We often see children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD who are picky eaters. There are a few explanations for this. At times, picky eating may be due to sensory sensitivities (e.g. dislike of certain textures). Other times, distractibility may be getting in the way (e.g. playing can be more exciting than eating!).
Many children with ADHD also struggle with low self-esteem. These are kids who might be having trouble in school. They might be disruptive in class, and getting negative reactions from their teachers. They might have trouble making and keeping friends. They might be a little bit different, and people don't always understand how unique and awesome they are. Because of this, these children might start identifying themselves in negative ways. They see themselves as "bad" or "stupid" or "lazy." Whatever the label, it doesn't feel good.
So how can you, as a parent, boost your child's self-esteem? Here are some ideas to keep in mind:
Working from home is a great option for many people with ADHD. You can be more flexible with your time and there are fewer workplace distractions. But this can also open up a new set of challenges. With ADHD, self-directed work can be a struggle, so working from home isn't quite as easy as you'd think! Here are some common challenges when working from home with ADHD, and 7 tips to help manage these challenges:
Check out this article called ADHD Tip: How to Meal Plan in Minutes. It walks you through a simplified version of menu planning: Menu rotation. Rather than making a new plan every week, the idea is to plan meals for a certain period of time, and repeat. In theory, that means you do the planning once and you're done.
We love this idea - it seems to obvious, but many of us get so caught up in over-complicating things. Maybe it sounds nice to plan a new many every week, but is that realistic? So, why not keep it simple by picking a few go-to recipes to rotate? You still get some variety, particularly if you have a 3-week rotation of meals, but you keep it simple!