ADHD Parenting – 7 Steps to Successfully Raising a Child With ADHD

Raising a child with ADHD does not need to be any more difficult than raising any other child. Parents all over the US, Canada, and the world face the same unique challenges, frustrations, and struggles with their children. Even those children who do not have ADHD face their own unique struggles.The key to successfully raising a child with ADHD is simply taking a different approach. For some reason, most people will have you believe that you should change your child and make them like everyone else.But that’s a clear way to continued frustration for you, your family, and your child with ADHD. Instead, you want to work with your child’s individual talents and skills to help them succeed. The following 7 steps will give you a guide on how to best support your child:Step 1: Make A Commitment To EducationParenting a child with ADHD is different. There’s no argument there. The best thing you can do is learn as much about ADHD as you possibly can. But not just from anyone. You need to carefully choose who you listen to and take advice from.The quality and accuracy of the information you have access will help determine the level of success you and your child can expect.Step 2: Be PreparedYou’ve got to think like the Boy Scouts motto: “Always be prepared.” No matter what your child struggles with or excels at, he or she will face challenges. Expect it to happen, and be prepared by knowing how to respond to the situation and not react to it.Step 3: Be ProactiveThe difference to responding to a situation versus reacting to a situation is in how proactive and prepared you are. When you know challenges are ahead, being proactive means you are in front of the situation and not chasing it after it happens.Step 4: Surround Yourself With Like-Minded PeopleIf you surround yourself with people who believe ADHD is a deficit, then you will take on that persona. On the other hand, if you surround yourself with positive people who will support you, and help you, then you will develop a more positive outlook towards what your child is capable of doing.Step 5: Block Out The BadWhen you choose to surround yourself with the right people…supportive people…you also need to tune out the negative people in your life. Most people don’t understand ADHD, and the majority of people don’t understand children with ADHD. It’s your job to select who you surround yourself with, and part of being successful is building a team without people who bring you or your child down.Step 6: Get InvolvedBeing proactive is part of this, but you also want your child involved in the community and other activities where they accepted and embraced for who they are. Your child needs to experience little victories and success in as many ways as possible. Being involved in activities will increase the chance of this happening. But not just any activity will do.Step 7: Get Others InvolvedThis is a little bit of peer education and a little bit of building the right supports for you, your family, and your child with ADHD. As the parent of a child with ADHD, you have to let others know about your child’s individual challenges. But even more so, you need to let them know about his or her unique strengths and talents. You cannot and should not rely on what other people know, or think they know, about ADHD.Parenting a child with ADHD can be a challenge. But you do have a choice on how you see your child, how you encourage him, and how others see your child.

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