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Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD: Beyond Piles, Palms, & Post-its Paperback – January 1, 2005
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Furthermore, many of the tips were just downright silly or unrealistic. For example, under "Meal Planning" tip #17 reads: "Buy large quantities of a side dish you like and make that the main dish. Instead of one box of mac and cheese, buy four. Add a salad or cut veggies and you're set." Tip #18: "Have an appetizer dinner: buy cocktail hotdogs in a crust (in the freezer department), Tater Tots, and if you're really feeling adventurous, slice some fruit and thread it onto skewers." I mean, really, does the author expect us to feed our families this way? My husband would divorce me (and rightfully so). Tip #19: "Cook large meals and freeze leftovers in one-servng containers." Gee, never heard that one before!
Last but not least, the photo of the book cover led me to believe that I was getting a spiral-bound softcover book with color-coded divider tabs. Not so. Turns out that it's just a regular paperback book with a cover art design that looks like spirals and tabs. The real thing is nothing of the sort, but it would be a big improvement to the overall organization of the book.
I will be returning this one. It's too scattered and choppy to be useful for me. A better reference I found is "Organizing from the Right Side of the Brain" by Lee Silber.
Well, that would be wrong. It is more of the same, so much more, and so much of it useless.
This is very important: the picture of the cover is deceptive. The book is NOT spiral bound, and there are NO tabs. It is a plain old paperback. Very disappointing, and in this case you really can tell a book by it's cover: the contents are at least as disappointing. You'd have to slog through pages of irrelevance to find something useful.
And the tips border on the hilarious: Use rice in water to clean out a baby bottle. This is helpful? Come on, this tip isn't even remotely relevant to an ADDer, in fact it adds to the confusion: by the time you get the box of Uncle Ben's out, you'll be thinking of fried rice and a great Chinese takeout place you know; you'll order in bean curd Hunan style, wolf it down, and when you're cleaning up, hours later, you'll find the baby bottle in the sink, unwashed, and next to the dish drainer will be your unopened box of rice.
And oh, in case you're wondering what to have for dinner next Halloween, did you know you can hand sculpt mashed potatoes into Halloween ghosts? You think I'm kidding, huh? Oh no, it's right there on page 277. And, they suggest, "You can serve it with bat shaped meatloaf (using a cookie cutter)." But only if you can remember why you're going through your cookie cutters in the middle of making dinner while the trick or treaters are banging on your front door.
I suggest you keep it simple. Step 1, do not buy this book. Read the alternative suggestions in the reviews. Browse carefully, very carefully.
PS Note that the top favorable review is written by a woman the author refers to as "my dear friend. . . ." in the acknowledgements, so do take that review with about a lb. of salt.
1. The author wrote very little and mostly compiled suggestions from women with ADD.
2. There are too many chapters to keep track of.
3. The suggestions are vaguely grouped, but not particularly well. There are a number of repeat suggestions. I had to take notes outside the book or I'd never be able to find the useful hints.
Like most of the women-oriented ADD books, the "women" oriented material is really "mother" or "home-maker" material. This is particularly complicated by the fact that the quotes aren't organized at all, so I get suggestions about how many hours a day I should spend cleaning the various locations in my house when I only have 8 hours available outside of work. Plenty of women are mothers but plenty of women aren't.
Read "ADD-Friendly ways to Organize your Life" instead. It's *packed* with useful suggestions, and it's in a very ADD-friendly format. After that, you could try this book.
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Not what I was looking for. Women just write in about tricks they use in their own lives -- guess I didn't pay attention to the subtitles. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Suzi Chicago
another great book to help me stop 'chasing squirrels' as we say at my house.Published 2 months ago by dreaming of beaches
This book was absolutely not helpful at all, and I would not recommend it.Published 3 months ago by Ashlyn Lovett
Awesome book that contains amazing tips for women with ADD. I found the tips to be very relevant and I recommend!Published 4 months ago by Le Magicien.
Provides understanding and knowledge about girls who suffer with (or a loved one suffering from) Attention Deficit Disorder. Read morePublished 5 months ago by RonnieTuft
I needed a quick set of notes tot refer to that could help me in a short time - this book was it!!Published 9 months ago by HLEvans
I really liked the info and tips in this book along with all the resources provided! Great book for adult adhd!Published 11 months ago by Jen