Beginning later this week with Thanksgiving and continuing through New Year’s Day, sticking to a strict family schedule may be impossible. With all of the parties, events, visitors, gifts and food, the holidays can be a stressful time for children with ADHD and their parents. Here are some mental health therapist approved tips for helping your ADHD child thrive this holiday season:
1. Set aside time before holiday visits begin to talk to your child about your expectations. They can be as simple as setting some ground rules for food and behavior and remembering to say “please” and “thank you.” Remind your child that you do want them to have a fun holiday season. Offer praise for good behavior.
2. Make a “Plan B.” If you know your ADHD child can’t sit through a long family meal, let them know when they are allowed to excuse themselves. Have some back-up activities available like coloring books or movies.
3. Make an appointment with their Costa Mesa psychiatrist. Managing ADHD symptoms makes parenting a lot easier at any time of year. Check in and make sure the medication levels are correct and the behavioral therapy is working.