4 tips to help you cope with ADHD in your child

adhdHelping your child cope with ADHD is a challenge that will reap reward if you have the right parenting strategies to assist you in engaging with your son or daughter and manage your interactions with them.

Making just a few small adjustments to the way you may currently do things can bring about huge changes in your child’s behaviour. We put together these 4 tips that are recommended by ADHD doctors to ensure that your child grows up happy, healthy and able to make the most from every opportunity that life presents them.

  1. People ae not perfect, so don’t expect your child to be perfect either

Accepting that your child has ADHD and does not have what may be called a normal mind, ask yourself; what is a normal mind anyway? Everyone is borne with their own faults and flaws, no-one is perfect. By refusing to accept the situation, you will put unnecessary expectation on both your child and yourself and when this expectation is not met, resentment will take hold.

The easiest way to cope with the problem is to accept it for what it is and then move forward to finding a solution of treatment that is effective for both your child and you.

  1. Block out the negativity

It can be frustrating and upsetting to hear other people talk about your child as dis-advantaged. Too often teachers and school officials may refer to your child as unmotivated or slow, as they fail to identify the source of the behavioural problem. Even when it is successfully diagnosed, school staff may just write your child off and not take the time to assist them with the attention they need.

Kids with ADHD can succeed, if they are given the right learning environment to do so. Make sure that your child is being taken care of properly by the school staff and theta the staff have experience in handling children with ADHD.

  1. Medication is just part of the solution

Medication is critical to providing your child with the mental balance they need to learn correctly, however, it is not an end-all solution. Medication should be scripted by ADHD doctors, dispensed by professionals and then administration controlled and rewarded by the parent. The right mindset and understanding between the parent and child that they must work together on actively improving their condition. Simply popping a pill is not enough.

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  1. Discipline versus punishment

ADHD doctors agree that many parents of children with ADHD have experienced the need to yell, threaten or lecture their children to get their attention and thus wonder why their children refuse to listen. When presented with the possibility of punishment or threats of violence, the child will retreat further into an undisciplined anti-social youth.

However, should you wish for things to improve, then you as the parent must realise the difference between punishment and discipline. Disciplining your child implies that they understand the necessity of their treatment and agree that they should follow and stay disciplined to the medication regimen. As the parent, positive re-enforcement is often brushed aside by the flames of frustration, so next time you are ready to explode, make sure it is not your parenting that is the root of the problem and ask yourself if your own behaviour to your child is helping the situation, or adding to the problem.

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