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Planning Safe Vacation Fun with ADD
Children are curious adventurers. That's how they relate to the world and learn. When they have time away from school, kids can have enormous growth peaks as they journey through their vacation activities. What is a growth peak? It's when a child takes that giant leap forward in areas such as maturity, mental acuity, or social skills. Kids with Attention Deficit Disorder are blessed with huge doses of creativity and a flair for out-of-the-box problem solving. Couple these traits with boundless energy and impulsivity and you have a recipe for an interesting vacation…or a disaster waiting to happen. What makes the difference? Planning, of course!
Below are links to articles that will help you make plans to keep your child safe and engaged over the long vacation period. A brief description of the article is included.
Safety Tips and Kids with ADD
Kids with Attention Deficit Disorder may find themselves in dangerous situations because they have an impulsive nature. Any time that kids with ADD have a lot of free time, like summer vacation or school holidays, they have more opportunities to exercise that impulsivity. With a few common sense safety precautions, you can help your child have a safer holiday.
Fireworks Safety and ADD
Impulsivity and inattention are two of the hallmarks of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD). When you combine these traits with fireworks, you have an explosive and dangerous combination. Then, factor into this equation the inexperience and feelings of invincibility of childhood and you have a perfect storm for injury.
Internet Safety and Kids with ADD
If you are close to a young person with Attention Deficit Disorder, you don’t need me to tell you that this kid is energetic, curious, and creative. These kids are constantly exploring the world around them, looking for explanations, experiences and adventure. The Internet is a magnet for children with ADD/ADHD. Don’t let it pull them into dangerous situations.
Since you are reading this, I am going to believe that you are computer literate. After all, this is an online magazine. Your young person has some access to computers. Many parents are uncomfortable about limiting their child’s freedoms. Hopefully, you already have computer rules in place. Here are a group of policies that I feel are important to help keep your child internet-safe.
Parenting Children with Attention Deficit Disorder
Parenting is one of those jobs that have a long, steep learning curve. You need to balance what children want with what they need. Children with Attention Deficit Disorder have all of the same needs as other children. They need safety and security. A sense of love and belonging is important. Good nutrition, exercise, and creative outlets are necessary for a well-rounded child. However, layered over these basic needs, children with ADD/ADHD also need strong parental advocates. Life is better for them with a structured environment, including a lot of attention and positive reinforcement to encourage them.
It's a parent's worst nightmare…the call saying that their child has been in an accident. Long, unstructured, minimally supervised stretches of time are accidents waiting to happen for kids with Attention Deficit Disorder. Make it a safe, happy vacation for those “adventure kids” and the whole family. Work together as a family to plan your best possible vacation time.
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