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9 Adhd Parenting Tips

Jan 15, 2008
Parenting ADHD children can be stressful, frustrating and overwhelming. ADHD children have a shorter attention span than other kids and they often anger easily when they don't get their way.

It is possible to raise a well rounded child even if they have ADHD by following these 9 important ADHD parenting tips. These are designed to help you support your child.

1. Set down clear rules for your child to follow. These should be consistent. Do not change the rules as this can be very confusing. Make sure both parents use the same rules.

2. Establish routines. All children thrive when they follow a routine but this is especially true of ADHD children. Be strict about the times that things take place but be aware of the fact that your child may have a short attention span. Limit the time children can watch television, play video games or listen to music. Sticking to these rules allows time for the children to think on their own and to use their creativity.

3. Share the chores. Nobody likes doing chores, but it really does do your child a lot of good. Keep a chart so you can monitor what is being done. Awarding a gold star when a job is completed can make children with ADHD very happy! Make sure you show them how the tasks should be completed.

4. You need to prioritize. Make sure all of the important things get done. If your child doesn't do something unimportant then don't get too worked up about it

5. Teach time management skills. ADHD children can benefit tremendously from learning the art of prioritization and time management. Often the child does not yet understand how to make these types of decisions. For older children utilize a planner or electronic organizers.

6. Break large tasks into smaller pieces. ADHD children may struggle to stay focused on one large specific task. By breaking it down into smaller ones, you can make the task less frustrating for you and your child.

7. Be patient. Parents need lots of patience to raise ADHD children. Don't get too upset if certain tasks don't get done. Give more time for completing and following up tasks. You must allow some extra time for mistakes, if your child does anything well then make sure you reward them.

8. Make sure you improve your communication with your child. You should spend time with them. Allow yourself plenty of time to talk with your child and get to know them. Try to encourage them to communicate as this will serve them well in later life.

9. Be a good role model to your child. This is one of the biggest factors that will determine the outcome of your child as an adult. Although it may not seem like it, your child watches you and strives to be like you.
About the Author
Parents play a significant role in providing the necessary support for their ADHD children. Although medications are commonly used to manage symptoms of adhd, they come with side effects. If you are looking for alternative ADHD treatments, check out the Natural Treatments for ADHD website.
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