One of the most difficult things about
parenting a child with
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is
getting your child to do what you ask. Daily routines, such as getting ready
for school or bed and getting homework done, can become battlegrounds.
ADHD symptoms—inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity—are obstacles
to understanding and following instructions. Unless your child learns how to
overcome or adapt to his or her symptoms, he or she may fail to develop the skills
for success in life. Fortunately, you can help.
- Your child is not intentionally ignoring,
defying, or disobeying your instructions. He or she is not dumb or lazy.
- Unexpected changes in daily routines are upsetting for a child
who has ADHD.
- Remove as many distractions as possible from your
child's surroundings when he or she is doing a task.
How can you help your child with ADHD accomplish tasks at home?