Living with ADHD is not easy for your child. Understanding a child with ADHD is not easy for a parent, either. But your focus needs to remain on making life easier for your child and helping them to succeed in spite of their differences. Here are four ways you can do just that.
1. Listen to their concerns and needs.
Your child is the one with the condition, so it's important that you let them be involved in their own care and that you listen to their own concerns and needs about that care. For example, if your child complains that a certain medication is making them feel foggy or strange, listen to them and report this to your doctor. The doctor can then help your child find a medication that better suits their needs with fewer side effects. If your child complains about a certain educational resource or teacher, take those complaints to heart, too.
2. Foster an open and honest home.
Try to make your home a place where your child is able to be themselves and express their concerns. Your child may feel reined in and restrained at school, so it's important that home is a place where they can unwind and express themselves as desired. Be open and honest about your own feelings at home, as this will show your child it's okay to do the same. If your child is silly or goofy at home, join in the fun!
3. Connect with other parents.
Look for support groups in your area where other parents of children with ADHD meet. You might find such groups through a local community center or doctor's office. Getting the support you need from these groups will help you stay emotionally strong and stable, so you can serve as the bedrock your child needs.
4. Focus on the big picture.
Your child is going to have bad days. This is not something unique to kids with ADHD, so do not blame the bad days on the disorder. Focus on the big picture and on trends. When your child starts having fewer bad days and you start getting fewer complaints from teachers, that is a positive thing. Let individual complaints roll off your back, and do not be too tough on your child based on complaints you get. Encourage your child to focus on the bigger picture and the positive side, too.Share