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The 5 Guiding Principles: Parenting a Child with ADHD

The 5 Guiding Principles: Parenting a Child with ADHD

No one is perfect. Not you or your child. Parenting a child with ADHD is no easy task. You will experience the many temptations- to lash out, to cry, and to ignore. While none of these are effective, it can make you feel a moment of relief. However, a moment of relief is not worth the development of more issues. Sometimes parents grow to view their child as the problem, but they are not the problem- the ADHD is. First, you must recognize this, then work towards making effective adjustments in your home. Creating a positive, structured environment for your child will help them learn how to better manage their behaviors and practice healthy habits. We have compiled a list of 5 guiding principles that you should follow to ensure you are staying on top of your game and giving your child the best support. 

Here are the 5 Principles:

Empower your child.

The right medications can make a world of difference in the behavior of children with ADHD. However, medication should not be the stand-alone measure taken to address the issue. When your child is acting out, avoid making statements like, “did you forget to take your medication?” This can send the wrong message to your child. It can make them feel like their behavior can only be managed by outside factors. Our goal as parents is to constantly teach the importance and effectiveness of self-control.

Keep consequences consistent.

“I’ve yelled, lectured, threatened, given time-outs, taken away toys, canceled outings, bribed, begged, and even spanked — and nothing works!” This is a common statement made by parents of children struggling with ADHD. Any child would probably become confused by the variety of parenting tricks. You should clearly define consequences and disciplinary methods.

Shine a light on the positive behavior.

If your child constantly feels in the wrong or like they can do nothing right, this can create a negative environment for them. You should praise them for their good behaviors. This can motivate and inspire them to practice the behavior more regularly.

Create an escape plan for potentially explosive situations.

No one knows your child better than you. It is a BAD idea to hold your breath and hope for the best when there is potential for your child to have an outburst. Equip yourself with an effective and well thought out plan to avoid chaos or pour water on the fire.

Seek help from others.

Parenting really does take a village. Don’t do it alone. Lean on your support system and/or health care provider to provide you with help and advice when you feel like you have reached wit’s end. By taking care of yourself, you are ensuring that you are able to give your child the best support possible as well.

Equinox RTC Can Help

Equinox is a residential treatment center for teen boys ages 14-18 who struggle with attention-based issues or other mental health issues. At Equinox, the treatment model is based on relationships and principles as well. Students will experience both positive and negative outcomes as a way to effectively equip them to handle reality. Students are given the opportunity to improve their self-awareness, develop independence, and manage emotions. Equinox influences a positive change in the lives of young men.

Contact us at 877-279-8925.