Parenting kids with ADHD can present its set of unique challenges, and the abundance of misinformation out there can only make things harder. But parenting a child with ADHD can become the joy that it should be when you begin to dispel common myths about ADHD and learn the facts instead.
Myth: ADHD results from bad parenting.
Fact: Of course, the way that parents raise their kids will have a huge and long-standing effect on their kids, but ADHD is a physiological condition. So, if people are giving you a hard time about your child’s disruptive behavior, lack of attention, or frequent fidgeting, just realize that those struggles aren’t your fault.
Myth: ADHD is a learning disability.
Fact: Kids with ADHD do often struggle to stay focused on schoolwork, but this fact doesn’t mean that they are incapable of learning. Kids with ADHD often have average or above-average intelligence and can find great success in school by getting extra support and learning how to use alternative structures.
Myth: Medication is the only option for helping kids with ADHD.
Fact: While medication is often very helpful for kids with ADHD, it is far from being the only way to help them. Adding natural supplements along with healthy diet choices can be of help. Using behavioral therapy, teaching healthy coping skills, and demonstrating understanding to your kids will go miles in helping them thrive.
Myth: All kids with ADHD are the same.
Fact: There are multiple kinds of ADHD, and each child has their own set of unique personality types and traits. Many kids with ADHD have hyperactivity, which can result in disruptive behaviors and an inability to remain still due to anxious energy. However, not all kids have the “hyperactivity” part of ADHD. Some kids mainly struggle with maintaining attention and may seem to daydream often. This is known as ADHD Predominantly Inattentive Type, commonly mistakenly called ADD. Be sure to always put your child’s own unique needs first and help them develop into their own unique selves.
Myth: Kids with ADHD simply need to try harder.
Fact: The thing about ADHD that makes it so frustrating for those who experience it is that they often really are trying as hard as they can on their own. Kids with ADHD often get labeled as “lazy” or “undisciplined” when they really just need some extra support from their parents and teachers. By using helpful activities for kids with ADHD, finding the right dietary and medicinal supports, and showing empathy, your kids with ADHD can begin to feel like their most whole and complete versions of themselves.
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