How to Parent Them
Raising a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be an extremely frustrating ordeal. Everyday life can feel overwhelming to the child and their parents, it is normal for children with ADHD to struggle with symptoms such as anger, hyperactivity, behaviour issues, poor social skills, and disorganisation. Most parents are good parents, but parenting children with ADHD require you to be more than good, it needs you to be a great parent. Fortunately, with a few changes to your parenting strategies, you can go from being a good parent to a great parent with relative ease. ADHD in children might be a struggle, but with the following information, you will be able to build a path to a happy home.
1. Organise your home schedule
Schedule specific times for getting out of bed, mealtimes, playing, homework, chores, tv and video games, and finally for bedtime. Write the schedule on a whiteboard or a piece of paper, make sure that it is hung up where your child can see it. Explain any changes in advance and make sure that your child understands these changes for a smoother transition.
- Follow a routine: Establish simple and predictable rituals for all daily activity for your child with ADHD
- Use timers and clocks: Consider placing clocks all throughout the house, with a very big on in your child’s room.
- Simplify your child’s schedule: Children with ADHD don’t mix well with idle time, but too many activities can be a distraction, try to focus on just a few after school activities.
2. Limit distractions
Children with ADHD welcome distractions limit easily accessible ones such as Television, computer, and video games. These should all be regulated as they encourage impulsive behaviour, try limiting their access for the next week or two and you will notice a big difference in your child’s behaviour.
3. Encourage exercise
By increasing time doing activities outside of the home your child with ADHD will have an outlet for their extra energy. Physical activities will burn this excess energy in a healthy way, exercise improves mental function, the ability to concentrate decreases anxiety and depression while stimulating the brain.
4. Do not underestimate the importance of medication.
There is little doubt that medication for ADHD makes a huge difference in your child’s behaviour. Make the sure that your child understands the importance of taking their ADHD medication, children are more cooperative when they understand the meaning of something. It is very important that you educate your children on the importance of their medication and explain why it is necessary and how it will help them.
5. Accept that your child is imperfect like every other child.
It can be very difficult to accept that there is something “wrong” with your child, but if they sense resentment towards them it can stifle the self-confidence and self-image that your child needs to become a happy, well-adjusted adult. Stay calm, arguing with your child with get you nowhere and create an environment of toxicity, your child wants and needs an environment of tranquillity. Go easy on yourself as well, this is not your fault, staying positive and patient will go a long way to helping your child and yourself in the long run.