Raising a Child With ADHD

Raising a child is a challenge in and of itself.  Parenting a child with ADD or ADHD can present additional challenges.  Read on to find helpful tips, guides and support from caregivers who have been where you are.

  • ADHD in Middle School
    If the transition between second and third grade seemed like a difficult one for the child with ADHD, the transition between grade school and middle school is even tougher.
  • ADHD in Elementary School
    As children enter into third grade, demands increase. During the coming years, schoolwork becomes more complex, with projects that may require planning and need to be completed in steps.
  • ADHD in Early Elementary Age Children
    Many children with ADHD are first diagnosed in early elementary school. This is when they are expected to sit still for longer periods, complete work in a timely manner, pay attention and bring papers home. All of these tasks are exactly the  areas many children with ADHD have difficulties.
  • ADHD in Preschool
    Preschool age children are often easily distracted and do not have long attention spans, however, symptoms of ADHD often become more pronounced at this age
  • ADHD in Toddlers
    Toddlers are known for having short attention spans and acting without thinking, they often become overly excited and are full of energy. All of these characteristics could also be symptoms of ADHD. The “terrible twos” are quite similar to ADHD.
  • ADHD in Children: Birth Through 12 Months
    Many parents have indicated that they have seen differences in their children as young as birth or a few months old. Althogugh there are some shared characteristics in infants with ADHD, there is no way to diagnose a child with ADHD at this young age.
  • Equality vs. Fairness
    While our children may believe these terms mean the same, there are some really big differences between treating your children equally and treating them fairly.
  • 10 Tips for Parents of ADHD Kids: How to Keep your Marriage Healthy and Alive
    Parents of children with ADHD are at a higher risk for divorce. Expert Terry Matlen offers tips for keeping your marriage healthy and happy while raising a child, or children, with ADHD.
  • Children with ADHD and Marital Stress
    Twenty three percent of parents with a child with ADHD end up divorced according to one recent study. Raising a child with ADHD can greatly impact a relationship. Couples must navigate not only their own relationship but the added stress of a child with special needs.
  • Siblings and Mental Illness
    Sibling’s lives are impacted more than parents realize when mental illness is a part of everyday life. Parents can help children to cope with the stress surrounding mental illness.
  • Accident Prone Kids and ADHD
    A few recent studies have shown a correlation between early injuries and the development of ADHD. Expert Terry Matlen discusses and explains the results of these studies.
  • Older Children Diagnosed More Frequently
    A recent study indicates children over the age of 12 are being diagnosed with ADHD more often than previously. Eileen Bailey discusses the results of the study.
  • ADHD and Hypersensitivities
    Expert Terry Matlen talks about hypersensitivities in both adults and children with ADHD. Hypersensitivity can include being uncomfortable in tight clothes or clothes with tags but can also include dislike of certain textures of food. Read more about this and how you can better cope with it.
  • When Parents Need a Vacation - Without Guilt
    Expert Terry Matlen discusses how parents of children with ADHD and other special needs need time to concentrate on them and their relationships but often feel guilty taking this time.
  • Self Direction and Transition into Adulthood
    E. Clarke Ross, the CEO of CHADD provides insight and direction for parents of teens facing the transition from teenager to adult. 
  • Surviving Summer Holidays
    Expert Terry Matlen offers suggestions for planning family vacations, summer activities or other unstructured days.   
  • Destressing Tips for Parents of Children with ADHD
    Parenting children with ADHD can be exhausting and stressful. Taking just a few minutes each day to destress can help both the parents and the children.
  • Parenting and ADHD
    Dr. Ari Tuckman discusses some of the challenges parents of children with ADHD face. There is a possibility that parents may also have ADHD, many of whom were not diagnosed until adulthood. They must use their childhood experiences to help them understand the challenges their children face each day.
  • Adoptees at Higher Risk for ADHD
    A new research study, published this month in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, found that adolescents adopted as infants are twice as likely to have behavioral disorders as those who are not adopted. Expert Terry Matlen explains the results of this study.
  • Your Child, Their Dreams
    Allowing our children to nuture their own dreams may be the greatest gift we can give them.
  • Parenting and Boredom
    There are some aspects of parenting that can be immensely boring. How to handle the boredom and the guilt that is associated with it.
  • Boredom Blasting Tips for Parents
    Expert Terry Matlen provides 12 tips for parents for overcoming the boredom children with ADHD frequently experience.
  • Managing Chores in the ADHD Household
    Expert Terry Matlen offers tips on how to work together with your family to get the household chores done.
  • If I Didn't Laugh So Much I'd Cry...
    Evelyn Green, President of ADDA, shares her thoughts on the "family with ADHD." Being a parent with ADHD of children with ADHD, life can often be chaotic.
  • Coming to Grips with Your Child's Differences: When Dreams and Realities Collide
    Expert Terry Matlen offers her insight into when a parent's dreams for their child may not match the reality of the situation. 
  • The Dangers of ADHD
    For some, the symptoms of ADHD are merely an annoyance. For others, they wreak havoc with relationships, school and work. But for others, they can be life threatening
  • When Distractions Can Kill: Safety Tips for ADHD Families
    Being hyperactive, impulsive and distracted can be a deadly combination. Or at the very least, they certainly are risk factors for incurring or causing significant injuries. How can one avoid getting hurt when ADHD symptoms are part of one's every day life?
  • Taking Care of You When Your Family has ADHD
    When your family has ADHD, life can be exhausting. It is important to take the time to take care of your own needs. Terry Matlen offers suggestions on how you can make sure your needs are met. 
  • Finding a Summer Camp for Your Child with ADHD
    When sending a child with ADHD off to summer camp, there are a number of different considerations, such as day camp vs. overnight and specialty camp for children with ADHD vs. mainstream camp. Help for parents trying to decide what is best for their child.
  • The Out Of Control Child
    Parents often ask how to deal with and help the child that seems to be out of control.  How do you control or manage the child that intimidates, hits, punches and seems to enjoy torturing their siblings? What do you do with the child that argues, is defiant, and refuses to participate or follow directions can be difficult to live with and can create disharmony within the household?
  • When Mom and Dad are Distracted, Too: Parenting When Both Parent and Child Have ADHD - Part One
    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Or, in more scientific terms, we can say that since ADHD is highly genetic. So what happens when mom and/or dad has ADHD? How does the family manage with multiple ADHD members? Find helpful tips here.
  • Parenting When Both Parent and Child Have ADHD: Part 2
    When both child and adult share ADHD symptoms, it becomes challenging for all family members involved. For example, how does a distracted parent keep an inattentive child on task? How does a disorganized parent teach a child organizational strategies? How does a parent with a short fuse tend to an overemotional child? Find out here.
  • Tips for Raising Your Child's Self-Esteem
    Children with ADD or ADHD often have difficulty managing school responsibilities and social relationships, which can make them feel alone and isolated. Help them learn how to focus on their successes and bolster a positive self-image.
  • Helping Children with ADD get to Sleep
    Children with ADD/ADHD sometimes have a hard time falling asleep. They may toss and turn or they may just not be able to shut down their thoughts long enough for sleep to come.  Eileen Bailey outlines some helpful hints to help your child get a good nights sleep.
  • Adult Children with ADD Living at Home
    As our children grow up they are taught how to do their wash, cooking, and cleaning, with the understanding that one day they will leave home. But sometimes they do not seem to be ready to leave. What happens when parents have their adult children still living at home? Eileen Bailey addresses this conundrum.
  • Games to Motivate your Children
    Eileen Bailey outlines the effectiveness of the reward system for children with ADHD.  She describes that creating games and challenges for your child is essential in maintaining their interest and keeping their mind constantly on the move.
  • Creating a Discipline Process at Home
    The home is a place where children feel safe and secure.  They feel accepted and loved.  But children can also act out at home; they can fight with siblings, talk back or not listen to their parents and be defiant.  Children with ADHD are more difficult to discipline than those without ADHD and need different disciplinary measures and methods to learn.
  • Strategies for Parenting Children with ADHD
    Children with ADHD are often hyperactive, impulsive and easily distracted.  They can forget what they have been told (minutes later) or constantly lose items.  Parents can help children learn to cope with these common symptoms of ADHD.  The strategies here will help.
  • Parenting Strategies for Children with ADD (Without Hyperactivity)
    Children with ADD can be quiet, withdrawn and shy.  They can suffer from low self-esteem, miss details, be forgetful and often misplace items.  The following strategies for parents can help keep their children with ADD on track.
  • Activities to Keep Children Entertained
    Looking for ways to keep your children stimulated, focused and amused?  Our ADHD Expert Eileen Bailey shares her tips for keeping children entertained throughout the year.
  • Coping Strategies for Siblings
    Children with ADHD require extra care and attention. Sharing a home with an ADHD child can cause siblings to experience feelings of frustration and inadequacy, but there are steps parents can take to ensure that each of their children feels equally loved and cared for.
  • Raising a Child with ADHD: Medication During the Summer Months
    Eileen Bailey describes the importance of early diagnosis and how to help young children cope with the trials, symptoms and medication options for ADHD, especially in the summer when keeping young children in check is hard enough!