If you are the parent
of a preschool age child who has been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, you are probably
more than a little bit overwhelmed. Not only does the ADD / ADHD
child have a set of unique behavioral problems which require you to learn new
parenting skills, but you also have the added weight of trying to make decisions
regarding the care of your ADD / ADHD preschooler. It can cause
you to be more than a little bit frazzled, but you need to get a grip on yourself
because having a calm parent who is patient with the problems of ADD / ADHD
is what your child needs to help diminish the effects of the disorder.
Here are some tips on what you should do to get your mind back in the
right place after an ADD / ADHD diagnosis.
patience. A child with ADD / ADHD is going to have behavioral
problems that you might not have had with your other children or with children
you’ve care for throughout your life. You are going to need to
come up with wells of patience to help cope with these new difficulties.
be too hard on yourself. You’re going to get frustrated
with your ADD / ADHD preschooler and you’re going to make parenting mistakes.
Learn from them and move on. You can’t spend all day wishing
that you were a better parent and still have time to become one, so just do
your best and accept your flaws.
a support group. Parents of preschool children with
ADD / ADHD face a lot of difficulties and one is that other adults often don’t
understand the challenges of the situation. People will tell
you that your child is just being a child or that you should try x,y, and
z to fix the problem. What you need is to have a support group
of other parents of preschool children with ADD / ADHD who know where you
are coming from. If there is no such group in your area, consider
forming one or finding one online. The suggestions that come
out of this group will be important but the general support will be invaluable.
Figuring out that
your child has ADD / ADHD is not something which just suddenly happens one day.
You probably noticed behavioral issues which you were trying to correct or explain
for a long time before the diagnosis came. Recognize that getting the diagnosis
means that you are one step closer to understanding your ADD / ADHD child and
getting the help that you all need to make life easier for your family. Trust
yourself and rely on your support network as you learn the skills that you need
to learn to make your child’s preschool years go as smoothly as possible.
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