It is common for parents to become frustrated when their child does not listen to what they say, finish what they have started, and do what is asked of them. Add ADHD to the situation and these behaviors are often magnified. This can be overwhelming to the parents and have them feeling helpless as if the child is running the household. This added stress can in return have the parent focusing on the negatives and not the positives the child brings. Even though there are challenges associated with the disorder, you and your family can live a calm and happy life by showing the child patience, love, and compassion.
There are easy ways for a parent of a child with ADHD to assist in treating the symptoms. It is important to remember that the child is not purposely acting the way he or she does. They often can not control their embarrassing and annoying behaviors. The reality is, is that these children do want to listen to what their parent's tell them, but they do not know how. Remembering that, will help the parent respond to the child in a more supportive and positive way.
Communicating is very important when dealing with a child who has ADHD. Giving instructions and requests at one step at a time will make it easier for them to understand and follow. The parent also has to exhibit consistency so that everyday your child will know what is expected of them.
Since children are sooner to acting the way their parents do, setting a good example will be beneficial for the whole family. Following a diet, having good manners, and showing patience will most definitely rub onto the child. If you want the child to be organized, you should set the example so the child gets the incentive to do the same.
Avoiding triggers will less chaos in the household. If you have a good idea what upsets your child, steering clear of the issue is best. Parents need to focus on the big picture and not criticize the child's every action. This can lead to endless criticism. Instead, praising good behavior should be a top priority. The child will be reinforced on his or her good behavior and will be more likely to continue it.
It is important to remember that a parent does not have to do this alone. You can get support from the child's Doctors, and even in groups of other parents who have children with the disorder. Coping with ADHD is a challenge, but when making-over your parenting skills, you are not only helping ease the stress of your whole family, you are helping your child handle their disorder for years to come.