Parenting a Child with ADHD

ADHD in kids and their treatment- Parenting resources by ZenParent

The most unforgettable and amazing moment for all parents is when they hold their baby for the first time. And among the various joys that float around, are also the instant expectations that usually are a part of the package deal. Most moms and dads have seen their own parents scrutinize their babies from the facial features to finger lengths and agility and heard instant verdicts on height, weight and even the future profession of the baby! It is understandable and very natural for new parents also to start weaving the net of expectations from the start. But the problem starts when the child decides to grow into and turn out to be someone very different than what the parents had in mind.. What if the child has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) …What to do then?

Well, it is not the end of the world as most parents would be tempted to think. From my very own experience, there is a way out. Your child is still as special as you always felt and parenting will still be as joyous as you always expected. Here’s what you have to keep in mind:

A. It is Not Your Fault- The first thing all parents need to believe and trust is that they are not bad mothers or fathers because their child has a behavioral issue, is over active & aggressive and has a problem concentrating on his school work. These are classic symptoms of ADHD and can be taken care of. Research still is at a non-conclusive end as to whether this problem in children is genetic or not and it is one of the most common brain related childhood disorders that continues through adolescence and is curable.

ADHD among kids- Parenting Resources by ZenParent

B. Reach Out to a Professional- It is so common to rush to a doctor for a fever or any other physical ailment .So why not treat this mind related problem in the same way and have the right attitude towards dealing with it? Handling ADHD requires proper guidance and treatment from a psychologist and a special educator without whom confusion & panic may take over instead of a solution. Sometimes a change of school may be on the cards but that is for the better and no reason to worry.

C. Comparison is Not a Good Idea- It is alright if your neighbour‘s or relative’s son or daughter scored more marks or won a medal in some sport or talent contest.Each child is unique in his or her own way and what talent your child embodies, other children may not. Children with ADHD usually excel in creative fields, outdoor activities, math and computer skills so it is better to concentrate on their strengths than their weaknesses. Acceptance does NOT mean resignation but moving forward with a problem and working towards a solution and as Brian Tracy beautifully puts it ‘the greatest gift one can give to another is unconditional love and acceptance’. So all you lovely parents, there is no need to lose heart when the report reads ADHD positive. Instead go ahead and hug your kid and let him/her know that you are there no matter what.

kids with ADHD- Parenting resources by ZenParent

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