What Parents of Kids with ADHD Need to Remember
For parents of kids with ADHD, every day can seem to be a struggle. If your kid has been diagnosed with ADHD, here are few things for you to remember:
Your kid’s condition is not a reflection of your parenting skills.
One of the myths that unfortunately persist about ADHD is that it is a reflection of how you raised your kid, or it could be caused by vaccines that you had while pregnant, or any number of other unhelpful theories. The specific causes of ADHD are still unknown. We have limited knowledge about its root cause, although we do know that kids with ADHD have chemical changes occurring in their brains – thus the difference in behaviour, as compared with children who do not have ADHD. If you’re a parent of a child who was recently diagnosed with ADHD, it’s time to stop blaming yourself.
The more you know about ADHD, the better you can manage it.
Does your child have the inattentive type, the hyperactive-impulsive type, or a combination of the two? Are there other conditions alongside ADHD that you can be prepared to deal with as a parent? What about anxiety disorders, mood disorders or learning disabilities? In doing some research, you may better understand exactly what is happening for your child, and this information will help you cope with your circumstances.
Take care of your child, but take care of yourself as well.
Since kids with ADHD are, of course, very energetic, you need to have a lot of energy as a parent to keep up with them. Do take care of your child, but make sure that you are not disregarding your health at all. Your own self care is essential to maintain wellbeing and balance.
It’s important to savour every moment that you have with your child.
Many parents become so focused with their child’s behavioural condition that they forget to enjoy their life together. Be sure to notice and bask in those lovely times you have together.
We can help you and your child manage issues that often face people with ADHD. These may include social and behavioural issues, and helping with settling in and concentrating at school. People with ADHD often require assistance with executive functioning skills. This set of skills include organisation, planning and finishing tasks, and directing and sustaining focus. By developing these talents, kids with ADHD can better manage school engagement, as well as to stay organised at home, and in activities such as sport.