Trust me, as a parent of 5 school-age kids, I know how challenging life can be. Between schooling, activities, and family time, parenting can be exhausting. If your child struggles to control there ADHD, you may wonder how to help a child with ADHD without medications. There can be some added stress for you and your whole family. Let me tell you how to help your child’s ADHD without medication.
Here are some tips to help conquer your child’s ADHD without medication.
Help Your Child’s ADHD Without Medication By Establish a Routine (and actually stick to it)
Children with ADHD do better in an environment with structure. However, you can help them stay focused and organized by coming up with mini rituals for daily activities. One powerful tip is to give your child a script for each day and help them learn it. It may take a week or two, but after that, he will be able to move through the script with more ease.
For example, have him pick out clothes the night before. Then have all school supplies gathered in one spot every nightspot. In the morning, do the same routine each day. Mine starts with playing light jazz in the background to soothe our nervous systems. Then I wake the kids with ample time and we move the morning with my kids dressing, eating, and getting out the door. This structure encourages smiles and not stress.
Lead By Example
It is important for you to stay organized around the house to help your child learn that everything has a place. Engage in your own smooth routine. Not only will it keep your stress down and help you to stay inflow. Also, it will help your child’s stress too. Brains attune to each other, so less stress for you is less stressful for everybody.
Watch the video I made for a quick explanation and keep reading below to learn more about the topic.
Control Your Child’s ADHD By Hold Clear Expectations and Rules
Setting expectations is one thing, holding them is another. Kids with ADHD respond well to clearly defined, and consistent, systems of rewards and consequences. A way to help everyone stay accountable is to make a list of rules, rewards, and consequences. You can make this list as a family. We do. Then hang it somewhere for the whole family to see. This will remind your children of the rules that not only did they agree upon, but they also helped make.
Now, when it comes to rewards and consequences, try to have rewards far outweigh consequences. Praise can oftentimes be forgotten. Your child is probably used to being told to improve their behaviors. They hear what they are doing wrong from teachers, coaches, and from you at home (it is parenting after all). But it is important to acknowledge when your child is doing something right. Catch them performing a task well and tell them “Great Job!”. Tell them exactly what you liked about how they did it and you will get more of that behavior.
Self-Care Can Be a Game-Changer In Helping Your Child’s ADHD
Getting stressed out from time to time is part of parenting. But when you’re calm and focused, you’re more likely to deal properly with the issues your child is dealing with. Like I said above, managing your stress can change the stress levels in your home. I know how it impacts my house. The vast majority of the time I am relaxed and chill. On my off days, usually due to fatigue and overwhelm (raising five kids while running multiple businesses is not for the faint of heart).
Find something you love and make it a priority in your routine. My favorites include morning alone time to read, mid-day workouts and walks, and especially evening bubble baths where I hide from everyone after a long day. These times of the day are just for me. Find time each day, just for you. Even you need to hide as I do.
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