It’s a new year and for many of us it’s a time when we reflect on what we did or didn’t do in 2015 and what we hope to do better or accomplish in 2016. For an ADHD child, they aren’t thinking too deeply about either the past or the future because they excel at living in the present moment. They simply just focus on what’s on their mind at that given time, nothing less and nothing more.
An ADHD child has an amazing capability to focus but many times through the day it’s on the wrong thing at the wrong time. Does it seem like your child avoids daily tasks like brushing their teeth, completing their homework assignments or picking up after themselves? Or, you find that you have to yell or ground your child before they will do a single task? You are not alone if this struggle is a daily occurrence in your home. It’s a very real and frustrating problem that will bring most parents to their their knees either screaming or crying at some point in time.
First, take a deep breath, and then fall in love with the fact that your child is literally blind to time. Their brain doesn’t understand time management. They are going to need you to teach them for years to come external systems so they can grow up and independently manage their own time. Those external systems are going to include people like yourself, their family, their teachers and tools like calendars, clocks, and to- do lists.
When you start to teach these skills, without yelling or shaming, you will see your child struggle less and blossom more both at home and at school.
Join me for my next video over at ADHDKidsCanThrive.com and I’ll share with you my all time favorite tool for helping my own child get through the day.
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ADHD Parent, Advocate, and Founder of ADHDKidsCanThrive.com