178: Productive Parenting Live Q&A June 2017, with Brendan Mahan

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178: Productive Parenting Live Q&A June 2017, with Brendan Mahan

This Week’s Episode

On the 2nd Tuesday of every month, we do a live Q&A.  This episode is a recording of the June Live Q&A.  If you are listening to this episode the day it’s released, tune into August’s Live Q&A at 12:30pm at

On this episode, I’m joined by Brendan Mahan. This is Brendan’s third appearance on the podcast.  Brendan is an ADHD coach and speaker.  He is currently a special education teacher.  He understands ADHD from as an insider, as well as from the perspective of an educator.

In this conversation, you will hear Brendan, and I answer listener questions, primarily on parenting.  We cover a variety of topics on children and adolescents with ADHD.  We talk about diagnosis, medication, and everything that goes along with parenting with ADHD and parenting a child with ADHD.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [06:20] – Brendan talks about “the wall of awful.”

  • [08:45] – We talk about the danger in asking our children, “Why did you do that?”

  • [10:39] – Brendan shares his thoughts on lying.

  • [14:39] – VJ asks about the appropriate age for diagnosing ADHD and the role of parents in this process, specifically parents with ADHD.

  • [19:40] – We talk about how ADHD affects us as parents.

  • [22:40] – Marisol asks about consistency in the house and chores.

  • [38:29] – Brene Brown wrote about “the wholehearted parenting manifesto,” and I read a passage.

  • [42:39] – I share one of my most non-proud Daddy moments.

  • [44:36] – A few people asked questions about summer scheduling and structure. Brendan and I both have experience as a camp counselor, and we share some thoughts on theming and structure.

  • [49:44] – VJ asks about the appropriate time for speaking with a pediatrician about an ADHD diagnosis.

  • [52:27] – Steven reports he is seeing signs of ADHD in his daughter and has questions about diagnosis.

  • [59:20] – We talk about fidget spinners and alternatives.

  • [1:02:57] – Marisol asks for strategies for her daughter, who has impulse control issues during angry outbursts.

  • [1:11:43] – Brendan and I share our opinions on video games causing ADHD.

  • [1:13:50] – We talk about the importance of information and education for people recently diagnosed with ADHD.

  • [1:15:28] – We answer a question about getting a teenager to understand the importance of taking medication.

  • [1:18:39] – Brendan talks about medication diversion.

  • [1:23:08] – Brendan and I have an idea, and we share some information and ask for your feedback.

  • [1:33:56] – Brendan explains why he feels that parents yell “too quick” and he shares how to start at a lower tier.

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