Raising Kids With ADHD

ADHD is one of the most over diagnosed conditions in children. My 8-year-old son was diagnosed with ADHD in first grade. I have done a crazy amount of research and read countless books on how to manage his ADHD.

Medications

Personally, I hate medications for children. They have a ridiculous amount of side effects. The whole purpose of ADHD medications is to change the brain chemistry, which can have serious side effects in children. My son does not take medications. There are many other ways to manage ADHD besides using medications.

Managing ADHD

Keeping children with ADHD on a strict schedule is very helpful. Children with ADHD need structure to help them cope with their condition. Enroll your child in sports to help them channel some of their energy.  Also make sure to give them clear precise instructions. Another thing that I have that has helped my son is essential oils.

For Working Moms

So…. trying to raise and manage a child with ADHD with a crazy schedule of your own can be a little like a circus. It can be even more stressful working and managing your child’s ADHD.  The best advice I can give you is planning. I make countless schedules, lists, and written out instructions for the sitter.  Time management is your best friend to be able to make sure you are giving your child the best chance at success.

One of my biggest annoyances as a mother of a child with ADHD is that people automatically label him. I also that hate that teachers try to pressure me to put him on medications. They are teachers not doctors and should not be telling me to put my child on medication. That being said, I work very closely with my son’s teachers to make sure that he is successful. Managing a child with ADHD is a lot of work whether they are on medication or not. It can be overwhelming a lot of the time, but hang in there. Do not let anyone else tell you what is best for your children you know them better than anyone.

Sources

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/saving-normal/201605/adhd-is-overdiagnosed-heres-proof

http://www.russellbarkley.org/

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