Empowered Parenting for ADHD

Empowered Parenting for ADHD

Children with ADHD do their best when they know what to expect. Establishing a consistent routine for morning time, homework time, playtime and bedtime helps a child feel confident and secure while also smoothing transitions from one activity to the next. Today I’m sharing 5 strategies that support executive functioning and are useful tools for establishing structure in the home environment.

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10 Simple Ways to Relax at Bedtime

10 Simple Ways to Relax at Bedtime

This is a guest post by Erika Zheng of Just Letter Perfect Proofreading & Writing

Do you find yourself lying awake long after you’ve turned the light off and decided it’s time to sleep? Do you struggle with being able to relax enough to drift off?

It can be hard to wind down after a stressful day full of work, chores, and kids, so here are ten simple ways to relax and get ready for sleep.

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Avoid Power Struggles & Calm Chaos

Avoid Power Struggles & Calm Chaos

Every parent knows the feeling when we want or need our kid to do something and that simple request blows up into an all-out battle of the wills. Your child refuses to do what you’ve asked and you’re feeling more and more angry as the battle goes on. There are no winners in a power struggle. Even if you can finally convince them to comply, you’ve lost time and energy in the process. Because kids with ADHD have difficulty feeling motivated by what other people want them to do, it’s important for parents to learn how to use external motivation to gain cooperation.

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To Parents of Rising 6th Graders with ADHD

To Parents of Rising 6th Graders with ADHD

Here’s what you need to know about middle school. This information is especially important to read if your child has ADHD and didn’t have difficulties in elementary school. If you’ve already read my e-book, you know that the primary feature of ADHD is a deficit of regulation. Difficulty regulating means the brain has difficulty organizing itself to attain future goals. The transition to middle school represents a major shift in the demand for self-regulation. Because of this, for students with ADHD many problems begin in middle school that didn’t occur in elementary school.

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Simple Parenting Tweaks that Work for Kids with ADHD

Simple Parenting Tweaks that Work for Kids with ADHD

Many parents feel helpless and frustrated at times but if your child has ADHD, you may feel this way more often. It’s not uncommon for parents I see in my therapy practice to report feeling overwhelmingly frustrated and exhausted by the effort it takes to enforce simple daily routines. That’s because typical parenting strategies don’t work well for a child with ADHD. Children with ADHD are different. Read on to learn my top 5 parenting tweaks that actually work for kids with ADHD.

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How to Parent without Power Struggles

How to Parent without Power Struggles

In my practice I often see power struggles between parents and children. Parents typically want to raise a child to be a responsible and productive member of society. Sometimes, as parents, we lose focus of the end goal- we focus more on our child complying with what we want.  However, we want to raise kids to become adults who are able to problem solve and, at times, question things in an appropriate way. My solution on how to parent without power struggles and raise children who can think independently, is using Natural and Logical Consequences.  This method is appropriate for children of any age.  Kids tend to learn the lesson in a way that is easily understood.  This should ideally make our job as a parent much easier, right?

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6 Things Transgender Teens Wish Parents Knew

6 Things Transgender Teens  Wish Parents Knew

My exposure to the concept of transgender in graduate school probably consisted of a paragraph in my human sexuality book.  In 2001, the topic was not really discussed in the news as frequently as it is today.  Although my college experience was not super helpful on the subject, I have had the privilege to learn from a handful of courageous teens that remain very close to my heart.  Witnessing their struggles has compelled me to write a blog to give them a voice in an environment where they feel they have none.

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