5 Useful Tips For Parents Of Children With ADHD

More and more children are being diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). According to modern clinical definitions, what was once called ADD is now a sub-category of ADHD.


It's always a good idea to get a diagnosis from a psychologist, psychiatrist or other qualified professional. However, keep in mind that these classifications change over time, and the same child could be diagnosed slightly differently by different experts. Fortunately, the tips in this article are general enough to apply to all types of ADHD.


Avoid The Blame Game

Avoid The Blame Game

If you're the parent of a child with ADHD, you already know how challenging it can be. You need an extra dose of patience, as getting angry at the child doesn't help at all. The first thing to keep in mind is that your child isn't being deliberately difficult or "bad."

He or she is behaving in a way that's largely dictated by brain chemistry.Society -which mostly means school for kids- is not set up for kids with ADHD, although there are now more resources to accommodate their needs than ever before. Sitting all day listening to teachers for six hours or so can be hard even for "normal" kids.

But for kids with ADHD, it's pure torture. The same is true for other situations that force them to sit or concentrate for long periods of time -long drives, church, homework, even sitting at the dinner table or at a restaurant if the meal drags out.

It's inevitable that you will feel frustrated sometimes, but try to remember that your child is not trying to make your life difficult on purpose.


Get As Much Help As Possible

Get As Much Help As Possible

Don't try to do everything yourself. Enlist the help of family, support groups, teachers, your child's doctor and anyone else in your circle. There is plenty of information about ADHD right now. While some of this can be found simply by surfing the internet, it's also helpful to interact with people on a one-on-one manner.

Support groups, even online ones, can be incredibly helpful. You can often find answers to questions or solutions you would not have thought of. This doesn't have to be some groundbreaking medical discovery. It just may be a tip from another parent who has faced exactly the same situation you're currently in.

Talking to other parents and experts also gives you moral support and reminds you that you're not alone.


Watch Your Kid's Diet

Watch Your Kid's Diet

There are differing opinions about the role of diet when it comes to ADHD. However, many parents have found that there is a connection and that their kid's behavior calms down when they are fed the right foods.

This only makes sense, when you consider that there is a definite relationship between blood sugar, metabolism and moods. So if kids eat a diet of junk foods, lots of sweets, soda and so forth, they are going to be more prone to mood swings and hyperactivity. Some research also suggests that wheat, eggs, artificial colors and many processed foods can set off symptoms in kids with ADHD.

While it's a good idea to feed all kids (as well as adults) a natural and healthy diet, it's even more important when kids have ADHD. You may also find that your child is sensitive to certain foods, so you should pay attention to how he or she behaves after eating or drinking certain items.


Make Sure Your Kid Gets Outdoor Playtime

Make Sure Your Kid Gets Outdoor Playtime

Recent research suggests that spending more time outdoors can help kids with with ADHD and ADD calm down and become less distracted. Some experts even believe that the modern age of television, computers and other electronic devices is partly responsible for the current epidemic of ADHD.

The causes of ADHD are beyond the scope of this article, but there is evidence that kids can be helped by spending more time outdoors. Until fairly recently, this was never an issue. Whether kids lived in the city or country, outdoor play was something that was taken for granted. No longer.

Aside from the many indoor diversions, many parents today are overprotective and are worried that something will happen to their kids if they step out of the house.While you should naturally exercise sensible precautions, you should encourage your kids to get outside.

While organized outdoor activities such as Little League, soccer and other sports can help kids get needed exercise, there are also benefits to giving kids some free playtime. This helps them use their imaginations and learn how to amuse themselves.


Use A Variety Of Approaches

Use A Variety Of Approaches

There is no "cure" for ADHD, at least not presently. Therefore, it's best to use as many tools, resources and information as possible when helping your child and family cope with it.

If you study the information on ADHD, you'll find some children are treated with medication. Others get various types of therapy. There are also all natural and holistic approaches. As long as something is safe, there's no reason not to at least try it. Every new tidbit can help make life a little bit easier for you and your child.

Don't get hung up on finding the one solution that will make everything better. Dealing with ADHD is an ongoing process that requires much adaptability and experimentation. So use whatever you can!

You should also work with your child's teachers, doctor and any other professionals that you work with. While experts can often be very helpful, you should also not hesitate to question them or get a second opinion if something doesn't sound right to you.


We've covered a few useful tips to help you deal with your child's ADHD. Keep in mind that every child is different, so you can't always go by generalizations. That's why you should keep an open mind, and be willing to try different approaches.

You should also keep up with the latest research, as more is being discovered about ADHD all the time!

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