I don’t have time for this *#^%@!(


It ain’t pretty.

Take it from me, “You-make-me-tired Pamela Hutchins,” no one has time for it all. Some people have more free/leisure time than others, but that is because they choose to prioritize leisure time over the world of other possibilities, unchosen. Most of us have so much we want to do (or have to do) that we can barely/rarely fit it in.

Fitting in time to write is about making it a priority and de-prioritizing other things to fit it in. If you can’t do that, then you won’t fit it in. So first make a list of everything you do each day, and be brutally honest. Something’s got to give, so what is it? Let go of crossword, or Sudoku, or long lunches, or whatever is most expendable.

Clark-a-palooza!


What do you get when you combine my ADHD son Clark with 750 screaming teenagers, 65 robots and 10 pounds of face paint?

Gaming ADHD


This week on Road to Joy we celebrate the positive impact of a non-gaming yet game-like activity in my ADHD son’s life: becoming the driver of the robot for his high school robotics team. We will take a serious look at the issue today, and we will laugh together on Wednesday, when I post the … Continue reading

Clark-a-palooza: Next Week’s Topic on Road to Joy


Clark and friends at the Regional Robotics Competition, next week.  Yeah, you’re going to want to read this.  Oh yeah. Monday we’ll warm up with links and information on the pros and cons of gaming for ADHD kids and alternatives that have worked for us, then Wednesday will be the big day.  Face-painting.  Capes.  Spiked … Continue reading

Truth or Consequences?


Raising responsible kids: I am no expert, but Eric and I have five kids between us, so we at least can claim ourselves well-practiced.  The key principle we live by? Truthfulness. At our house, you hear us say things like these: We would rather hear bad news than no news at all. Do you think … Continue reading

Raising Responsible Kids


Next week’s blog topic:  Parenting. George Carlin — may he rest in peace — delivers a funny and thought-provoking monologue on the subject, only one year ago.

Mom, there’s nothing to eat around here.


The fam embarked on a better eating journey last week.    We have three teenagers, and our meals have over time sunk to the lowest common food denominator. “What’s for dinner?” asks teenager. “[insert any non-junk food answer here],” says parent. “Ah man, can I just make some [pizza, macaroni and cheese, chocolate chip waffles, etc]?” … Continue reading

Lacrosse Gloves Make Sense to Me


My 14-year old son has ADHD. He is also a near-genuis, hilarious, dearly-loved and the most well-adjusted member of our family. When I think of Clark, I hear the Natalie Merchant song “Wonder:” “they say I must be one of the wonders, God’s own creation.” Clark ROCKS.

Tips for the ADHD Child to Survive YOUR Parenting


God has such an incredible sense of humor. He gave me, the ultra type A slightly OCD mom, an ADHD child to nurture to adulthood. Somehow, he will survive me; I have faith.

My Mother Is Ruining My Life


My husband and I have five kids, and our appearance on FB has ruined their lives. I regularly speak on the perils to your employment of TMI in social media (as an employment law consultant). So I love this video. I also love the Facebook Song about ex-boyfriends. What’s your fave social media spoof song?

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