Are you a parent of a child who has ADHD?
Maybe you are in doubt that your parenting has anything to do with your child suffering from ADHD in the first place. Well, in either case, you are in the right place, as this post will give you an insight into what ADHD is, its causes, and what you can do as a parent.
First of all, find solace in the fact that bad parenting cannot cause Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. It is a brain disorder, and science has yet to discover the actual reasons that cause it.
Bad parenting style, lack of affection and discipline, or any other severe behavioral display by the parents does not cause ADD or ADHD. However, all of the aforementioned and more may contribute to the severity of your child's issue.
If you are a parent of a child suffering from ADHD, they need a particular lifestyle, and you must work with them to find the right way to suit them.
Trying to force your wishes and ways upon a child with ADHD may worsen the condition. You must understand that children with ADHD are biologically, chemically, and neurologically different than others.
As a parent, you may first not realize that your child has ADHD. Most parents make the classic mistake of ignoring the signs thinking them to be just misbehavior. That said, other parents might feel embarrassed to admit that their child has ADHD.
However, there is nothing to be embarrassed about; there is nothing you or your child did wrong. They are just wired differently, and certain skills do not come naturally to them, that is all. If you learn about your child suffering from ADHD, you can help by working with them to improve and do well in life.
As the name suggests, if your child has ADHD, he/she will display more hyperactive, impulsive, and highly distractible behavior compared to other kids. Moreover, your child may struggle to develop skills pertaining to control attention, emotions, behavior, and other activities.
Some of the typical behaviors displayed by a child with ADHD are:
ADHD is not news of doom for your child. In fact, if your child has ADHD, he/she can still be very successful in life. All it will take is a bit of careful parenting, mentoring, and understanding the mental health issue you are dealing with.
You need to create a chaos-free home environment to control the symptoms. Any hasty, mismanaged, and the violent environment will only worsen the condition. That said, too much discipline, watching excessive TV, or playing too many video games have nothing to do with causing ADHD in your children.
Remember, parenting can make a significant difference and play a vital role in treating your child's ADHD. While your parenting style may not cause ADHD, it can certainly worsen or improve the condition.
Here are ways you can help a child with ADHD.
Remember, it is your duty as a parent to protect your child with ADHD. Avoid any person, place, or event that may expose your child to criticism. However, you can always share your concerns and frustrations with the right people, such as a supportive family member, friend, or your child's therapist. This will help you more open to constructive criticism.
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ADHD can be a hereditary mental health issue. Sometimes, parents may suffer from the condition without even knowing it. However, knowing about the problem, getting diagnosed, and getting help with ADHA via therapy or other means can help parents personally. Moreover, it will enable them to raise the child with ADHD in a more appropriate manner.
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