Tips For Parenting an ADD/ADHD Child
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Tips For Parenting an ADD/ADHD Child

This child gives some general tips that can be useful for parents of children effected by ADD/ADHD.

ADD and ADHD are common problems among children these days. Some believe, with good reason, that this problem is too commonly diagnosed and that most children who have been diagnosed don't actually have it. Whether this is true or not, there are definitely children out there who legitimately have this issue.

When dealing with an ADHD child the number one thing to always remember is to be patient. It may be aggravating trying to accomplish certain tasks with a child who is always fidgeting or who doesn't seem to listen to you, but it is important to remember this is not something the child is doing intentionally. Becoming angry about it will not solve anything.

Staying positive is essential in raising an ADHD/ADD child. Remember that your child does not want to act the way that they do something, but they have a hard time controlling it. When they do something well, make sure you let them know and reward them. Positive words are so important because without them your ADHD child will have little to no self esteem. It's also important to be realistic. If your child struggles to finish their homework every night on their own because they are always distracted, and one night they do it -- even if it takes too long -- praise them. Let them know how proud you are that they did it.

Structure is also extremely important for ADD/ADHD kids. Come up with a schedule and stick to it as best as possible. Making this schedule visible and using pictures for younger children is extremely helpful. Based on the severity of your child's disorder, they may need more down time in their schedule than an average child their age. For example, if you expect your child to complete two chores after school, a 30 minute break in between may be helpful for your child to be successful with this. However, too much free time can also have a negative effect. Be reasonable and give short breaks.

It is also important for you to be a proper role model. Being organized and neat will help show your child how to be organized. Since this is a huge issue for most ADHD children, it is important to model this for your child.

Timers are useful for any parent. They are even more useful for the parent of an ADD/ADHD child. If it is difficult to transition your child from one activity to the next, use the timer. Tell your child they have 30 minutes (or however long you choose) for this activity and set the timer where they can see it. When they have about 5 minutes left, let them know. This can make transitioning to the next activity easier.

Always make sure your child knows your expectations. Be specific at all times. For example, "clean your room" may be a vague statement to some ADHD children. It may be better to say "pick up those dirty clothes and organize your toys". Remind your child of the instructions as necessary.

ADHD/ADD children may require more attention than the average child. Keeping your cool and understanding your child's condition is essential for you to be a successful parent. Your child can grow up to be a hard working, great adult with your help.


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Great and informative write-up