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5 Helpful Tips for Parents Who Have Children Diagnosed with ADHD

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Everyday life with a child who is suffering from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hypertension Disorder) can sometimes prove to be frustrating, overwhelming and highly stressful. The key to helping yourself deal with these feelings is to first and foremost, help your child. Every day for your child is a challenge, so teaming up with them and helping them with the trials and tribulations of life in a positive manner will in turn, help yourself as well.

Remember this is something your child cannot help. The reason why your child behaves in this manner is because he/she has a disorder. They are not intentionally trying to hurt or irritate anyone, so be sure to keep this in mind. Sometimes the best medicine is laughter, so try to not take everything they do so seriously.

Reward and compliment them for good behavior. Although your child may exhibit poor behavior from time to time, there is also going to be moments that they are good, and make sure you tell them you are aware of this. It can be as easy as smiling and telling them they are doing a good job. Write down their accomplishment for the day, and trust that they can learn, grow and mature from these experiences.

Make your health a priority. Make daily positive affirmations, eat healthy and exercise. In order for your child to be healthy, you must first make yourself healthy. Together you can overcome the everyday challenges in life.

Have “me” time. Even if it is a couple a times a week for short periods of time, have a friend, family member or babysitter come over and help with your child so that you can step out and put things into perspective. Some activities during your time to yourself could include: attending a yoga class, going to see a movie or having a chat with a friend.

Have a support system. Remember that you are not alone and you can trust close friends, family and your pediatrician to help with anything that you need. This can come in handy especially when you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed in the situation. You can also look into a support group for parents who also have children with ADHD. Talking to these parents will make you feel better because they understand what you are going through.

Resources:
http://www.helpguide.org/mental/adhd_add_parenting_strategies.htm
http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/learning/adhd.html

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