Does your child have an ADHD diagnosis, and is also identified as gifted? Are you not sure if your child is struggling to pay attention in school because they're so bright (and thus bored), or if there's something more going on? Check out the article: Does your Gifted Child have ADD (ADHD)...
The article Parenting Kids with ADHD: 16 Tips to Tackle Common Challenges is a helpful read. With input from two psychologists, it lists common issues that parents of ADHD children face. And, it offers some thoughts on how to approach things differently.
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: