Editorial Comment: Having a child with ADHD can be difficult. Working closely with a medical profession is important. It is also important to understand what ADHD is and how it affects your child to parent effectively. This article gives a few tips that may help.
Parenting a child with ADHD can be a real challenge. ADHD is a neurological disorder that is controlled by medications which help re-balance the brain chemistry. However please keep in mind that acting impulsive, inattentive, sometimes out of control or easily distracted is all that your child has ever experienced.
Even if medication may reduce impulsiveness, an ADHD child will need to learn and be constantly taught to act responsibly. This needs constant help and support from the family.
A few tips for parenting a child with ADHD:
* Provide very clear expectations providing the direction and limits as children with ADHD need to know what other expect of them.
* Make a discipline plan system with rewards for jobs well done or on time limits; as well as the punishments applicable if the discipline program is not met.
Most children with ADHD need help with organizing, so the parents should encourage the child to do the following:
* Keep a schedule – providing the child with an everyday full schedule including eating, home work and playtime will help keep the child focused and complete the jobs.
* Parenting a child with ADHD needs you to provide the child with his/her own space where he/she can have everything organized by items.
* Discuss with your child the importance of writing down everything that needs doing and the importance of keeping a schedule and sticking to it.
Some helpful tips for helping a child with ADHD with homework:
* Make your child a study place where is quiet and distraction free.
* Instruct your child clearly.
* Let you child do his/her own assignments. Do not do his/her assignments instead do reward him/her on completion of homework or given assignment.
* Encourage your child to write down the assignments as given by the teacher in the classroom.
Parenting a child with ADHD in a relationship – while not all children with ADHD have trouble with others, some do and for those here are some tips which will help:
* Involve your ADHD child in activities with his/her peers.
* Encourage social interaction for shy ADHD children. Set up social behavior goals and rewards for carrying them out.
* Encourage your child to play with one child at a time.
Parenting a child with ADHD is an ongoing process. It needs extra care and love which comes easily for a parent but, at the same time never forget to acknowledge each and every little goal achieved by your ADHD child thus, letting him/her know their importance.
Parenting a child with ADHD is challenging but at the same time rewarding when success is achieve a little step at a time.