Anger Management and Children with ADHD

child 1548229 640Anger and emotional reactivity is often a big concern of parents with ADHD children. Emotional regulation is a skill that develops with age, but children with ADHD tend to take a little bit longer to learn these skills. As you can imagine, this can impact family life, friendships, school performance, and self-esteem.

As a parent, there are a few steps you can take to help your child manage their anger. For some ideas, take a look at this article we came across: Anger Is Important — But Only When It’s Managed.

Mindful Parenting: Tips on Responding to Stress at Home

Parenting isn't easy, and with ADHD in the picture it can be particularly challenging. For some tips on how to keep your cool at home during times of stress, check out the article Mindful Parenting: How to Respond Instead of React. In the article, the author talks about identifying our own triggers, and taking the time to allow ourselves a break to decompress. By doing this, it will be easier to listen to our child's struggles, and to model emotional regulation - an essential skill for all children to learn. This approach takes practice, but the payoff can be huge - for your child, but also for yourself and the whole family!

Getting back into routines post-summer

With an ADHD household, getting back into routines after the summer can be difficult. For some tips for introducing new routines, check out this article: Turning the Page on ADHD. In it, developmental behavioral pediatrician Dr. Mark Bertin, talks about the transition to back-to-school, and how it creates an opportune time to implement changes in routines at home.

As a bonus tip, if your child has difficulty listening to instructions (making it difficult to implement routines!), check out the app Brili. We've mentioned it before, but it's a great program developed to help make following routines more fun and interactive by turning it into a game!

Surviving back to school with ADHD: 3 tips for parents

back to school ADHDFor some families with ADHD, back to school time is a blessing. The children are back on a schedule (and out of the home!), and for many parents it feels like a fresh start. For other families, back to school time can be stressful for many reasons we won't get into here.

Whatever your opinion of this time of year, here 3 tips to keep in mind as September approaches:

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