For parents with a child who has ADHD life can sometimes be challenging. These children tend to be incredibly hyperactive and this can wear a parent out.
It is very important that if you know your child has this condition that you take care of yourself just as well as you take care of them.
It is an interesting statistic that one in every 10 teachers will quit within a year of starting teaching. Most often this is simply because they cannot deal with the intensity of the teaching environment. There are often children in classes who have ADHD and they seriously take their toll on the teacher. If you are a parent with one of these children, then unfortunately you don’t have the easy out that the teacher has.
It is important to remember that if you are eating well then you are going to be more mentally balanced. It is also important to make sure that your child eats correctly. It is well known that certain types of food can aggravate hyperactivity. What is less well known is that there are foods that can actively make your child less hyperactive.
A diet that is rich in certain types of food might not just reduce hyperactivity but it can also increase the childs attentiveness in a school environment. You should make sure that your child eats a diet that is rich in iron, zinc, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA are two types of fatty acid that are particularly beneficial for children with ADHD, they are found in many types of fish, especially salmon.
The advantages of physical exercise are many and for a child with ADHD it can be a good way to reduce their energy levels. One problem with these children is that they are constantly moving because they have too much energy. Taking part in regular exercise can help reduce this energy and thus improve the amount of attention they pay at school. Physical exercise can also benefit them in many other ways and it can help reduce anxiety, stress, and even avert depression.
Studies have shown that children who exercise regularly take part in less compulsive behaviour and have improved impulse control. After a short time taking part in regular exercise, children have even been shown to have improvements in memory. Furthermore, physical exercise is a great benefit for the physical health of the child.
Many parents will think that their children get enough exercise during physical education classes at school. However this is not the case for regular children and certainly not for those with ADHD. You should encourage your child to engage in additional exercise programmes after-school.
It is also important that a parent makes time for themselves. You should make sure that every day you have some time to yourself where you can do an activity that you particularly enjoy. Doing this can help you avoid stress and by being less stressed you will be able to take better care of your children.