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.