With ADHD, it’s easy to get caught up in all the bad stuff.
But if you want to help your kid stay on track and learn new things, you can help them learn from a new perspective.
“The key is to allow them to look at the big picture, and you can then take that into your own parenting style,” says Lauren M. Parnes, a certified ADHD educator and author of How to Support a Kid With ADHD: A Guide for Parents, Parents, and Friends.
For instance, “you can let your kid learn from their friends,” she says.
She also suggests giving your child a good reason to read books like, “The Little Mermaid” and “The Hobbit.”
“That helps them understand that there’s a reason why the world is beautiful, and that’s because of what we love,” she adds.
But there are other ways to help a child learn, like by teaching them new skills, learning strategies, and other ways that make them feel better.
“One of the best ways to teach a kid to learn is to teach them to listen,” Parns says.
You don’t have to be the parent to make sure your kid gets a chance to do that, and there’s no need to rush them.
“You can give them time,” Pernes adds.
“They can have fun with it.
If they’re curious about the book, they can go back and read it later.
And if they want to play with the toys, they’re going to have a lot of fun with that.
They don’t need to have that experience to know they can learn from that.”
You can also use your skills to help keep your child motivated.
“If your kid is frustrated or doesn’t feel like they’re making progress,” says Parn, “then they’re not going to listen.
They’re not learning anything new, and if you let them be frustrated, that will only increase their frustration and make them think, ‘Maybe I should do something else.'”
Parn also says that if you can offer some of the following tips for kids with ADHD, they will learn better: Keep your eyes on the prize.
“I think that’s the biggest key to this, and it’s a great tip for parents, too,” Pens says.
“Teaching your child to look for the prize is one of the key things to do with them.
You can show them what they need to know, but it’s also about giving them the information to know it, too.”
She says parents can also ask your child what you’re going for when you’re talking about the reward.
“Just show them the prize and tell them to find it.”
You need to listen to your child.
Perns recommends that you have your child sit down with you and talk through the ideas in the book.
“Ask your child, ‘What would you do if you were in that situation?’
You can ask your kid, ‘Why did you say that?’ and they can answer honestly and honestly,” she explains.
Pens also suggests asking your child if they know the right answer.
“It’s really important to listen, and to hear their responses, to not just read between the lines, but to listen and to understand the answer,” she stresses.
“So you don’t just say, ‘You don’t get it?
It’s all in your head.'”
Pernis says you can also share a story from your own life.
“In some ways, my story is so typical of mine, and I’ve had a lot that’s similar to mine, too.
I was the single parent, so I did my own laundry, I had a little kid,” she shares.
“And it’s important to not give your child the answers to the question, ‘How do you feel about it?’
But, you know, you don’s it to be negative.
You want your child not to think, That’s not what I want.
So you say, OK, it works for me, and then you can tell your story.”
“It doesn’t matter if your child is like a teenager or a young adult.
You know, they’ve learned to deal with the challenges of their age,” she continues.
“What you need to remember is that there is always hope.
They have so many friends, and they have so much hope.”