(BlackDoctor.org) — Parenting a child with ADHD (also known as ADD) can be toughand sometimes the situation can feel almost impossible. But the good news is that there are steps you can take to control the chaos and be more effective as a parent.
Here are 5 tips that parents can effectively use with their children:
1. Be honest with your child about ADHD.
Some parents hide the disorder by telling their child, for example, that their ADHD drug is a “magic vitamin.” But most kids aren’t fooled: they know that it’s medication.
ADHD isn’t a child’s fault. It’s a brain disorder that causes youngsters to have trouble with concentration, ability to complete tasks, or plan for the future. By being open, you help to lessen the stigma for them.
2. Don’t turn ADHD-related problems into a character issue.
Children with ADHD may not perform as consistently as peers who have no problems with focus and concentration. Often, kids with ADHD are very bright. They know what to do, but they simply don’t know how to get started, they don’t stick with it, and people may misinterpret that.
3. Don’t let ADHD become a convenient excuse.