Many girls are overlooked for ADHD diagnosis and treatment. The reason is that even though they may struggle in school, they have good relationships with their peers and teachers like them. Many adult women are diagnosed only when they take their children to be evaluated and realize they may be suffering from ADHD too.
All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs.
Texts, emails and phone calls can not only make homework time become longer, but may lower the quality and thoroughness of the work. In fact these distractions could cause 45 min of homework to be stretched out to 2 hours. Many kids (and adults) are addicted to checking social media and texts. As parents, it is up to you to help them remain focused on their work.
One way to do this is to allow them a 5-minute break after finishing an assignment to check their emails/texts/social media. Then have them go back to work on the next assignment. Allow them another 5-minute social media break and follow this pattern until all assignments are completed. Another take off on this idea would be instead of alternating breaks between assignments; you could have them work 20 minutes and then 5 minutes off. Follow the time pattern until all assignments are done. This will allow students to focus on schoolwork and satisfy the urges most people have to attend to their social media or texting.
Y3K TUTOR IN YOUR HOME’S ADHD QUIZ #6: PREGNANCY
Q: True or False: There is a link between smoking and drinking while pregnant and ADHD?
A: True. Studies have shown a link between smoking and alcohol use in pregnant mothers may increase ADHD risk.
When driving, children can be a distraction in the car. If there is another adult passenger, it is best to let them handle most of the interactions so you can keep your attention on the road.
Next time we will look at foreign travel with kids.
Divorce can devastate children and sometimes may be avoided. Scientists asked both men and women why they argue with their spouse. Of the list of reasons each group gave, both sides cited “money” the most. Parents can cut down on financial conflicts by dividing money into three accounts: “yours”, “mine”, and “ours”. Another way parents can avoid fights and possibly prevent divorce is to hold quarterly meetings to discuss finances.
There has been a push by some to extend the school day. They call it ELT (Extended Learning Time). There is a growing backlash from parents that in fact find this to be a bad idea. They maintain that longer school days cut into family time, sports, theater activities and tire out kids. Those promoting this idea tend to be wealthy philanthropy organizations with big ideas about education and trying to push their ideas on middle class families who are on the receiving end. Kids need a chance to unwind and have free play. A 6-7 hour school day is more than enough time to get everything done that they should be doing. What do you think?
Teach your children to think big thoughts but relish the small pleasures.
You do not have to attend every argument you are invited to.
Allergies are typically genetic. A child whose parents have allergies is more likely to have allergies too. There isn’t a cure, but there are ways to control allergies. Tomorrow will be more on how you can help people with seasonal allergies.