Raising a child with attention deficit hyperactive disorder( ADHD) is a major challenge for a single parent. According to the Center for Disease and Control, 4.5 million children have been diagnosed with ADHD. These children’s behaviors are characterized by a short attention span, difficulty sustaining attention on a consistent basis, susceptibility to distraction by extraneous stimuli and internal thoughts, losing things necessary for tasks, and repeated failure to follow through on instructions. Moreover, two or three times more boys than girls are affected by it. And, there is an average of one child with ADHD in every classroom.
Experts, however, remain unsure of what causes it. Some of the views include: alcohol and drug use by biological parents; chaotic, dangerous households; and family genes.
Exposure to common pesticides is a cause that new research has been revealing. The particular pesticide, an organic-phosphate, is a man-made toxin originally developed for chemical warfare and now used extensively in agriculture. Scientists believe that children exposed to this compound while still in the womb have a higher chance of developing attention problems by age 5.
While it remains a possibility that roughly one million children may be misdiagnosed, it is important for you to be observant of how your child behaves as they progress through their birthdays. For example, if your child is misbehaving or is inattentive, it may be that he is 5 and the other children are 6.
As a single parent who wants your child to realize his highest potential and to become reasonably self-sufficient, here are seven strategies to consider:
- Learn about ADHD and its causes. The more you know, the more you can help yourself and your child.
- Praise your child when he or she does well. Build upon your child’s abilities, strengths, and talents.
- Talk with your child’s doctor about the types of medication that would help your child as well as the potential side effects of the medication.
- Be clear, be consistent, and be positive. Provide structure in the home. Set clear rules with your child. Tell your child what he should do, not what he shouldn’t do.
- Pay attention to your child’s mental health and your own. Be open to counseling. It can help you deal with the challenges of raising a child with ADHD.
- Meet with the school and develop an educational plan to address your child’s needs. Both you and your child’s teachers should get a copy of this plan.
- Keep in touch with your child’s teachers. Tell the teachers how your child is doing at home. Ask how your child is doing in school. Offer support.
Raising A Child That Has ADHD Might Not Be Easy, But It Can Also Be A Lot Of Fun
Raising a child that has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is certainly one of the biggest challenges a parent can face. Children with this disorder can wear a parent out in an incredibly short space of time. Their inattentiveness which is often accompanied by hyperactivity and impulsivity has frequently proved to be too much for parents. In a nutshell, looking after them is a never ending job, and there never seems to be any break.
From the time they wake up, until the time you eventually persuade them that is it’s time to go to bed, it is nonstop running around. Now, before I continue, I need to point out that I am not a doctor. I am also not a councilor or anything like that. I am however a parent, and yes, I am only too well aware of the challenges facing those who have a child with ADHD.
In fact, it is because of my own child that I became so interested in this disorder. So, if you are a parent raising a child that has ADHD, I know exactly what you are going through. I know firsthand just how taxing it can be, but I also know that it is possible to turn things around.
When we first discovered our eldest child has ADHD, I vowed to find out everything I could about the condition, and I am so glad I did. To begin with, I learned of the dangers concerning the most commonly prescribed ADHD drugs.
At first I was skeptical, but when I realized just how many parents have lived to regret allowing their kids to be given these meds, I soon changed my mind. At that point, I started researching natural alternatives. I simply was not willing to risk my child’s life.
After several months, we had made our decision regarding a well known homeopathic remedy. I also increased my child’s level of physical activity. We started cycling together, and believe me; we cover many miles each time we go out. These outings are always fun, and our child looks forward to them with a great amount of zest.
We started encouraging group activities, such as baking cookies, and even preparing various meals together, with our child being actively involved. Knowing that an ADHD child can’t stay focused for very long, we never dwell on one task for too long.
For example, we will get the cookie dough mixed and ready, and then set it aside so that we can do some housework. After a short while, the housework stops, and we do a bit in the garden, or we jump on our bicycles, and we go for a short ride before returning to continue with the cookie making.
Sure, I do not get much time to sit around doing nothing, but thanks to ADHD, we are all living a healthier life, and certainly a more colorful life. I can’t guarantee anything, but I can say we have seen a massive improvement, and our child has never yet had any type of ADHD prescription drug.