Stopping Your Child from Having an ADHD Meltdown
Parenting is tough, it can be even tougher when you are parenting a kid who has ADHD. You may find that your child with ADHD is prone to having melt downs towards the end of the day or before bedtime. One of the best things that you can do to prevent ADHD meltdowns is to know what your child’s triggers are. That way you can head them off right away.
Here’s some additional tips you can follow to help stop your child with ADHD from having a meltdown:
• Keep Your Child Balanced: Make sure that your child gets enough sleep, eats healthy meals and has enough playtime to reduce stress.
• Pick Your Battles: As a parent, you have to be clear about your expectations. “If your big thing is to get your child to the kitchen for breakfast and out the door to school on time in the morning, be happy when they are downstairs in time,” Ari Tuckman, a clinical psychologist says. “Don’t say anything if their hair’s a mess because they haven’t combed it. It’s not that important. If you’re always on your child about something, they feel like they can never do anything right and are likely to give up — or blow up.”
• Follow a Schedule: Children with ADHD need to have structure. You child’s behavior will be less erratic if they know what they are expected to do and when they are expected to do it.
• Set Expectations: Before it is time for a change in schedule, such as turning the T.V. off and getting ready for bed time, give them a warning. Tell them when it is 10 minutes before you expect them upstairs and another when it is five minutes before they need to go up at.
• Stay Calm: When you child is having a meltdown, it may be very hard for you to stay calm, especially if they are acting out in a public place. However, it won’t help the situation if you are both worked up. Try talking quietly to your child; don’t shout.
• Encourage Deep Breaths: Deep breathing can be relaxing and help relieve the stress that caused the meltdown in the first place.
• Set Rules for Meltdowns: No matter how hard you will try to avoid them, angry outbursts are bound to happen. You and your child should talk about what you both should do when they do occur. Then when one happens, enforce what you both talked about. Your child is more likely to come out of it more quickly if they know what to expect.