Empowering ADHD Women to Make the Right Choices for Their Households

Empowering ADHD Women to Make the Right Choices for Their Households

Our guest-host René Brooks encourages other women with ADHD to cast off the shame and blame regarding housework and typical gender roles/responsibilities in relationships. She speaks from her own experience and offers advice and support for other women who struggle with maintaining a household.

If you are feeling isolated, lonely or frustrated over these issues, you are definitely not alone! Click here to read René’s blog post about it. 

Do you have a question you’d like René to answer in a future episode? Or an episode idea? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].  

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Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It’s the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online.

Virtual Open Houses at Landmark College are scheduled for December 15th, 2021 and January 7th, 2022. Learn more HERE!

René Brooks is guest-hosting Distraction through November and December! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

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We’ve Got the “Eat” and “Drink” Parts of the Holidays Down, but the “Be Merry” Part? Not So Much

We’ve Got the “Eat” and “Drink” Parts of the Holidays Down, but the “Be Merry” Part? Not So Much

We are excited to share that René Brooks is continuing her guest-hosting of Distraction through November and December!

Today René is joined by Liz Lewis, an ADHD coach, writer and advocate to help all of us enjoy the holidays a little bit more. “If the pressure to perform all of the holiday pageantry is on you, this message is for you,” our guest-host says in this episode.

A never-ending to-do list, holiday shopping for days, pressure from family, impromptu invites… the list of stressors around this time of year can be incredibly overwhelming. Through today’s conversation, René and Liz hope to help you put some of the fun back in the holidays, with some simple ideas on how to make this time of year less stressful and maybe even enjoyable. (We have hope!!)

You can reach Liz Lewis by sending her an email.

You can find René’s helpful workbook, From Hell to Holiday, HERE.

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Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It’s the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Distraction welcomes Black Girl, Lost Keys blog creator, René Brooks, as our guest host for ADHD Awareness Month! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others sirhould be put toward peopl with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

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You Don’t Need to Resent Struggles

You Don’t Need to Resent Struggles

René Brooks, our guest host of Distraction for ADHD Awareness month, is joined by Brendan Mahan, an ADHD coach and founder of the ADHD Essentials website and podcast, to continue their conversation from our previous episode about a wide range of ADHD issues.

Brendan shares a “recipe for empathy” that he uses when supporting his clients and others through their challenges that you can use too. The pair also offer advice for parents struggling with their kids, and talk about the importance of finding the right consequences and solutions to your kids’ actions and choices. They discuss how taking away video games and other things a child enjoys doesn’t usually yield the results parents are seeking, and can end up damaging their relationship instead.

Learn more about Brendan’s work, website and podcast, ADHD Essentials, HERE.

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Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It’s the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Distraction welcomes Black Girl, Lost Keys blog creator, René Brooks, as our guest host for ADHD Awareness Month! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others sirhould be put toward peopl with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

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How Parents in Communities of Color Are Helping Children with ADHD

How Parents in Communities of Color Are Helping Children with ADHD

Today our guest host, René Brooks is joined by a trio of amazing women for a conversation about the unique needs of black children with ADHD.

Rhashida Perry-Jones is the founding coordinator of CHADD in Philadelphia. Nathalie Thandiwae is a neurodiversity resource navigator who helps parents identify and support their child’s unmet needs. And Dr. Loucresie Rupert is a child and adult psychiatrist who focuses on neurodiversity, as well as foster care and adoption. All three of today’s guests have children with ADHD and share their experiences and advice for other parents of Black and Brown neurodiverse children.

We’ll be releasing more of this conversation this week so keep an eye out for it, or subscribe to Distraction wherever you listen so you don’t miss an episode!

Distraction welcomes Black Girl, Lost Keys blog creator, René Brooks, as our guest host for ADHD Awareness Month! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition.

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or, email your thoughts to [email protected].

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It’s the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

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Anxious, Stressed Out Parents Are Constantly Weighing Worst-Case Scenarios

Anxious, Stressed Out Parents Are Constantly Weighing Worst-Case Scenarios

Anxious parents weren’t born over night, but a shift can be pinpointed to 1984, when the first missing child’s picture was put on a milk carton as part of the National Child Safety Council’s Missing Children Milk Carton Campaign. At the same time, the 24-hour news cycle was coming into existence and local stories were frequently becoming national news, a rarity prior to this new news cycle. As a result parents became increasingly aware of the dangers  that could befall their children, and the “helicopter parenting style” become more of the norm than the exception. 

Alisyn’s guest today is author Lenore Skenazy, who coined the term “free-range kids” after making headlines for letting her 9 year old ride the subway alone. Through her organization, Let Grow, Lenore is on a mission to make it easy, normal and legal to give kids back some freedom.  

The pair talk about why parents are so much more anxious now and how society has shifted from sympathizing with parents to blaming them when something bad happens to a child.

Get a copy of Lenore’s book, Free-Range Kids: How Parents and Teachers Can Let Go and Let Grow, HERE, and learn more about the organization Let Grow HERE.

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This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It’s the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

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Save Your Advice and Offer Support Instead

Save Your Advice and Offer Support Instead

Our guest-host, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, is joined by Bethany Johnson and Dr. Margaret M. Quinlan to continue the conversation about why so many moms feel like they’re never good enough at home or at work.

“The threshold for women to be called a bad parent is far lower than it is for men still, and that’s an institutional thing…” Bethany says in this episode.

The trio talk about how having a helpful partner can make a big difference when raising kids, but it will never make up for some of the systemic problems that exist, like the lack of good childcare. They also talk about a better way we can support moms and each other on social media that does not involve offering advice.

Our guests today co-wrote the book, You’re Doing It Wrong! Mothering, Media, and Medical Expertise and share some of the historical underpinnings of why so many mothers struggle with feelings of shame and guilt regarding their kids. 

Bethany L. Johnson (MPhil, M.A.) is a doctoral student in the history of science, technology and the environment at the University of South Carolina and a research affiliate faculty in the department of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She studies how science, medical technology, and public health discourses are framed and reproduced by institutions and individuals with structural power from the 19th century to the present; specifically, she studies epidemics and reproductive health. She has published in interdisciplinary journals such as Health Communication, Women & Language, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, Journal of Holistic Nursing, and Women’s Reproductive Health. 

Margaret M. Quinlan (Ph.D.) is a Professor of Communication Studies, Director of an Interdisciplinary Minor, Health & Medical Humanities and Core Faculty Member of the Interdisciplinary Health Psychology Ph.D. Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She examines the nexus of public perceptions of medicine, science, and technology, both historically and presently. She investigates the role communication plays in public understandings of medical expertise, illness, wellness, caring, treatment, health, and healing. Dr. Quinlan has authored approximately 40 journal articles, 17 book chapters and co-produced documentaries in a regional Emmy award-winning series (National Distribution with PBS and available on Amazon).

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Teenage Boys Need to Hear From Their Parents About Sex and Relationships

Teenage Boys Need to Hear From Their Parents About Sex and Relationships

Our guest-host, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, is joined by her twin 16-year old daughters and Dr. Lea Lis, The Shameless Psychiatrist, for part two of a revealing conversation about what dating and romance is really like for teenagers today. 

Building on the conversation from our previous episode, Dr. Lis reminds us that boys shouldn’t be left out of this conversation. “I see so many of them are just lost,” she says. “They don’t connect. They can’t form bonds. Moms and dads don’t say anything. They’ll talk to the girls. And they don’t say anything to boys,” Dr. Lis can be heard saying in today’s episode. 

Dr. Lis shares some practical advice about how to talk to boys about sex, and offers detailed suggestions for “coming of age rituals” to help young men and women navigate their passage into adulthood. 

You’ll also hear Dr. Lis’ best tips for teenagers on how to navigate relationships and sex. 

Parents need to be having these conversations with their kids and this episode will give you the skills and tools to start the dialogue. 

Dr. Lis book, No Shame, Real Talk with Your Kids About Sex, Self-Confidence, and Health Relationships is available HERE

Let us know what you think! Email your thoughts to [email protected].  

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It’s the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

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Talking to Your Teenagers About Sex and Dating

Talking to Your Teenagers About Sex and Dating

Our guest-host, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, is joined by her twin 16-year old daughters on the podcast for a revealing conversation about what dating and romance is really like for teenagers today. They are joined by Dr. Lea Lis, The Shameless Psychiatrist, for a candid conversation about the rise of the hook-up culture, why your first sexual experience should be special, and how parents from the 80’s need to back-off a bit and not force their own teenage experience on their kids. 

Dr. Lis shares some insights about how the pandemic has affected relationships, how to talk to teen girls about sex and prioritizing their own pleasure, as well as the shame that many feel if they’re “not being a nice girl” and how to counter it. Dr. Lis recommends teens “set expectations up front” before a situation arises.

Dr. Lis book, No Shame, Real Talk with Your Kids About Sex, Self-Confidence, and Health Relationships is available HERE

There’s a lot to dive into in this episode so please let us know what you think! Email your thoughts to [email protected].  And keep an eye out for the rest of this conversation when we release it on Thursday!

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It’s the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

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ABC News’ Gloria Riviera Believes the Antidote to Mom Guilt Is Comprehensive Childcare

ABC News’ Gloria Riviera Believes the Antidote to Mom Guilt Is Comprehensive Childcare

Our guest-host and mother of three, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, continues her conversation with longtime ABC News correspondent (and fellow mom of 3) Gloria Riviera about the prevalence of mom guilt in our society, and how we can change our current childcare system to alleviate the guilt so many working parents feel. They talk about who is getting it right and where we should look for inspiration, from countries to corporations and even our own military.  

Gloria shares the startling fact that only 4% of US companies offer some form of childcare assistance, and talks about some of the things progressive workplaces like Patagonia are doing to retain new parents as employees.  

The pair also talk about the preschool meeting moment when Gloria stopped striving to be a perfect parent.  

Gloria’s latest project, No One Is Coming To Save Us from Lemonada Media, a limited-series podcast she hosts featuring Kristen Bell, explores America’s broken childcare system and how we fix it. Take a listen! 

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ABC News’ Gloria Riviera on the Pressures of Being A Working Mom and Why Some Have It Harder Than Others

ABC News’ Gloria Riviera on the Pressures of Being A Working Mom and Why Some Have It Harder Than Others

If you’re a mom chances are you’ve experienced mom guilt. Unless you’re like our guest-host, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, who hasn’t felt guilty as a mom, ever! This week Alisyn Camerota, speaks with longtime ABC News correspondent Gloria Riviera about the pressures of motherhood and why many moms feel like they can never do enough.

The two highly successful working mothers talk about where they think mom guilt comes from and Gloria, a mother of three, talks about being a good role model for your kids, even if that means missing one of their events.

“I want my kids to know that I do other things that make me happy and make me satisfied,” Gloria says in this episode. “And so if I have to miss something because I’m doing something I love, A, doing something I love provides for my family and B, it’s important to who I am as a person now…” she continues.

They also talk about how the pandemic and other recent events have ushered in a new era of news reporting where it’s okay to show more emotion.

Gloria’s latest project, No One Is Coming To Save Us from Lemonada Media, a limited-series podcast she hosts featuring Kristen Bell, is about America’s broken childcare system and how we fix it. Take a listen!

We want to hear from YOU!! Do you experience “mom guilt” and if so, where do you think it comes from? Let us know! Record a voice memo or write an email and send it to [email protected]

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Alisyn Camerota and Heather Dubrow on Careers, Kids and Mom Guilt

Alisyn Camerota and Heather Dubrow on Careers, Kids and Mom Guilt

We’re kicking off our 6th season of the podcast with a series of episodes hosted by CNN anchor, Alisyn Camerota! Alisyn is the mother of three teenagers and will be speaking with celebrities, experts and other professionals to talk about the issues families are facing right now. 

Today we’re sharing the second part of Alisyn’s conversation with with actress, entrepreneur and mother of four,  Heather Dubrow. The star of The Real Housewives of Orange County and Alisyn talk about why moms feel pressure from social media, the surprising fact that your teenagers don’t always hate you, and Heather shares some solid advice for parents.

And of course they talk about Heather’s return to reality television for the 16th season of Housewives, and what the experience has been like for her and her family.  

Next week, Alisyn speaks with ABC News correspondent Gloria Riviera, about the struggles working parents face in the United States to find quality, affordable childcare and her new podcast series featuring Kristen Bell that explores this issue, No One Is Coming To Save Us. Gloria also reveals her own struggles with “mom guilt” as the two talk about the vast differences in how they were brought up in the 1980s, versus their own kids today.

That episode drops on Tuesday!  

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Alisyn Camerota and Heather Dubrow Get Real About Parenting Teenagers

Alisyn Camerota and Heather Dubrow Get Real About Parenting Teenagers

We’re kicking off our 6th season of the podcast with a series of episodes hosted by CNN anchor, Alisyn Camerota! Alisyn is the mother of three teenagers and will be speaking with celebrities, experts and other professionals to talk about the issues families are facing right now. 

Today Alisyn speaks with actress, entrepreneur and mother of four,  Heather Dubrow. Alisyn and the star of The Real Housewives of Orange County talk about the challenges of raising teenagers who are prepared to leave the nest, talking to your kids about sex, drugs and alcohol; and whether nature or nurture has more sway when it comes to who your kids grow up to be. Heather also shares her best advice for raising happy and well-adjusted kids. 

Remember to listen on Thursday to hear part two of Alisyn’s conversation with Heather! They talk about mom guilt (something neither one of them experiences), how to raise grateful human beings, and how to support your kids no matter what they’re going through. 

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Reach out with your questions and comments by sending an email to [email protected].

 

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