Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is known to affect a child’s ability to pay attention and focus as well as cause them issues with sitting still and being able to practice self-control. Some parents find it challenging when it comes to parenting a child with ADHD, but there are certain things parents can do to help their child cope. Parents often try a variety of things to help their child when they have this disorder but through trials and error, some parents have been able to find what works best for their child and what their specific needs are. Keep in mind every child is different, but here is a list of 10 tips that may be able to help your child when it comes to their ADHD.
10 Follow A Routine And Try To Be Predictable
Following a routine and making things much more predictable for a child who has ADHD can be a vital key to helping them succeed. Creating a schedule and actually following through with it can be a great place to begin. When your child knows what to expect, it may make it easier for him or her to be able to concentrate on specific things. Plus, your child will become comfortable with the routine and may even be more at ease making it easier for them to sit still for longer periods of time.
9 Set Rules And Follow Through
On top of creating a structured routine for your child, setting rules and following through with them can also be very beneficial if they have ADHD. It can help with consistency which is very important. One essential rule for a child with ADHD can be making sure that they complete their homework before they are allowed to do anything else after school. Make sure to set some time aside from your own busy day to help your child with their school work.
8 Stay Positive And Give Encouraging Feedback
Kids can pick up on their parent’s vibes, so trying to remain as positive as possible can also help your child remain positive when it comes to their ADHD. Encouraging your child to keep going when they feel like giving up on the task at hand can help give them that extra push when it comes to completing a task whether it is school work, reading a book, or even doing household chores. Try telling your kid that they got this and that you are proud of them.
7 Know And Utilize Appropriate Consequences (For Inappropriate Behavior)
Knowing and utilizing appropriate consequences when your child is demonstrating inappropriate behavior goes hand-in-hand with setting rules and following through with them. If you let your child do something one day and then not the next makes more likely that your child will get confused about what is acceptable and what is unacceptable.
As an example, if you choose to set a rule that your child needs to get their homework done before they can go outside and play make sure that you follow through with that. Make sure your kid knows that if that work is not done, they will not get to out and play with their friends.
6 Give Detailed Instructions
When a child has ADHD it can become challenging when they are giving minimal details about what is expected of them. So, when you are trying to get your child to do something, make sure that you are giving as much information as possible. If your child can read, sometimes setting him or her down with a written set of instructions that are broken down for them can make it easier for them to complete tasks and concentrate on what it is that they have to do.
5 Only Do One Thing At A Time
Trying to get a child who has ADHD to multitask can set them up for failure. Completing multiple tasks can be much easier if they are only given one task at a time. Doing things one at a time goes hand-in-hand with giving detailed instructions. When you use both tips together there is a greater chance for success. Even adults with ADD or ADHD are better off when completing one task at a time. This is a key tip to always try to keep in mind.
4 Help Your Child Be Distraction Free
When your child is trying to complete certain tasks, making sure that their work area is distraction-free can often help them to concentrate better. This means making sure that your child has a space to do their school work that is not cluttered. Only keep what is necessary for them to do their work such as their book or a pencil. It is always best to have their desk facing a wall and not a window since there is usually too much going on outside that could distract them.
3 Practice A Healthy Lifestyle (To Be A Good Influence)
Kids tend to learn by what they see and hear the best. If their parent is living a healthy lifestyle by eating right, getting exercise, and doing their own work that needs to be done there is a greater chance that the child will try to model their parent's behavior.
Children often take lead from their parents, so by trying to be a good influence for your child, it will always be beneficial for them. Also, by making better food choices for yourself and eating less sugary foods, your child may also try to do the same. And minimizing sugary foods can be good for children with ADHD.
2 Love And Appreciate Your Child’s Uniqueness
If you treat your child like they are different – in a negative way – it can greatly impact how they act and how they feel about themselves. Show your child that you love them no matter what. Try to avoid calling your child “different” instead replace that negative word with “unique” and you can try saying something like, “I love you and how unique you are. There will never be anyone as precious as you!” This can also be seen as positive words of encouragement.
1 Work Together As A Team
Try to always work with your child as a team; one unit. If you see that your child is struggling with a task or an assignment, help him or her out without actually doing the work for them. Otherwise, they will never be able to fully learn if their parent goes and does everything for them. Tell your child what a great team the two of you make. When you offer some assistance when your kid is stuck, it can also help them learn how to perform the task at hand more efficiently but it can also show them that they are not alone.