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The first 8 weeks of school have finally come and gone and it’s time for that first parent-teacher conference. It’s going really well until you hear those dreaded comments about your precious kid- “They’re having a really hard time staying on task.” “They are constantly getting out of their seat and just can’t seem to sit still.” “I’m constantly redirecting them back to their work.” You’re not surprised though. You see the same things at home. You’re constantly having to remind them to finish their chores because they got distracted playing with their toys. They’re always misplacing things. Getting ready in the morning is always a nightmare. The teacher never used the phrase ADHD but you know that’s what she was hinting at.
For most parents, parenting a child with ADHD is both frustrating and rewarding. In spite of the challenges, kids with ADHD are typically more creative, they think outside the box, passionate about their interests, and full of personality. The day to day routine of wake up, homework and getting to activities on time, however, can make you want to pull your hair out. Some parents choose to go the medication route first and for a lot of kids, it is needed. Other parents want to try non-medication interventions first. There isn’t a right or wrong way to go. Whatever you choose, there are some thing you can do as a parent to help your child and yourself cope with the inevitable struggles that comes with ADHD. Here are my top 5 tips.
There are tons of resources out there for families with children who have ADHD. Educate yourself, partner with their teachers, and make sure you have your own support system to lift your spirits on the rough days. Believe me, you are not alone in this journey. If you’re not sure how to proceed, help is available. Reach out to your child’s teacher or school counselor. If you think your child needs to be tested for ADHD, contact a psychologist who specializes in working with kids. If therapy is needed, seek out a child therapist with training and experience in play therapy. All of these professionals can help both you and your child achieve success.