate to blame the parent, BUT if the child didn’t learn that word from the parent, it’s an unfair judgment.

I know, I know, society doesn’t live in your house, but in that moment, they do and it’s mortifying.

So do I grocery shop after he goes to bed? Learn how to cut his hair? Tape his mouth shut?

Grocery shop at night? Sometimes. Get his hair cut when he starts to look like Cousin It from the Addams Family? Yes. And no to taping his mouth shut, though his dad fantasizes about it.

Before frustration sets in, here is a handy acronym to help you get through those tough moments when you want the earth to swallow you whole.


Practice makes an improvement. In The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child, Dr. Kazdin recommends prompting your child before the situation occurs. Prompting is an effective parenting tool that you’ve been using all along.

Think about it. When someone gives your child a gift, you prompt your child to say thank you. Use the same method but tweak it to your situation.

Think it doesn’t work? Think back to your childhood. Remember the “we’re going to the store and we’re only getting these items, don’t ask for any toys speech and I mean it.”

Raise your hand if your mom gave you the “I dare you” stare to drive her point home.

Recognize your child’s triggers.  If the bright lights, noisy machines, and the bustle of traffic aren’t distracting enough, then they came up with the brilliant idea to put random toy displays all over the place.

Toys are most children’s trigger, but ADHD takes it to a whole other level. In case of selective amnesia, there are a couple of products I recommend to keep your child busy while you shop.

Noise Reduction Headphones by Function and Function reduce noise levels by 20 decibels. Although these headphones can’t be used for music, they help your child function in a noisy environment. Less noise means less distraction.

Regulation Putty helps your child express their feeling and increase motor skills. The putty is filled with a facial mood that expresses a range of emotions. When your child is feeling anxious, she can squeeze the putty to help find the most appropriate feeling.

Exit immediately if things start to escalate. You may have to go to another aisle to calm your child or you may have to leave the store. It’s doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent, it means you made the best choice for you and your child.

Embarrassed? Exit
Exit stage left

The truth is, you know your limitations. Ever wonder why some parents pretend to go deaf when a kid is screaming their head off? Because some of them are experts at calling their child’s bluff and won’t give them the satisfaction of giving in.

How do you tell the difference between those parents and the other ones who appear deaf, those parents don’t look defeated. And they do not apologize.

Pick your battles. Finally, we have to learn when to stand our ground and when to let it go. Some days you win, some days the ADHD wins.

There isn’t any shame in losing, the shame comes when you give up.

Raising a child with ADHD means embarrassment, frustration, and sometimes anger.  It also means you get up every day and do your best, learn from your mistakes, and keep moving forward. I’m rooting for you!


What about you? Has your child’s behavior embarrassed you? What did you do? I’d love to hear about it. Please share it in the comment section near the top right hand corner.


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The Beautiful People We Admire Have ADHD

Celebirities with ADHD
I wonder where Jim Carrey shops for his fidget spinner…

Celebrities with ADHD, wait, WHAT?

ADHD are four letters that add up to big problems. Lack of focus, hyperactivity, and plenty of frustration affect everyone. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a big topic of debate in schools and at dinner tables.

If you were anything like me in the early 2000s, I was on the side of the fence that didn’t believe in it. I thought children were just being bad and parents were being wimps. Yes, I know, ouch.

When my daughter was diagnosed I got a taste of my own medicine. My “friends”  snubbed their noses and didn’t believe me.  Thank God my juvenile justice system colleagues were supportive.

ADHD is a hard road to travel alone

It takes a village of family, friends, prayer, diet, sometimes meds and counseling to get through the journey. Until a few weeks ago, I thought I was all alone on this journey.

The last counselor told me that kids with ADHD go on to do big things. I didn’t believe it at the time because my son was kicked out of his second daycare. I found myself pouting and wanting an easier road.

Celebs with ADHD
ADHD can be lonely too

Do you feel this way too?

Raising children isn’t an easy task anyway, but raising a child with learning disabilities is a whale of a challenge. If your child is in public school, there may be resources available, but a homeschool parent is left to their own devices. It’s a never-ending battle between your child’s behavior, insurance companies, and doctors who think they know your child better than you.

What his last therapist said didn’t hit me until a few days ago. I was doing some research on my last blog when I ran across a link regarding celebrities with ADHD. I have to tell the truth when I say some people are more obvious than others, achoo! Jim Carrey, I mean bless you.

There are some big names out there who have done well despite unfair labels like troublemaker, lazy, and never going to amount to anything.  The list was long but I managed to narrow it down to a few of my favorite people I love to see in film, sports, TV, music, and business.


Justin Timberlake

I’ll let you whip me if…

So what can I say about my boy Justin? He sings, dances, acts and used to date, Cameron Diaz. I’m sorry, I’m an older chick so I’m team Cameron, not Jessica Biel.

Back to reality Bonnie, before he won Grammys, acted, and made my then teen-aged daughter swoon, he was diagnosed with ADHD.

 Justin is from my hometown of Memphis. This one came as a shock, I just thought he was a prankster.  I thought he liked to be goofy so people wouldn’t remember he was in the Mickey Mouse club once up a time.


Jamie Oliver

Spaghetti anyone?


You have to love a man who can cook and trying to save children from obesity and tooth loss one bite at a time.

 As a child, celebrity chef Jamie was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. In a 2015 interview with DailyMail UK, Jamie says he was pulled out of classes to go to special need sessions. Jamie says changing his diet helped his ADHD and encourages parents to eliminate foods that may trigger ADHD symptoms.


Will Smith


And you thought he was naturally funny, it’s the ADHD

All hail the Fresh Prince! Hollywood’s billion dollar man has ADHD!  His class clown antics were a disguise for his shortcomings, but with hard work, he made Oscar nominations out of those lemons.

If you watch reruns of the Fresh Prince, you can see Will’s mouth moving while other actors are saying their lines. If you notice your kiddo’s lips moving while you’re teaching, this may be a coping mechanism or a tool to retain information.


Michael Phelps

It was the “H” that helped him score 4 medals

Despite losing a race to a computer generated shark, this gold medal phenom is still a winner in my book.  Michael’s ADHD was discovered at age 9.  His mom, the charming Debbie Phelps, shared her experience with Everyday Health.

Debbie’s story resonates with a lot of mothers. Michael’s pre-K years resembles my son’s. Keith’s inability to stay on task,  incessant talking and fidgeting drove his teachers, classmates, and us up a wall.

 The good news is Keith loves to swim.  Olympics 2028 here we come!


Howie Mandel


Did you touch my hand sanitizer?


The actor, comedian, and host, brought many television and movie audiences laughter over the years. When’s he’s not hosting America’s Got Talent, he’s avoiding germs like the plague.


Howie has a little OCD going on in terms of his germophobia. He doesn’t shake hands with the contestants and you may see him constantly reach in his pocket. No worries, he’s just making sure his hand sanitizer is within reach.


Michelle Rodriguez


Fast and Fabulous

Before she was fast and furious, Michelle struggled in school like most kids yet that didn’t keep her from scoring a role on one of TV’s favorite drama Lost.


Michelle plays a lot of tough characters in her films. I’m no movie critic, but my guess is she draws upon her experience with ADHD. Michelle explained in 2016 interview that she didn’t want to take medication even though it may have affect career as a future director and writer.


Solange Knowles



Come sit at my table


Yes, she’s Beyonce’s sister, but make no mistake about it, she’s a star. Before she made elevators interesting again, Solange was a backup singer and songwriter to her sister’s Grammy-winning group Destiny’s Child. Solange made her acting debut in the Johnson’s Family Vacation.


Despite the rumors of being a hothead (cheat on my sister and I’ll dot your eye too), she’s a lyrical genius. Solange won her first Grammy last year for her groundbreaking CD A Seat at the Table


Whoopi Goldberg


Academy Award, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony-winning actress (Ghost), comedian (HBO, etc), host (The View) philanthropist, singer (Sister Act) wearer of dreads and tells you what’s on her mind in a heartbeat, Whoopi Goldberg, formerly known as Caryn Johnson has ADHD and dyslexia.

Whoopi was referred to as dumb or retarded by her peers but her mother, her strongest advocate, told her to pay those jerks no mind. Whoopi credits her ADHD and dyslexia for giving her the courage to think differently.  So there.


Emma Watson


This disease has a name



Before she gave the boys a run for their money at Hogwarts and tamed the monster in the enchanting live-action story Beauty and the Beast, Emma was diagnosed with ADHD in her childhood.

Emma’s one smart enchilada too. She has a degree in English from Brown and is a United Nations Women’s Ambassador.


Eva Longoria


Tony Parker who?

This Corpus Christi, Texan, native, and former Desperate Housewife Gabby Solis made us shout Hallejenuah on Sunday nights with her cutthroat one-liners. My favorite Gabby line, “don’t high jack a Ferrari, if you don’t know how to drive” has ADHD.

Eva disclosed this information after DH series created an episode about a character’s addiction to Ritalin. Eva takes Ritalin to control her ADHD.  Adult ADHD was brought to the limelight only about ten years ago.





So there you have it. This is only the tip of the iceberg. I can probably fill my next two blogs about celebrities who have this disease. There were many other names I could’ve included like the sexy Ryan Gosling, beloved Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, RIP.


Yes, Harvard dropout, multi-billionaire Bill Gates has it too.


Pardon me, have you seen my bank account?







And if my list didn’t make it plainer, let me sa it loud and clear.ADHD doesn’t mean your child can’t succeed. He or she won’t spend their lives wandering aimlessly from job to job either. With patience, guidance, and understanding, they can make someone’s top 10 list too. LOL




Can you think of any other celebrities? Do you suspect a famous person has it? I’d love to read your guesses and find so please share below.




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