Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common psychological problems in children. It affects between 2 and 5% of the child population, although only between 3 and 7% of them will need medication. However, more than 80% of children will continue to present symptoms during adolescence, and between 30 and 65% will carry them throughout their lives. For this reason, it is important to explain to the child that he has ADHD from the moment it is diagnosed.

Use Words Appropriate To Their Dvelopmental Level

It is important that you treat ADHD naturally. The child must know that this is not a condition to be ashamed of or to be hidden. Explain what is happening to him in words appropriate to his age that he can understand. A 7-year-old does not need the same amount of information and details as a 12-year-old.

If he asks you questions and you don’t know the answer, tell him that you will inform yourself or that you will ask the psychologist together . Keep in mind that knowledge is power. By being aware of what is causing inattention, trouble concentrating, and difficulty staying still, you can use more effective strategies to deal with these symptoms.

Run Away From Labels, Focus On The Positive

When ADHD is diagnosed, many parents worry that their child will be labeled, but it really is much worse for the child to feel that they are “stupid” or “lazy.” Due to attention problems and hyperactivity, it is common for children with ADHD to have school difficulties, which is why some teachers may think that it is a question of demotivation, laziness or an intellectual difficulty.

Understanding that it is ADHD will allow them to provide the child with a more appropriate and personalized education, so that he can advance at the same pace as his classmates.

Additionally, children with ADHD often struggle to understand what is happening to them, they want to know why they are different from their peers, why they cannot sit still in their seat, and they have a hard time following long explanations.

However, it is important that parents do not use ADHD as another label. The child should know that we are all different and that ADHD does not have to become a limitation, it can only represent a challenge in certain areas of his life.

Beyond the problems associated with this disorder, it will help to know that ADHD has also been associated with increased enthusiasm, passion, and energy, as well as greater resourcefulness. In fact, there are many famous and successful people who have suffered from ADHD. Knowing your history will help you better cope with the diagnosis.

Validate Your Emotions

There is a fundamental message that all children with ADHD should receive from their parents: “We love you.” The child should know that he has unconditional love, which means that parents should not make affection and attention dependent on his school grades or good or bad behavior.

Receiving a diagnosis of ADHD can be liberating as the little one finally understands what is happening to him, but it can also generate fear, doubt and uncertainty. That is why parents must validate the child’s feelings. They should never be downplayed or minimized as in this way the child will feel inadequate and will lose trust in his parents to tell them how he feels.

Many parents worry about taking their little newborn out for the first time. Many traditional beliefs say that moms shouldn’t step out of the house along with their baby for many months. We know that taking your baby out of the comfort zone for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience but trust me, it doesn’t have to be. There is no such religious belief that says you cannot take your baby along with you.

Don’t ever put your travel plans on the back burner until and unless doctors ask you to do so. For nine months, the baby stays in the mother’s womb, and when a baby is born, it is very necessary to provide him/her the exposure to fresh air and the natural environment. While you take your baby along, you should be alert and responsible for the surroundings in which you carry your kid. Additionally, you can always read up online on sites like Baby Journey for parenting tips.

 

Tips to take care of your newborn

Here are a few things you need to remember when you carry your tiny one to show the world. 

  1. When you take your baby out, suppose in a market, don’t go for long hours. As the place remains crowded all the time, there are high chances of exposure to germs and dust.

  2. Everyone feels like pampering or touching the kids’ cheeks, and when they see a sweet baby, you can’t deny them. Make sure anyone who wants to touch or play with your baby is clean and tidy. And also, see to it that the other person is not sick.  Diseases among children spread very fast, which can cause a baby to become sick.

  3. If you are spending more time outside your house with your baby, make sure that you carry two-three dresses along with you so that you can change them whenever they get dirty. And also, keep diapers or baby pants that you can change whenever needed. By doing these things, you can have a lovely and happy day out with your little kid.

  4. When it’s wintertime, make sure that you cover your baby properly. Dress them up with warm sweaters, cozy pants, gloves should be worn, the head should be covered properly with a warm cap, and the feet should be covered with warm socks. Also, carry a blanket along with you, which you might need if the weather gets too cold. You can dress your baby in light clothes when it’s summer season. It would be best to carry light clothes, shorts, and other apparel and you even in summers. Protect your baby from the sun’s heat with shade or sunscreen. You can invest in a baby camera monitor to check on your baby.

 

When you plan to go out with your kid for the first time, keep all the necessary items with you. You need to keep 2-3 feeders, milk powder, sterilizer, baby bib, and other necessary items that you think you will require when you are not at home in your baby’s bag. This will ensure that you are completely ready to go out with your young one.

 

Children learn a lot by imitation, especially from their closest role models: their parents. Therefore, if you want your child to be patient, you must be patient with him.

 

Start With Small Doses

 

If your child is still young, it is difficult for him to be silent for an entire hour while you are talking to someone. Patience is dosed, so initially you may want to start by asking him to be patient for five minutes. As he grows and develops self-control, you can demand more patience from him.

 

Use Reflective Listening

 

For a child, it is difficult to stay in line for long when they would rather be playing. Helping him verbalize what he is feeling will allow him to better cope with waiting. Therefore, listen to him with empathy and validate his feelings. Sometimes children just need their parents to pay attention and listen to them to shake off frustration and regain their cool.

 

Use Timers

 

Young children have no sense of time, so a minute or an hour is not too different for them. One strategy to help them be patient and delay rewards is to use timers. Hourglasses are ideal as they can also have a relaxing effect.But make sure you keep your promise when the time period runs out.

 

Teach Him Coping Skills

 

As the child grows, he must learn to deal with waiting with his own strategies. Explain that in many cases to achieve something you want, you need to wait and be patient. However, while you wait, you can do something you like, like draw or read a story.

 

Get Him Involved In Games And Activities That Require Patience.

 

One of the main disadvantages of electronic toys is that they accustom children to instant gratification. In fact, if your child has a hard time waiting for his turn to swing on the swing, for example, instead of avoiding the park you should visit more often to reinforce the need to be courteous and patient.

 

Boost Self-Control

 

For a child, having patience basically comes down to learning that they have to control their emotions and actions, especially when they feel anxious, frustrated or tired. Therefore, teaching patience also implies promoting self-control. Before giving in to a request from your child, it is important that you ask him to regain some self-control. Giving in to tantrums, yelling or crying will not help you develop self-control and being more patient, on the contrary, it will reinforce the idea that if you act impatiently you can get what you want quickly.

 

Apply Intentional Delays

 

Parents sometimes have to delay some things on purpose, for no other reason than to teach their child to be patient and to strive for what they want. For example, if your child wants a puppy or a toy, it is not necessary to satisfy him immediately, he can wait for his birthday or Christmas.