5 Tips For Raising Kids With ADHD

A father helping his son with his homework in his room.(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.

Yes, ADHD makes many tasks harder, but children should learn to take responsibility. Don’t let them make ADHD an excuse for something. For example, many young children quickly learn to say things, such as, “I don’t need to do my homework because I have an attention deficit disorder,” but you have to let them know that that’s not going to cut it.

4. Enforce rules and consequences calmly.

For a child with ADHD, it helps to have verbal and written expectations. For example, parents could post a chart that lists the child’s responsibilities and the house rules.

Rewards are fine, but make them immediate, such as TV time or gold stars that can be redeemed for prizes. Since children with ADHD have trouble with planning for the future, it may not work to offer a new bike for a year’s worth of good grades.

Parents must be clear about consequences and enforce them right away, calmly and clearly. While parents may often feel frustrated, avoid punishing in the heat of disappointment or anger.

5. Help your child discover their strengths.

Children with ADHD are often compared unfavorably to others. Hence, some develop low self-esteem and depression.
Problems with self-esteem occur as early as age 8. Many teens with ADHD, especially if undiagnosed, develop a learned helplessness. “They say, ‘Nothing ever goes right for me. Why should I even bother to try?’ There’s a lot of demoralization and depression that goes along with it. But if you help them to focus on what they’re good at, you can help them through these feelings.

Lower Your Cholesterol…One Meal At A Time

Guacamale on tomatoesIt’s not always about what you eat; sometimes it’s about what you don’t eat. In order to lower high cholesterol, it’s important to reduce your intake of bad fats, curb your use of salt and intake of high-sodium foods, and restrict or stop drinking sugar-sweetened beverages.

Once you make these changes in your diet, focus on the following five types of cholesterol-lowering foods to help reduce your risk of heart disease:

1. Eat Fruits and Vegetables

Packed with vitamins, minerals, the healthy plant chemicals called phytochemicals, and antioxidants, vegetables help fight low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol that can lead to the buildup of plaque in your arteries, a major risk factor for heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Eat a variety of vegetables every week to get the full array of health benefits they have to offer. Fruits are excellent sources of healthy phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber, too.

2. Choose Healthy Fats

Not all fats are bad. You need the good ones, which include olive, canola, flax, walnut, peanut and sesame oils. These oils help fight internal inflammation, improve cholesterol levels, boost the immune system, and keep your brain and central nervous system healthy.

The American Heart Association suggests keeping your fat intake to between 25% and 35% of your total calories each day; in particular, keep saturated fats to less than 7%. Further, consumption of trans fats should be limited to less than 1% of your calories every day.

3. Eat Plenty of Fiber

Eat foods high in fiber, such as barley, oatmeal and apples, which contain soluble fiber that helps bind cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract and carry it out of the body. Make these foods a regular part of your diet.

While oatmeal and apples are familiar foods, not everybody is used to eating barley. Try substituting barley pilaf for rice. Barley adds a chewy, nutty-tasting side dish to meals and can help reduce your cholesterol.

4. Go Nuts for Nuts

Eaten in moderation, certain nuts, such as walnuts, almonds and peanuts, can help to lower bad cholesterol. Nuts contain healthy fats and antioxidants that can keep your cardiovascular system healthy.

Each week, you should include three to five servings of nuts. One serving of nuts is usually about one-third of a cup. But be sure to keep strict tabs on how much you eat, because nuts are also high in calories. Also, choose unsalted nuts when possible.

5. Beans

All variety of beans, such as kidney, chickpeas (garbanzos), lentils, split peas, black-eyed peas, and white beans, are high in antioxidants and fiber, can help improve your cholesterol profile and are good for heart health.

The Facts About Meat and Cholesterol

Animal fat is a big culprit of elevated cholesterol levels, but not all meat is bad for you. Here are some tips to keep in mind when cooking and eating meats:

• Choose lean cuts of meat with minimal visible fat, and broil rather than fry the meat.
• When it comes to poultry, eat chicken or turkey rather than goose or duck, which are high in fat. Remove the skin before cooking, and if not before cooking, at least before eating.
• Limit processed meats, such as bologna, sausage and hot dogs, because they’re often high in fat and sodium.
• Organ meats of all kinds should be eaten only occasionally because they are extremely high in cholesterol.
• Eat two servings of fish a week, preferably an oily kind, such as salmon or trout.

Combined with exercise and other lifestyle changes, a healthy diet can do wonders for cholesterol levels. By incorporating these healthy-eating tips into your daily routine, you can reduce your cholesterol level and keep your weight in check.