Living life with a child who has ADHD is genuinely overwhelming and challenging. It is not the same as the traditional way of childrearing. Standard rules and household routines are hard to maintain – almost impossible. But what is ADHD? It stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This condition has three significant symptoms which are inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. As a parent, you have a crucial role to play in helping your child to manage his or her behavior and to be as useful as possible. If you do your part, you will enjoy a happy and peaceful life despite this condition.
The following tips (based on the opinions of experts) are handy to help parents deal with challenges in parenting a child with ADHD.
- According to the National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities in the United States, one of the first things that a parent can do is to gather information about the condition of the child. Every child is different, thus learn as much as you can about his or her situation. Do research, ask the experts, and learn the things you can do to help your child deal with his or her condition. Always be involved with your child’s condition.
- Next, stay positive and take good care of yourself. A positive attitude is contagious, not only to other members of the family but also to your child. Your child depends on you, and it is vital that you maintain a healthy life. If you don’t take good care of yourself, you will eventually get burned out or quickly lose your patience. If it happens, it will ruin the solid foundation that you have carefully built to help your child with ADHD.
- If your child shows good behavior, it is important to give specific praise and encouragement. Why? Because of their condition, they rarely get praised. They often receive correction and rejection which is detrimental to their health. By giving praise and commendation, they learn which behaviors are acceptable and unacceptable. Also, give them rewards for the little things they do well.
- How about giving specific instructions? Are these important? A child with ADHD needs rules that they can comprehend and follow through. Try to make the rules and regulations (relating to his or her behavior) simple and clear. It is beneficial if you can write down the rules and post it inside your house (where your child can read them easily).
- Diet does not directly cause the condition of your child, but it seems to affect his or her behavior. It is better to feed your child with fresh and healthy food instead of sugary and fatty food. Avoid feeding them junk food. Your child must eat at regular meal times. Having a balanced diet can improve the overall health of your child with ADHD, which in turn can help meet the demands of your child’s condition.
Finally, embrace the uniqueness of your child. Your child is a precious gift from above. Your relationship with your child is important above all else. Hug your child often. Believe and see the good things in him or her. Show your unconditional love and be the best parent that your child deserves.