Parenting is a unique challenge at the best of times. But when you’re parenting a child with ADHD during a global pandemic, it might feel overwhelming. Children with ADHD have particular needs and ways of dealing with the world, and it’s important to take those into consideration during this extra time at home.
Expect Behavioral Issues
COVID-19 has brought changes and disruptions, so behavioral issues are to be expected. Realize that your child isn’t trying to be difficult, they are just having a hard time dealing with the new normal.
Set Rules and Boundaries
Even though behavioral issues are understandable, it’s still important that there are rules and consequences your child can count on. Help them to know what you expect of them, and teach them that their behaviors (both good and bad) have positive or negative consequences.
Establish a Routine
Change can be difficult for a child with ADHD, so help them succeed by establishing a routine they can count on. Keeping things consistent can give them a sense of security and reduce frustration.
We all need to get up and move sometimes, and that’s especially important for children with ADHD. Make sure that walks, jumping jacks, or other fun activities that allow them to move and release energy are a regular part of their day.
Play to Their Strengths
Children with ADHD can feel inadequate or anxious. Build their self-esteem by helping them set achievable goals, tap into their passions and interests, and recognize their creativity and talents.
Parenting a child with ADHD during a global pandemic is a challenge, but it’s also a chance to nurture your child’s self-esteem, build your relationship with them, and better appreciate the one-of-a-kind person they truly are. By using healthy coping mechanisms like those outlined above, you and your child can thrive—even in challenging times.