Robin Finn, MA MPH is an author, essayist, and advocate for ADHD and twice- exceptional kids. She has master’s degrees in public health and spiritual psychology but her greatest lessons come from raising three spirited children. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and can be found online at RobinFinn.com and on Facebook.
The morning started at 4:30 A.M. and 4:30 A.M. and 4:30 A.M. I kept checking the clock on my night table and the blue numbers seemed to blink 4:30 for hours. Wow, I thought, this is the longest 4:30…of my life. I couldn’t sleep. My mind kept replaying the phone call I got just before bed. I was wiping up the kitchen counters when my cell phone rang. It was my friend--I’ll call her Tania. Tania and I had known each other for years and our sons were friends. At that time, they… >> Read More
When my son was 10 years old, I picked him up from a playdate. The father of the other boy told me, "It didn't go well.” He said my son "browbeat" his son--that was the word he used. My son…"browbeat" his son by giving him only three seconds to decide what game they’d play--X-Box, basketball, or Pokemon cards. My heart pounded and I couldn’t help but think, here we go again. I sat in the car pulled over at the curb and tried to talk to my son, to explain--once again--that if he wanted… >> Read More
It was 5 p.m. on Friday and we were following the Waze app out of Los Angeles. I was sweating, because our SUV was stuffed with duffel bags and sleeping bags and three kids with ear buds jammed in…their ears and the sun was setting and the camp asked--very specifically--that we please arrive before Shabbat. Although we’re not religious, I was attempting to bond with the kids through our annual Jewish family camp experience. I had tried to get an earlier start, but the dog had to be dropped off and my husband… >> Read More