On Wednesday right after the appointment, I gave Kenzie the aderall after school. I am very pleased to say that it is working. No more hyperactviity or impulsiveness. She is very calm and easy to be around. She can still be a little irritable, but for the most part it is good. She still has a lot of issues to work out with Tori. I am hoping that the therapist will help with this. Now if we can just get the mornings better and the irritable mood better. I went on the website that the therapist has and the name of the approach she uses with children is called the Nutured Heart Approach. It talks about how when a child is doing negative behavior that we give lots of attention to that behavior to try and correct it. That in return gives them attention which most of these kids crave so it becomes a cycle. They act out; they get more attention. This program talks about how to give less attention to the negative behavior and make more opportunities for good behavior so you can give them positive attention. That is it in a nutshell. I am sure there is much more to it. I am excited to learn more. But from the little I read I am already looking for good behavior and really emphasizing that, praising, and rewarding. I am also really trying to spend quality time with my kids. This is so hard when there are a million other things that need to be done. Again, I hope the therapist will help me balance all of this.
Speaking of balancing, my husband gave me a great tool that has helped me with my lack of organization and getting things accomplished. Here is what he told me to do: List each morning three things that you want to get done that day and then prioritize them. Write them down so you will not forget or get distracted. This part is crucial-when I have forgotten to do this step I easily forget what the three things were and then I get distracted and end up doing other things. After you do each item, cross it off and move on to the next one. When I have done this, it has helped me so much. I really feel like I accomplished something that day and that helps with my depression as well. I just need to be better about writing them down. Thanks, honey!