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Parenting with Attention Deficit Disorder
When one or both parents have Attention Deficit Disorder, it's a pretty good bet that at least a few of their kids do, too. How does this work out for the kids? It depends. If the parents have not worked on taming their negative symptoms of ADD, it can be a problem. However, when parents have been reflective and developed strategies for living a successful life, they can be an extremely positive force in the lives of their children. Parents can share their understanding and expertise about living with Attention Deficit Disorder.
Parents can consider tips in these areas:
*Build routines into your day.
*Make sure that the food you provide gives your child what he needs for optimal brain functioning.
*See that your child has a chance to exercise daily. Take him to large, open green spaces when it's possible.
*Set aside a time to do homework. If you don't already have it, buy a copy of Harriet Hope Green's excellent resource for making homework relatively painless. It's called AD/HD Homework Challenges Transformed.
*Practice good sleep hygiene. Research has shown that kids with ADD/ADHD have problems getting to sleep and staying asleep. Start from a young age to develop good bedtime routines and habits.
*Be your child's best advocate.
*Keep the lines of communications open with the school.
*If your child is having trouble in school, talk to his teacher. Remember, THE PARENTS are the experts on the child. If you cannot get your child's needs addressed by the school, go to Wrightslaw.com and find answers to your questions. Articles in Wrightslaw can tell you what steps to take with your child's school.
*If the Attention Deficit Disorder is impacting your child's school life, he might need to be evaluated for special education services. If he is eligible, take an active interest in helping to develop his Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to make sure he gets what he needs. Both services and accommodations are crucial.
*Medication is a powerful tool. So is behavioral therapy. Tess Messer's well-researched book, Commanding Attention, can suggest other ideas to help with inattention and hyperactivity.
*Find a way to help your child get his assignments home and his homework back to school. Truly, he needs your expert help on this.
*DO NOT let the school limit your child's interactions with peers by keeping him in at recess. Recess is important to your child's well-being. Oxygenating the brain is crucial for kids with ADD. So is having time with peers to develop relationships.
*Because their hyperactivity and inattention can set them apart from their peers, find ways for them to have positive interactions.
*Give kids an opportunity to participate in sports.
*Find out what are your child's special interests. Let them take classes, so that they can meet kids with similar hobbies.
*Know that when you have a group of kids with ADD visiting, things can go to a whole new level of energy. Monitor (from a distance) the kids to ensure that everybody has a great time.
Attention Deficit Disorder has a genetic component. People, who have ADD and decide to bring children into the world, need to consider the supports that they can put in place to help their children grow into a happy and productive adulthood. It can start with a simple question. "What would have helped me have a better home life, more success in school, and the ability to develop lasting friendships?" Choose to model the wonderfully creative solutions that you have found to the problems that ADD can cause. Share your mistakes, and the learning that came from them, with your children. Use the tips in this article to help you find a starting place, and then you take it from there to begin to craft your child's best future.
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