Parenting tips that can help tackle everyday situations with your ADHD affected child.
Parenting a child is no easy feat. Parenting a child who is affected with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Syndrome (ADHD) can be even more challenging because of the repercussions of their condition. Kids with ADHD tend to react sharply to failure, criticism and disciplining. The earlier you help your child channel their energies in the right direction, the faster they will overcome their condition and emerge as more confident individuals.
If you know how to handle every situation gracefully, the calming effect passes on to the child who will eventually learn to control his behaviour. Here are some other tips that can help you deal with an ADHD child.
The natural instinct of a parent is to protect their child. However, parents who have children affected with ADHD tend to be over protective about them. Folks need to realise that the more they do for their child, the less the child does for himself. Instead of spoon feeding them, you should encourage them to do things on their own. You can help with their homework but don’t complete all their math problems for them. Keeping close supervision on them is essential during their formative years but try to bring your own work to the table and keep busy on your own while they figure out their home work. You need to make the child understand that there is no shame in asking for help but they need to try to sort things out themselves first.
Keeping the attention of a child with ADHD is one of the most challenging tasks for a parent. Forcefully trying to retain their attention will only result in the activity not being processed wholesomely in their minds. For example, if your kid needs to do homework, set a timer and divide the time spent on homework into slots of 15 to 20 minutes. Every time the timer goes off, give him a timeout and let him play with his toys or a videogame for 10 minutes. Then go back to 15 minutes of homework again. This is an effective method to promote attention retention for the child. As your kid grows older, increase the time slots.
Maintaining a schedule is crucial for the development of an ADHD affected child. These kids tend to be all over the place and keeping a schedule will discipline them to calm down and put their mind to the task at hand. You will most definitely be tested on these schedules as these kids have the tendency to break them. The onus of keeping the schedules falls on the parents and the other family members. Being vigilant is crucial but at the same time the parent needs to ensure the child doesn’t feel threatened. Avoid threatening or scolding the child and use other measures of punishment like taking away their video game time or play time. This might set off their temper but once they understand the rules they will realise that they won’t be able to enjoy their fun time unless the schedule is followed and with this realisation comes the discipline to comply.
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