ADD and Halloween Plans

ADD and Halloween Plans
What happens when Halloween sneaks up on you and yells, "BOO!" in your ear? You don't have a plan, and you know the whole evening is going to devolve into a huge mess. It's time to make a quick plan. It should include costumes, candy, and kid safety. With kids who have Attention Deficit Disorder, all of these things are especially important.

What kid doesn't love a good costume? They don't need to cost a lot of money. Imagination can play a huge role in creating a costume that reflects the child's unique personality. Encourage a non-violent costume. Swords and weapons tend to inspire more horseplay, which can lead to injuries.

It's all about the candy! People love to dole out those sweet treats, and kids enjoy eating them. Research has shown that some kids have sensitivities to certain foods and food coloring. No, it's not an old wife's tale; for some children with ADD, it is very real. If your child has this food related problem, make a plan beforehand. Trade the candy that doesn't work for him for some candy that does. You could also do a candy "buy back." Agree on a certain amount of money to pay for each piece of candy that causes him problems. Some parents let their kids package their Halloween candy into manageable daily servings. Each day the child chooses a packet of candy. In other families, kids keep a certain amount of candy and the rest is donated outside of the family. How does that work? Candy can be donated to food pantries or homeless shelters. Churches can use candy for youth groups. If you know a teacher, donate candy for their class. Teachers spend a lot of money on treats.

Impulsive children with ADD need to be safe. Halloween quickly loses its charm when a child is hurt. If you have an older child or adult supervising your child's trick or treat action, would you trust that person with your child's life? Essentially, that is what you are doing. Make sure that they have good judgment about where the kids are going. Younger children should always have adult supervision, since they may be especially impulsive when they have the extra freedom that trick or treating allows. Be sure to know who your kids are with.

It's the day before the spookiest day of the year—Halloween! Now, what do you do if you don't have a plan for your kids who have Attention Deficit Disorder? Gather your ideas and make a quick plan. Yell, "All aboard!" and help the kids understand the Halloween game plan. When family members have ADD, putting a quick plan into place is a lot better than no plan.

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