Let’s talk about parenting strategies for a minute.
If you have a child with ADHD, you may realize that you’re adapting your parenting strategy a lot.
You’re probably constantly asking yourself questions like: Do the traditional strategies still work? Am I supposed to be parenting my child differently? Or, what am I doing wrong?
What I will tell you is this: Our generation needs to stop parenting the way our parents did.
These are some old sayings that need to be dumped in the trash bin:
● Kids should be seen – not heard
● Do as I say, not as I do
● Why? Because I’m your parent and I said so
Sometimes, the best parenting strategies are the most simple and common-sense. Here are some that I find most helpful:
● Treat your child the way you want to be treated – with respect. Sometimes, you have to teach respect to receive it.
● Explain things to your child. Help them understand the pros and cons of their actions.
● Be patient. You’ll likely need to repeat the same teachings with your child before they “click”.
Take time to implement these strategies into your parenting plan and see if you notice a difference.
If asked, how would your child rate your parenting? Ask yourself, am I parenting to the needs of my child, or I am just copying what was done in the generations before me?