Every child is different in their own way. Some kids need more attention and support than others. This is especially true for children with ADHD. If your child has been diagnosed with the disorder, here are a couple of ways you can help them adjust to their surroundings:
· Accept That Your Child Is Imperfect Just Like Others
It’s tough for parents to accept that there’s something quite not right with their children. The problem arises when parents of children with ADHD hold feelings of anger or resentment toward them. It may not look like it, but children can sense a parent’s bitterness toward them.
When a parent has negative feelings toward their child, it has a direct impact on their self-esteem; it causes them to doubt themselves and their ability to excel in life.
A child relies on their parent’s support to feel accepted. Without proper support it becomes difficult for them to build confidence.
· Believe Your Child’s Diagnosis
Many parents continue to ignore their children’s ADHD diagnosis because they simply don’t believe it. ADHD is often misunderstood by parents who feel that their child is choosing to be difficult. The truth is that children with ADHD can’t control their behavior. They need to use medication and other treatments to alleviate the symptoms of their disorder and function normally.
· Don’t Overestimate the Power of Medication
Mental health disorders don’t work like illnesses that affect the body physically. Taking pills isn’t going to be make ADHD disappear instantly. It will, however, alleviate the symptoms and make them more manageable. With regular use of medication, ADHD can disappear for some individuals but not all.
Talking about ADHD medication like it’s the answer to their bad behavior prevents the child from putting in effort to fixing themselves. If you’re angry at your child for repeating the same mistakes over and over again, refrain from asking them if they’ve forgotten to take their medication and never threaten to increase the dosage.
· Understand the Difference between Punishment and Discipline
The lines between punishment and discipline are murky; some parents punish their child without realizing it does them more harm good. Yelling, giving time-outs, lecturing and threatening them only confuse them, it doesn’t help them see the error of their ways.
The best way to discipline your child is to give positive feedback. When you’re hoping to change their bad behavior, calmly tell them how they are affecting those around them; show them why they’re wrong instead of scolding them constantly. Let them know they’re capable of doing better.
If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, speak to your physician about medication as well as alternative methods of treatments that may help.
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