Parenting a child with ADHD can be difficult and downright frustrating. From the constant battles at bedtime and in the morning to homework hassles, and everything in-between, a lot of good parents get frustrated easily. If this sounds like you, I need you to know that you are not alone. Here are five quick, easy, and practical strategies that you can put into place today that will make a dramatic difference in how you see your child.
1. The Right Mindset Is Everything!
2. Getting an ADHD diagnosis from a competent professional is key, but unfortunately, many will not help you focus on just how important having a positive outlook and mindset can be. Your child can be successful, and is not broken. Overcoming that obstacle and remaining positive is the most important building block. Focus On Solutions, Not Problems.
3. ADHD is a diagnosis made on weaknesses, and too many people want your child to change. This will almost guarantee continued struggle and frustration. Instead, work with your child's unique challenges and difficulties. Focus on identifying specific solutions and not getting stuck on the problem or cause for the problem. Understand Your Child's Developmental Age.
4. Chronological age and developmental age are two completely different ways of understanding what a child is capable of. Never compare your child to what he or she should be able to do. Instead, focus on what your child can do now. Children develop mentally, physically, emotionally, and intellectually at different rates. Be Proactive, Not Reactive.
5. One of the best ways to get your child support where he or she needs it is by getting involved before problems start to happen. Speak with teachers ahead of time and let them know what specific areas your child will need help. But more importantly, you will have even greater success by asking others for what they know that will help. Do not Let Homework Control You.
Children today seem to be getting assigned more and more homework as the years pass. Expectations are running high, and children with learning differences can quickly become overwhelmed. This does not even consider the stress you feel as a parent who can be scrambling to get everything done.Homework is important, but true learning is what we want to focus on. When assignments get overloaded, have your child complete what he or she can and then come back to the more difficult or challenging assignments.
While each of these tips can be implemented immediately, they are not all going to work or be overnight miracles. But rest assured, when you begin taking these steps and following through, you will see dramatic differences in how your child manages situations.
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