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Being the Parent of a Child with ADHD

  • Being the Parent of a Child with ADHD

    Being the Parent of a Child with ADHD

    Raising children isn’t easy. All parents experience the occasional
    challenges that come with having kids, but if you have a child with ADD or
    ADHD, you will likely face hurdles that other parents don’t.

    Children with ADD or ADHD have difficulty staying focused, are often
    impulsive, and exhibit hyperactivity. As a result of these symptoms, they may
    have difficulty in social situations, low self-esteem, and poor performance in
    school.

  • What You Can Do

    What You Can Do

    Fortunately, ADD and ADHD are treatable. Although there is no cure, your
    child’s doctor will likely recommend medications or other treatments. There are
    also many techniques that can help you manage your child’s needs.

    At the same time, it’s important to make sure that you’re taking care of
    yourself too. You’ll be healthier, more at ease, and have more energy to handle
    challenges that you and your child encounter.

  • Tip 1: Provide Structure

    Tip 1: Provide Structure

    Children with ADD have difficulty with change. While some change in life
    is unavoidable, creating a predictable schedule that is as mellow and organized
    as possible will help your child to feel safe and comfortable.

    Giving children a warning and countdown when you’re about to switch from
    one activity to another. This will help your child change gears more smoothly.

  • Tip 2: Positive Discipline

    Tip 2: Positive Discipline

    Children with ADD and ADHD often need to
    learn new habits to improve their learning and social skills. The Mayo Clinic recommends encouraging these
    changes with positivity and rewards.

    After some time, the behavior change will
    become solid and further rewards likely won’t be necessary. Promoting the good
    behavior, rather than punishing the bad, goes a long way toward preventing
    tantrums.

  • Tip 3: Take a Breather

    Tip 3: Take a Breather

    It takes a lot of energy to provide your
    child with continuous positive support. Be sure to take some time for yourself,
    away from your child, to re-fuel. Sometimes just stepping into a quiet room to
    take a few long, relaxing breaths can help you feel calm, refreshed, and ready
    to tackle the next challenge.

  • Tip 4: Take Time Away

    Tip 4: Take Time Away

    You may also find it helpful to take longer
    breaks away from your child. Book a babysitter and set scheduled dates with
    your significant other, longtime friends, or even with your other children. Just
    a few hours of personal time can make a world of difference to your own mental
    state.

    Resist any impulse you may have to feel
    guilty about taking time for yourself. By scheduling personal time, you are
    caring for yourself, which will allow you to be a better caregiver for your
    child. 

  • Tip 5: Share Stories

    Tip 5: Share Stories

    Your friends may not have children with ADD
    or ADHD, but they might still be going through similar struggles. By opening
    yourself up to those closest to you, you’ll relieve some of the pressure. You
    may also find that you and your friends can learn from one another. Having a
    strong support network can help you feel less alone in your struggles.

  • Tip 6: Focus on Your Child

    Tip 6: Focus on Your Child

    The symptoms of ADD and ADHD are similar to
    what some would call “bad behavior.” It’s important to remember that having ADD
    or ADHD doesn’t mean that your child is “bad.” Focus on remembering that your
    child is good, but that the symptoms of ADD and ADHD can be difficult to
    manage. 

  • Tip 7: Look to the Future

    Tip 7: Look to the Future

    It’s also helpful to know that childhood
    doesn’t last forever. The Mayo Clinic reports that most children with ADD and ADHD grow into healthy adults.
    With your support and encouragement—along with any doctor-recommended
    treatments or medications—your child can make improvements and enjoy a happy
    childhood.

Posted by: Dr.Health

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