ADHD and Self-Esteem: How to Boost your Child's Self-Esteem

self esteem and ADHDMany 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:

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ADHD and lying behaviours

ADHD and lyingMany parents of ADHD children come to us concerned about lying behaviours. With or without ADHD, lying is a normal stage of development for children. But, it does seem that many ADHD children tend to lie more than a "typical" child. Why is that?

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For Parents: How to get some perspective

If you're a parent of an ADHD child, you might be feeling a lot of mixed emotions. You love your child, but you're tired. You're frustrated. You often wonder if it will ever get any easier. And, if you're like many families who are struggling, these emotions might be impacting your parent/child bond. If this sounds familiar, one important step is to shift your perspective. It's easy to lose sight of the big picture when you're trying to keep your head above water. So, take these 3 thoughts to help you get back to safe land:

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Parenting ADHD Children: Confessions of tired parents

confessions of ADHD parentsParenting is a blessing, but there are days when it all becomes a bit much. No matter how much you love your child, there may be times when they drive you nuts. There's no shame in this. Parenting ADHD children in particular is a tough gig. It makes for a busy and at-times (or most-times?) stressful household.

Because of this, we often have parents admit to what they feel are shameful thoughts. They "confess" their frustrations and feel guilt about it, when in reality they're normal!

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Changing the Conversation about (and with) Behaviourally Challenging Kids

dealing with a child with behavioral issuesIf you have an ADHD child who acts up or has behavioural issues, a great resource to check out is Lives in the Balance, a non-profit organization founded by child psychologist Dr. Ross Greene. We've referenced Dr. Greene's work before in our post 'Outbursts and Meltdowns: ADHD children do well if they can.' As implied, this post spoke to the philosophy that children do well if they can. If they can't, a skill is missing or "lagging."

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6 Self-Care Tips for Parents of ADHD Children

How to manage stress with an ADHD childNo one can argue the fact that parenting can be stressful. Even with the best intentions and all the love in the world - there's no doubt that it can get you down at times. On top of that, with an ADHD diagnosis in the picture, your stress levels have the potential to escalate to a whole new level. Regular ol' stress" has got nothing on trying to get an ADHD child up and going in the morning on time!

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