Having ADHD as a child isn’t fun. Having to sit through an entire day of school and then coming home to sit through another few hours of homework is difficult for any child but even more so for a child with ADHD.
Children with ADHD need consistent breaks in order to make it through the day and don’t always know how to manage their brains and emotions, and since it isn’t always possible for them to switch focus during the day or verbalize certain questions and emotions, it can lead to frustrated children, parents, and teachers.
Many moms have more than one child with ADHD, which means life can be a little manic if there’s no structure or tools that can be used to cope and create calm. Luckily, ADHD is more readily recognized today so it is a little easier for parents to learn how to make their child’s life and their household more peaceful.
If you’re looking to help your child be calmer and more focused while creating a more serene environment at home, here are 5 ADHD strategies that you can start using:
1. Embrace movement. ADHD children need to move and the sooner you can embrace the fact that your home will always be a little busier than most, the happier your home will be.
2. Give them a break. Your child needs regular breaks in order for them to cope with everything that’s going on in their heads so why not reward them with a 10 – 15 minute break every time they complete a page of homework or a specific task. You could even turn a task such as getting dressed for school into a game to make it more fun.
3. Add exercise to your lives. Exercise is so important for your child so find ways to incorporate some form of exercise into their week. Whether it’s playing a game of tag in the yard or walking the dog in the park, get them moving to help them expend some energy. Exercise is especially helpful just before you want them to start winding down for the night.
4. Clear their thoughts. Children with ADHD will often think of a question or topic and not be able to get it out of their heads until they give it attention, which often distracts them from what they’re meant to be doing. When this happens, get your child to write the topic or thought down in a notebook so that they can come back to it at a later stage.
5. Create a bedtime routine. A bedtime routine can make a huge difference to the evenings in your home. Create a routine that will allow your child to calm their minds and help them to sleep. Get them to take a warm bath, read them a story or give them a cup of camomile tea before bed. It also helps to turn off all screens at least 30 minutes before bedtime and to make their bedrooms as calm and comfortable as possible.
While these strategies will certainly help make life easier for both you and your child, keep in mind that there will still be bad days and that’s ok. Approach those days with love and grace and you’ll be fine.
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