How to parent children with ADD or ADHD.
Life can be challenging for a mother or father of a child experiencing ADHD. Parents are often unfairly blamed for their child’s problem behaviours by other less knowledgeable parents, or in some cases, your child’s school. You can overcome feelings of parenting guilt and home life frustrations by consistently managing your child’s challenging behaviours and your own emotions. Our parenting guidelines can help.
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Helping your ADHD child’s brother or sister.
Managing the behaviour of each ADHD sibling category is different. Siblings of ADHD children will usually fall into one of three parenting categories:
- A younger brother or sister with undiagnosed ADHD or ADD.
- An older brother or sister without any problem behaviours.
- A brother or sister with a different neurodevelopmental condition such as Autism.
Managing the behaviour of an undiagnosed ADHD toddler or preschooler is tricky, it is more challenging when you have a diagnosed ADHD child. You can overcome parenting difficulties with clever, consistent and fair parenting strategies. Help all your children understand what ADHD is and what it means for your family. Ensure that your children have a list of expected daily tasks. In addition have a list of expected family fun activities. All three ADHD sibling categories require one central parenting idea. Consistency, structure and fairness.
Create a structured behaviour management system for your home.
It is vital to have a comprehensive behaviour management plan for the home. Parents sometimes make the mistake of thinking that a behaviour management system is only for their ADHD child. A worthwhile behaviour management framework will detail positive parenting behaviours and positive child behaviours.
Developing consistent behaviour management at home.
Consistently integrating a fair and reasonable mixture of ‘fun home tasks’ and ‘not so fun home tasks’. Will prove to both children that you are being fair and consistent. Choose consistency instead of severity when thinking about parenting style and tone of voice. Establish structure and daily routines that you create with your son or daughter rather than impose on you ADHD child.
The traditional enforcing of rules using an authoritarian parenting model doesn’t work for ADHD kids.
Children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder often enjoy breaking rules because it gives them a quick hit of adrenalin when they get in trouble. This rule breaking behaviour is simple to fix. Simply don’t react in an authoritarian tone. In addition, another great parenting tip is to develop a list of rules with your ADHD child. Rule-making can be a fun and rewarding experience for someone with ADHD. It allows free expression of a key ADHD trait, a strong desire for self-determination.
Design your daily family life to include activities that play to the strengths of your child’s ADHD.
Key strengths of children with ADHD include creativity, athleticism and working incredibly hard when motivated by a ‘hyperfocus’. Hyperfocusing for ADHD toddlers and teens can be tricky because they often waste time on tasks that are not important to life success. Any parent that has observed their child focusing all their attention on a video game knows this ADHD behaviour all too well!
However, there is hope! Teach your son or daughter to harness their ADHD superpowers by guiding them towards tasks that are both useful in daily life and are enjoyable for their hyperfocusing minds. Think about the basic of ADHD activities they enjoy. Your little one with attentional difficulties will usually enjoy movement based activities, being in the outdoors and activities that have a wide variety of interesting components.
Our ADHD experts can help.
Out expert team of Educational and Developmental psychologists, specialist ADHD teachers, speech therapists and occupational therapist can help teach parents ADHD parenting skills if they require further support. Our professional team help you think about your child’s ADHD as a problem-solving exercise, that with the right advice and support we can overcome together. We like to call this learning process an ADHD Partnership Plan. We can help.
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