Wednesday, March 5, 2008

How Your Parenting Style Affects Your Child.

Parenting a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has more pitfalls than
parenting the average child.

You'll need to experiment to find out what works best for
your child. Also, because a child with ADHD is unpredictable,
what works one day might need a different approach the next.

Your style of parenting affects your child's behavior. Just
as good habits can be learned, there are things that can increase
the likelihood of misbehavior.

They include:
1. Your experience as a child. If you were told off all the
time as a child, you might do the same with your own
children - or go the opposite way and never tell them off.

2. Parents disagreeing on rules. This confuses your child,
who won't know what he's supposed to be doing so his
behavior will deteriorate. You're also setting yourself up
for 'divide and rule', where if one parent says no, he'll ask
the other and act on a 'yes'.

3. Lack of energy. If you've had a hard day at work, you're
feeling low, you're not getting enough help or you're
coming down with a bug, it's easy to let discipline slip.
One-off occasions won't hurt, but if it continues for a long
time, your child may start behaving badly to get some
attention from you.

For more parenting tips for your ADD Child take a look at The Calm Kids Program