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Productivity, Parenting, and Education for Moms with Adult ADHD Are you overwhelmed by the never-ending to do list of motherhood? Are you burnt out and barely keeping your head above water? Are you confused and frustrated by how all the other moms make it look so easy? And somehow you're still floundering despite trying even harder... Your purse is as overflowing as your mind, you never feel like a good enough mom, and you don't dare have anyone over to visit to witness your messy home. You ...
 
I have NEVER met an ADHD woman who wasn't truly brilliant at something! * * This podcast is for smart, high-ability ADD/ADHD (diagnosed or suspecting) women who see their symptoms as more positive than negative. If you want to fall in love with your ADHD brain and discover where your brilliance lies, this podcast is for you! * * ADHD for Smart Ass Women is globally ranked in the top one-half percent of all podcasts in the world on any subject. It's streamed in more than 160 countries and is ...
 
Do you feel the tug or pull in your heart calling you to more? Do you feel like it is too late or that you’re too broken to pursue the dream in your heart? I want to empower you to overcome anything that dares to stand in between you and who God created you to be. I'm your host, Latasha Ferguson, ministry and educational leader, speaker, and mom of 4 girls. I have grown through and overcome some tough challenges in my life. I know firsthand that our past, our imperfections, and our pitfalls ...
 
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Scatterbrained. Distracted. Overwhelmed. Drowning. No motivation. I know why your day feels so chaotic and out of control as a mom with ADHD because I am a mom with ADHD. As I reflected on the episodes we produced over the last two and a half years, I realized that some of the top-rated Motherhood in ADHD episodes deserved another time in the spotl…
 
Many ADHD women are known for being bold, outspoken, and strong-willed, but in a society where those attributes are often reserved for men it can leave us feeling like we’re “too much.” My guest this episode, author Andrea Owen, used to let this fear of taking up space prevent her from letting her stand out. In her mid-30s when she started to embra…
 
"I'm a failure. People don't like me. I just keep screwing everything up!" If any of those thoughts have crossed your mind and you are continually overcritical of yourself...this episode is for you. These types of thoughts happen to everyone (including our neurotypical friends). For those of us with ADHD, these constant and reoccurring negative tho…
 
Well before I was diagnosed with ADHD I was using exercise as a form of self-medication; it’s a way to start the day out right and it helps me to think more clearly and work off my excess energy. All my life I’ve known that exercise helps with focus and self-regulation, but I was curious to find out why that is. After all, if we know the ‘why’ behi…
 
Do your feelings go from 0-100 in no time flat? As we wrap up 2021, let's revisit a few of Motherhood in ADHD's top-rated episodes. Today's "Episode Encore" is all about understanding emotional regulation and how executive function plays a part in how people with ADHD manage their emotions. Explaining ADHD WITHOUT discussing Executive Function is l…
 
Like many ADHDers, I hate doing the same things everyone else is doing, and New Year’s resolutions are at the top of that list. A few years ago, instead of writing out a long list of unrealistic goals (and then losing that list a couple of days later), I started choosing one word and one word only to set the intention for my new year. Each year my …
 
Nothing changes unless we are intentional about changing it. A truth I have learned as I've grown older. Calendar changes do not make anything magically happen. If we are not careful, we will find ourselves stuck in the cycle of wanting change but nothing changing. It is possible to finally achieve our goals. It is possible to change our habits and…
 
Can you tell that dyslexia is my current hyper-focus? This will be the last episode on the subject for a while (I promise!) but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to speak with my extraordinary guest today, Jennifer Knopf. Jen is the Founding Director of REED Charitable Foundation, which is committed to putting an end to the literacy crisis and ensu…
 
I heard Priscilla Shirer once say that we are either coming out of a challenging season or we are getting ready to go through one. As hard it may be to hear, disappointments, delays and detours are inevitable. In light of that, there are a few things I want us to remember as we navigate through challenging times and seasons. Tune in for the three r…
 
Feeling stuck is temporary...when you have the right tools. Understanding how YOUR brain actually works makes it easier to establish systems and create a plan that will work for YOUR brain. Plain and simple. Simple...but not necessarily easy. Let's just say ADHD and executive function aren't great friends. What does that mean for us? It means we en…
 
I’ve wanted to talk about navigating ADHD emotions for a while now, but like many other great topics it has sat untouched on my list, waiting for the perfect guest. When I read the incredible book ‘Your Brain is Not Broken: Strategies for Navigating Your Emotions and Life with ADHD’ by Dr. Tamara Rosier, I not only immediately added it to the ADHD …
 
ADHD is one of the most common mental health disorders. According to the World Federation of A.D.H.D., it is thought to occur in nearly 6 percent of children and 2.5 percent of adults. Experts now believe that at least 60 percent of children with A.D.H.D. will also have symptoms as adults. Patricia Sung of Motherhood in ADHD is with us today to tal…
 
Today is my 40th birthday! As I celebrate a new decade, I'm taking a moment to appreciate all of you, and say thank you for your support. I want your 2022 to be start off with you feeling confident and capable about how you approach your day. As Annie Dillard says, "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." This is why I created…
 
Don't "manage emotions". Understand them instead. Dr. Laura Froyen is our guest this week and she digs into the underlying causes that propel our kiddo's BIG FEELINGS. Listen to this episode to learn more about: Understanding the difference between a tantrum and a meltdown Why and when our children might need to "borrow" regulation from us How to r…
 
Ever since we discovered that my son Markus has dyslexia--a diagnosis he now wears with pride--I’ve been on a mission to talk to everyone I can about ADHD and dyslexia, which is exactly why I wanted to have a conversation with my guest this episode, the incredible Melanie Florsheim. Melanie Florsheim is an ADHD Family Life Coach, Certified Academic…
 
Have you grown accustomed to lowering your expectations? Leaning into the lies that you're too old, you've made too many mistakes, or that your past is too messy for you to be who God has called you to be? My guest, Michelle Clausell, is tackling those lies head on in today's episode. Michelle's life experiences is proof that God's grace prevails o…
 
What is scientific research REALLY doing for women with ADHD? It might *feel* like there is no research being done to help women with ADHD...but my guest today has insight into what's ACTUALLY going on behind the scientific research curtain. Dr. Michelle Martel, a professor and Director of Clinical Training of Psychology for the University of Kentu…
 
It’s December 1st - the start of the holiday season - and WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE is that in this season of light and laughter there are a lot of people who aren’t feeling holly or jolly. This is exactly why I’m inviting YOU to join me in giving 29 gifts in 29 days. It's more difficult for us Smart Ass ADHD women to get out from under the overwhelming…
 
No matter how much we learn about our ADHD, there is always somehow more to uncover. One of my personal ADHD blind spots has always been social skills; for some reason, I was convinced that I didn’t have any difficulties with social skills and had escaped this ADHD trait. That is, until social skills expert and my guest this episode, the wonderful …
 
In 2015, Sara Claudia, faced a personal tragedy that knocked her down in a very sudden and unexpected way. It was a blow that caused her to fall not only physically, but spiritually and emotionally as well. In this episode, Sara and I chat about: Her journey of becoming blind How she came to terms with her new way of living How losing her sight gre…
 
ADHD is NOT well understood by most doctors. I know, shocking, right? We often expect our doctors to be the "know all, be all, end all" of medical information, and as much as they want to help us... they just don't get the in-depth training necessary on every single area... And ADHD is one of them. This Q&A session covers my top recommendations whe…
 
The role of motherhood constantly shifts as our children grow up and move through different stages of life, and then when they leave the nest that shift becomes more like a giant leap. My guest this episode, the wonderful Patricia Sung, has two young children who are still very much “in the nest.” Patricia reached out to me with an interesting ques…
 
How am I going to teach my kid to be good at stuff that even I'm not good at? Today's episode is an ADHD Q&A session focused on helping you find ways to teach your child the important life skills they need to be responsible adults. Okay, so maybe you aren't great at being on time or keeping up with laundry or remembering someone's name...but there …
 
No matter how many extraordinary ADHD women I meet, I’m still constantly blown away by the incredible things they’re capable of, especially once they start to understand their own brains. I first met my guest this episode, therapist Emerald May Rubio, when she took my program Your ADHD Brain is A-OK; within only a few days of classes Emerald had de…
 
What has been holding you back from being all that God has called you to be? What words have been spoken into your life that have caused you to get off course and believe the lies? My guest today, Simi John, is here to expose the lies that have been holding us back from courageously showing up. She is speaking truth and not holding back. In our cha…
 
Showing our kids success with ADHD is 100% obtainable for them is NOT impossible. Today is Part 2 of a conversation I was lucky enough to have with my friend Katelyn Mabry. (If you missed us last week go check out Episode 117 and hurry back!) Katelyn's a special education teacher and author who grew up having an ADHD diagnosis and that led her to w…
 
Many listeners and A-OK students have suggested I invite author Lisa Woodruff onto the podcast, and after this incredible conversation with her it’s clear why they were so insistent. Lisa is an author, former teacher, and parent who has spent the last 20 years researching ADHD and applying solutions to support executive functions in our home life. …
 
Are you wrestling with moving on from a season that is over? Have you planted your feet even though you're feeling the nudge to pivot? If we are all honest, change is hard, especially if where we are is comfortable, predictable, and safe. My guest, Sarah Wood is with us today to chat about how she learned to lean into God's nudging and pivot out of…
 
When we approach ADHD with empathy and understanding everyone wins. Today I chat with special education teacher and author Katelyn Mabry about her experience growing up with an ADHD diagnosis, which led her down the path of teaching. Her ADHD influences how she approaches teaching, and how she navigates being a mother with ADHD. Katelyn shares some…
 
Normally (and ironically) there’s nothing that makes me fall asleep faster than talking about proper sleep hygiene. However, the more I learn about sleep’s impact on our overall health and our ADHD symptoms specifically, the more I realize how crucial it is for ADHDers to make good sleep a priority. Most of us know what we should be doing to get be…
 
Are you waiting for the storm to pass or the current season in your life to be over before you can actually be still and rest? You are not alone. Rest is something I still struggle with and I have to be very intentional about. Our guest, Christina Patterson, is here to help us. She is sharing the lessons learned and how she witnessed God do the imp…
 
In the bonus episode, I am sitting down with two of my friends, Nicholle and Valerie, to have a behind the scenes discussion about being single and seasoned. This conversation is real, relevant, and both of them are bringing the whole truth about their journey as a single woman. In our chat we discuss: Surrendering their "list" to God-- their desir…
 
Hold up...You're telling me we can harness the power of our cycles by syncing our activities with our hormone and energy fluctuations!? Can we say mind blown? When I learned how cycle syncing helps women create a lifestyle based on their own body's natural flow of hormonal changes, I was hooked. And then, finding out how our menstrual cycles & our …
 
My guest this week, Juliana Hock, gives a whole new meaning to the word ‘resilient’. Seriously, this woman does not give up on herself; Juliana recently fulfilled her dream of becoming a realtor after 12 attempts at the Real Estate exam. Her difficulty with written tests is something I know many ADHDers can relate to, but where many people would ha…
 
How free would you feel if your feelings did not get the final say in your life? There was a time in my life where my feelings were at the center of every decision I made. They had the first and the last say. Unfortunately, I allowed them to lead me down a path and into relationships and situations I should have never been. If you can relate, I wan…
 
All right, today we're talking about the elephant in the room: MENSTRUAL CYCLES. I know, I know - not everyone's favorite subject! But it's something we all deal with so we might as well discuss how our hormones and our periods affect us as mamas with ADHD. When you think about hormones, think about HOW MUCH your body has evolved through your life.…
 
In our last episode we discovered why our ADHD brains struggle with time so much. Understanding this ‘why’ provides us with a foundation for building long-lasting time management skills, so make sure to listen to Episode #145 first if you haven’t already! Now that we have our ‘why,’ the next step is to figure out how to develop a more effective and…
 
You planned. You prepared. You did all the right things you knew how to do. Then something happened that shifted everything. The story you once knew and dreamed about has been completely turned upside down. My guest, Sarah E. Westfall, joins us today to discuss a devastating event that changed her entire story. We discuss how she processed through …
 
If you didn't know - Fishbowl allows users to have live conversations with the audience! This episode features some great convos with people just like you! This Part 2 of my convo with the amazing Jessi Romero is FULL of great advice and juicy ideas that will really help ADHD moms and really ANYONE with ADHD. We cover great tips on: Ideas on organi…
 
What is it about our ADHD brains that causes so much difficulty with time and what can we do about it? Executive function plays a role, but like most of our ADHD challenges there are also other factors that, when combined, can make time awareness feel downright impossible. In this episode I’ll take you through the contributors to time blindness, su…
 
What do you do when your lifelong dream is suddenly snatched away by a health diagnosis? My guest Rachel Kang joins me today to share her journey of being diagnosed with rheumatic fever and navigating through the lasting impacts on her voice, how she felt that God had taken her dreams away, and how she did the heart work, and changed her perspectiv…
 
Would you be willing to do a live interview in front of 800+ people? Our new friend Jessi Romero jumped right in with me as we hosted a fantastic LIVE chat on Fishbowl about overcoming and succeeding in the workplace when you have ADHD. Was it luck or was it all of the awesome ADHD Brains that joined together that made this episode so motivating? N…
 
Why is it that a single negative comment can ruin my entire day, even amongst a sea of otherwise positive feedback? Our ability to hyperfocus is one of our greatest ADHD strengths, but if that hyperfocus gets ahold of a negative thought it can send us into a spiral of shame and self-doubt that feels impossible to break out of. In this episode, I’ll…
 
What do you do when your parenting hopes and dreams get interrupted by news you did not expect? My guest today, Diane Dokko Kim is joining us today to talk about her journey of being a parent of children with disabilities. She speaks very candidly about: Her season of depression and wrestling with God after she learned of her son's diagnosis How Go…
 
Scatterbrained. Distracted. Overwhelmed. Drowning. No motivation. There's a framework for that! I know why your day feels so chaotic and out of control as a mom with ADHD because I am a mom with ADHD. We'll dive into the frequent ways our ADHD derails us. Then I have three words for you: TIME. MANAGEMENT. MASTERY. For a lot of moms, managing their …
 
My son Markus has always been incredibly introspective and self-aware, so when, even after receiving ADHD accommodations and visual processing intervention he felt there was still something else going on, I believed him. Markus suspected that dyslexia was the underlying cause of his inconsistent gaps in learning, yet whenever he was evaluated in th…
 
Life can be so very hard sometimes that all we feel like doing is shutting down. In this episode, we are joined by author, podcaster, and bible teacher, Lisa Whittle for a real and relevant conversation about how we can begin to embrace the hard things of life so we can get to the good things. I fought back tears several times throughout this entir…
 
Several mamas have asked for more details around Time Management Mastery for ADHD Moms, and maybe you've been thinking the same thing... Is this class right for you? I'm sharing 8 questions and answers to help you make the best decision possible. Sign up for Time Management Mastery for ADHD Moms at bit.ly/adhdframework by Sept 30th!…
 
Does your day ever feel like you're trying to bake cookies without a recipe and have no idea what's in the pantry? Do we have any clean bowls? What's the oven temp? How do I only have 3 chocolate chips??? And why does everyone else get a laminated recipe card and a fully stocked pantry? Sometimes it can feel like we just can't manage in the real wo…
 
‘Intuitive eating’ is a term we hear more and more these days, but in a culture where restrictive diets are king, the concept of listening to your own body may seem foreign and even “woo woo.” My guest this week, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Becca King, admits that she also thought intuitive eating was pretty “woo woo” when she first heard abo…
 
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