Managing a Child with ADHD

Managing a Child with ADHD

Managing a Child with ADHD

Does your child suffer from ADHD? As the parent of a hyperactive mind, ensuring the mental development of your child while managing their behavior is a challenge. The most important thing about managing your child’s behavior is to be patient, understanding, and above all, involved with their everyday life.

The way you interact with your child matters, here are a few tips on creating an effective parenting strategy that delivers results.

#1 Acceptance is everything

Finding out that your child is not perfect in every way may be hard to accept. The key to controlling your own thoughts and emotions concerning your child’s diagnosis is acceptance.

Realizing that this is the way nature has intended things will allow you to focus on your child’s life into the future. If you fail to accept it, resentment will build within you that will be felt subconsciously by your child. A child that feels resented will struggle in life as they do not believe that their parents love them.

You have no control over how your child developed the condition. However, you can be proactive and manage your behavior to focus on solutions rather than the problem.  Here is some help on accepting your child’s diagnosis.

#2 Be disciplined but don’t punish

There is a vast difference between discipline and punishment. A child that has little to no control over their behavior should never be punished. Punishment is a reactive parenting strategy that does nothing to solve the issue at hand and only exacerbates the frustration felt by both you and your child.

Discipline refers the daily practice of principles and life guidelines. Yelling at bad behavior will only encourage more of it. Taking the time to explain why the behavior is bad and unacceptable is much more effective approach.

#3 The ‘bad news’ about your child is not bad news

ADHD does not define your child’s opportunity in life. Hyperactivity in children can be harnessed to improve their quality of life when you focus their minds on what they value. You may be frustrated that your child incessantly plays video games because you feel they are wasting their future.

Did you ever stop to think that professional gamers make millions of dollars a year?

How you frame your thoughts and opinions will help you understand your child’s behavior.

#4 Don’t rely solely on medication

Medication is a critical component of managing your child’s condition. However, it is not a crutch Never increase a dosage without consulting your child’s physician, medication should always be carefully managed and administered.

The Myths and Truth About ADHD

The Myths and Truth About ADHD

What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Children, teenagers, and even adults are affected by it. ADHD is a mental disorder that is diagnosed. It is the most common children’s mental disorder that is diagnosed.

Children with ADHD

Kids with ADHD tend to be hyperactive and they cannot control their impulses so they cannot pay attention very well especially in school. The behavior caused by ADHD is not limited to affecting the school life of children, but their home life as well with their family and friends. The disorder can be more commonly found in boys than in girls, but girls can have it too.

ADHD is often diagnosed when the child is just beginning school and is having problems paying attention in school. Usually, teachers can spot whether a child has ADHD and they talk to the parents about it. Other times parents can detect that their child may have ADHD and they then seek psychiatric help.

Adults with ADHD

ADHD is also present with adults. When ADHD manifests the adult may have trouble organizing, goal setting, time managing, and even keeping a job. Adults who have ADHD may see their relationships deteriorate, they may have addictions and self-esteem issues.

Myths About ADHD

There are many myths about ADHD. I will be outlining two. They are ADHD is not a real mental disorder, which is the most commonly held thought by the general public who are unaware of this medical condition. The other common misconception I will be talking to you about is that supposedly ADHD is caused by bad parenting. This is also not true.

ADHD is Not a Real Mental Disorder

ADHD is a real mental disorder that is recognized by The National Institute of Health, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Different types of research have focused on ADHD and have found that ADHD is a real condition that can affect families and even ruin it. ADHD can have a big impact on children, teens, and adults and their way of life.

ADHD is Caused by Bad Parenting

Sometimes when a child shows symptoms of ADHD, people may think it is due to bad parenting. This is not the case, but people outside of the immediate family may see the child’s actions caused by ADHD as a result of lack of instilling discipline into the child by the parents. People may see that the fidgeting actions and bad comments are due to a mental condition.

ADHD is a disease that can be crippling so make sure to spot it early. If your child or teen or even adult children and spouses are starting to show signs of ADHD make sure to seek professional help. It can help you in the long run and you will be glad the condition is treated.