Kids often pose several challenges but if your child has ADHD, you need to struggle a bit more to manage the condition. ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of those usual behavioral disorders affecting about 10% of school age children. The condition is more prevalent amongst boys who find it difficult to focus or pay attention to things for more than a few minutes.
Symptoms of ADHD are often difficult to comprehend especially when young ones are usually restless and want to do numerous things at one time. But when such unsettling times extend beyond a reasonable time period, you can get your child evaluated for ADHD. But good news is that with proper treatment, kids can effectively manage their restlessness and attention deficits and lead a normal life. However, in the initial years; it is imperative for parents to effectively parent a child with ADHD and show him or her the path of self regulation eventually.
Ways To Parent A Child With ADHD
Stop Chiding – Resort To Rewarding
It is very easy for parents to become frustrated when they have to deal with constant bouts of attention deficits and restlessness in their wards. The immediate response is to raise your voice or even get to physical trauma. It takes a lot of self control to hold back your temper for your kids are least aware of what they are doing.
You can install an effective disciplining system by communicating expectations, limits and directions. When your child follows them, reward him or her suitably. Habitual undertaking will put them on track eventually.
Schedule A Routine
Any child with or without ADHD resorts to a routine schedule when you make one for them. Following one consistently will make it the way of life for them. This is all the more true for a child with ADHD. Let him or her follow the same routine from waking up to bedtime.
Photo Credit: Adhdchat.com/adhd-facts
Creating and following a timetable for list of activities and chores will also help. Also, prioritize with organizing. Categorize and organize stuff your child uses on a daily basis. This could include clothes, books, toys, accessories, shoes and the likes.
Often, lack of knowledge or education to parent a child with ADHD may come in between you and your child. Hence, seek help from a professional counselor or a support group. Going ahead with the ordeal all alone may seem like a gargantuan task. Instead seeking professional help will not just help you cope with the issue but ensure that your child grows up like any other normal kid. Stay equipped with adequate information needed to raise a child with ADHD.
Avoid Self Blame
ADHD occurs because certain areas of the brain become dysfunctional. This is not a direct result of a neurotic home atmosphere or deficient parenting skills. The easiest excuse or escape route parents seek is by blaming themselves or each other for the cause. Focus your positive energies instead towards development of your child and his or her relationship with things and people. A bad home environment does not cause ADHD in a child but will worsen symptoms of ADHD child.
Get your child comprehensively evaluated for ADHD and then chalk out an effective plan to help your child grow into a responsible adult.
Photo Credit: Neurosupport.nl/neurofeedback/adhd