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December 06, 2009


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Congratulations on the mega clean up. I bet that feels good.

I hadn't heard the phrase "body double" before however it has some credibility. When my kids were younger, they used to sit at the kitchen table and do their homework while I was also there. Often times I wasn't need for help. I used to think they just liked to know I was around.

These days, both kids work independently but often insist on having the TV on while they work. That's something I could never do and I do urge them, often unsuccessfully, to turn it off. Now I'm wondering if the TV serves as a body double or is it just background noise needed by ADD kids??

Michael W

I just found this blog from the attitude mag website. It is laid out very well, and easy to read. I am an Adult with ADD, recently diagnosed and treating with medicine. My blog is not as well written as this one. I hope that with time and practice I will be a good blogger, and an even better person.

Kathleen Christensen

Thanks, Mandy!

I think listening to music while doing homework might fall under the category of "functional fidgeting." Someone has a whole book on it, which I haven't read--"Fidget to Function."

I used to listen to music while I did homework, but it had to be music without words. The TV, on the other hand, would suck me right in (one reason I rarely turn it on). My mom does things like fold laundry with the TV on. It's book TV, she says, so it's just a talking head. But I'd be sitting and staring with an unfolded shirt in my lap.

Kathleen Christensen

Thank you, Mike! I visited your blog and read a bunch of it. I love it, starting with the great title and subtitle ("ADDing It All Up: Looking at the world through curiosity-colored glasses")! And, of course, I so related to the posts. Thanks for sharing!

Claire Walter

I just hauled a bunch of stuff over to the Sister Carmen Community Center -- farther than Boulder's Salvation Army, Goodwill, Humane Society Thirft Shop, Hospice Thrift Shop, etc., but Sister Carmen does such direct good works that I thought it was worth the extra mileage for especially suitable items.

Tamara Suttle

Kathleen, I'm not sure how I've missed your blog since I'm a BMW'er but so glad to have found it today.

I love the idea of a "body double" and will be happy to pass along a link to your blog. I'm putting you in my feed reader right now!

Blessings to you in the new year!

Tamara G. Suttle, M.Ed., LPC

Kathleen Christensen

Thanks, Tamara! I wish you the best in the New Year as well!

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