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Parenting an ADHD child can sometimes be difficult. Many parents express frustrations over simply getting their child to slow down, pay attention and follow directions. Kirk Martin, Executive Director of Celebrate!ADHD, provides simple tips for parents.

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February 20, 2008 at 12:26 pm
(1) Nancy (NJ) says:

Biggest parenting problem for us: not being able to control how our son is handled in school. The failures on that end create problems for us at home. Our home environment with our ADHD son is as stable (predictable) as it can be, except on days he’s been mishandled at school (i.e., allowed to get away with unacceptable behavior or works himself into a meltdown stage). It’s double the work for us at home those days, bringing him back to our house rules, etc.

February 20, 2008 at 5:05 pm
(2) Celebrate!ADHD says:

Hi Nancy,

First of all, kudos to you for meeting your son’s need for order and structure at home. Excellent.

I would approach your son’s teachers with a constructive, helpful tone and let them know what works for you at home. Make practical suggestions on how they can implement consistent expectations and consequences at school. Become a partner and I bet they will appreciate your insight!

If they are resistant to help, then send me an email and we’ll problem solve this together, okay?

Again, thanks for caring so much for your son.
Kirk Martin
Director of Education
http://www.CelebrateCalm.com
CalmClassrooms@yahoo.com

February 20, 2008 at 5:10 pm
(3) Elle ( Elna) says:

An excellent article which can help many parents. Many of the tips I used when raising my son – I have ADHD and so does my son. Before I was diagnosed I had no concept of “time” ( and still deal with “time” issues once in a while) so making sure my son got up on time, did his homework on time and got him off to school on time was a big issue. Once I was diagnosed and treated I was able to handle many things better. The issue of school and their treatment of children with ADHD was and unfortunately still a big issue at many schools and my son’s was no exception. I home schooled him as did my younger sister home school HER children and thankfully our children are now grown and succeeding in life because they were not subjected to the “put downs” suffered by many ADHD children by the school system. I hope someday this will change so all children can get the best education in any school with being “stigmatized” should they happen to have ADHD.

Elle ( Connecticut)

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